Olympic lifting is a staple in the CrossFit training methodology. Oly lifts promote balance, accuracy, precision, strength, power, and endurance when used in in metabolic conditioning. We are proud to offer this specialty class and can improve your technique through a detailed and focus approach to each lift. CFS has the top Olympic lifting trainers in the area and can help you get to the next level. We are trained by some of the best Olympic lifting coaches in the country and have hosted Mike Bergeners Olympic lifting certifications at the box several times. Come try a class!
Outside Oly Class
Costs: Included in membership (punch card or $20 drop in, does count as a day if you are enrolled in a limited training plan).
~ History of Oly Lifting ~
Competition between people concerning who can lift the heaviest weight has been recorded in diverse and ancient civilizations as early as the earliest known recordings of such human events, including those found in Egypt, China and in ancient Greece. Today, the modern sport of weightlifting traces its origins to the European competitions of the 19th century. The first male world champion was crowned in 1891. Women’s competition did not exist, and the weightlifters were not categorised by height or weight.
The first Olympic Games of 1896 included weightlifting in the Field event of the predecessor to today’s Track and Field or Athletics event. During the 1900 Olympic Games, there was no weightlifting event. Weightlifting resumed as an event, again in Athletics, in 1904 but was omitted from the Games of 1908 and 1912. These were the last Games until after the First World War. In these early Games, a distinction was drawn between lifting with ‘one hand’ only and lifting with ‘two hands’. The winner of the ‘one hand’ competition in 1896 was Launceston Elliott, while the winner of the ‘two hands’ event was Viggo Jensen of Denmark.
In 1920, weightlifting returned to the Olympics and, for the first time, as an event in its own right. At these Games, which took place in Antwerp, Belgium, fourteen nations competed. The competition lifts were the ‘one hand’ snatch, the ‘one hand’ clean and jerk and the ‘two hands’ clean and jerk. At the next Olympic Games, in Paris, France, in 1924, the ‘two hands’ press and the ‘two hands’ snatch were added to the programme, making a total of five lifts.
In the Olympic Games after 1920, instead of requiring all competitors to compete against each other regardless of size, weight classes were introduced and, by the 1932 Olympic Games, weightlifting was divided into five weight divisions.
In 1928, the sport dropped the ‘one hand’ exercises altogether leaving only the three remaining exercises: the clean and press, the snatch and the clean and jerk. By 1972, the clean and press was discontinued because athletes started to push with legs and bend backwards instead of strictly pressing the weight overhead, and this left the sole elements of what is today’s modern Olympic weightlifting programme – the snatch and the clean and jerk. The snatch entails pulling with a wide grip the barbell overhead without pressing out with the arms. It is a very precise lift that can be nullified by a lack of balance of the athlete. The clean and jerk is more forgiving using a narrower grip pull the bar to the shoulders and then using the strength of the legs push until arms reach full extension without a press out.
A competition for women was introduced at the Olympic Games of 2000 in Sydney, Australia. As early as 1987, there were official world championships awarded to women weightlifters such as Karyn Marshall and Judy Glenney.
In 2011 the International Weightlifting Federation ruled that athletes could wear a full-body “unitard” under the customary weightlifting uniform.  Kulsoom Abdullah became the first woman to do so at the U.S. National Championships that year, and athletes are allowed to do so at the Olympics.IWF rules previously stated that an athlete’s knees and elbows must be visible so officials can determine if a lift is correctly executed.
trainer Mike Metzger in a snatch
Nov. 9th - Gobbler Gauntlet Competition
Dec. 14-15 - Oregon Xtreme Fitness Championships
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Wear athletic shoes and apparel. Arrive 10 minutes early and introduce yourself to the other participants, start stretching (as best you know how). There is a basic warm up written on the white board... just start doing that and class will start at about 5 after.
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