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Olympic Lifts

The Olympic l Lifts a.k.a., weightlifting

There are two Olympic lifts, the clean and jerk and the snatch.  Mastery  of these lifts develops the squat, deadlift, power clean, and split jerk while integrating them into a single movement of unequaled value  in all of strength and conditioning.  The Olympic lifters are without a doubt the worlds strongest athletes.

These lifts train athletes to effectively activate more muscle fibers more rapidly than through any other modality of training. The explosiveness that results from this training is of vital necessity to every sport.

Practicing the olympic lifts teaches one to apply force to muscle groups in proper sequence, i.e., from the centre of the body to its extremities (core to extremity). Learning this vital technical lesson benefits all athletes who need to impart force to another person or object as is commonly required in almost ALL sports and daily activities.

In addition in learning to impart explosive forces, the clean and jerk and snatch condition the body to receive such forces  from another moving body both safely and effectively.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the olympic lifts unique capacity to develop strength, muscle, power, speed, coordination, vertical leap, muscular endurance, bone strength, and the physical capacity to withstand stress.  It is also worth mentioning that the olympic lifts are the only lifts shown to increase maximum oxygen uptake, the most important marker for cardiovascular fitness.

Sadly, the Olympic lifts are seldom seen in the commercial gyms and commercial fitness community because of their complex and technical nature. City Bowl Fitness – Strength and Conditioning (http://www.citybowlfitness.co.za), makes them available to anyone with the patience and persistence to learn.

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About DiabeticAthletic (30 Articles)
A type 1 Diabetic and a firm believer that hard work produces the best results and that there is no easy road to success. Functional and Crossfit Training are my FAVOURITE training styles, "I train for LIFE, not to look good in a mirror! After all... What is a Ferrari , without its engine.." Nicholas Caracandas is the owner of City Bowl Fitness - Strength and Conditioning and has been in the game for just under a decade. With more than 600 clients under his belt and over 5000 hours of personal training completed his knowledge and ability to deliver results are unparalleled. Starting off specialising in Kettlebell training and boxing he became head coach and programmer for CrossFit Mother City's Strength and Conditioning program. He runs the Bikini Body Challenge at City Bowl Fitness which specializes in female weight loss and overall body sculpting. Being a type 1 Diabetic for 19 years he has a vast knowledge on Nutrition and healthy living with a vast understanding of tried and tested training methods capable of delivering any goals you may want and need. Nicholas works at 4 facilities around Cape Town and is the proud bid winner of a 2017 Government contract to provide services to profile government employees. Weight loss, lean muscle mass, sport specific training, performance training and injury rehabilitation are just some the services on offer. No matter your goal, shape or size he is one of the few trainers that offer a money back guarantee.

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