Carryover from the O-Lifts
The Olympic lifts are often referred to as the fast lifts. There is a distinct speed requirement when the movements are performed. In both the snatch and the clean and jerk there is a time where the lifter must quickly relocate themselves underneath a weight they have lifted in order to properly secure the bar either overhead or across the shoulders. This speed requirement for the lifts is what makes them such a valuable training tool for any athlete who plays a sport that requires quick changes in direction and ability to apply power and speed together. In order to create speed in the lifts the athlete performing them must be able to separate the action of the leg and hip extension creating vertical displacement of the barbell with the pull from the arms moving the lifter’s body down and around the barbell. Working on timing, and precision at this moment will help with increasing an athlete’s explosiveness in their individual sport. Some other assets gained from including the olympic lifts in sport specific training include lower back and lat strength, jumping ability, and leg drive.