Workshop Dates To Be Announced throughout the Year
All progressions are modified per athlete. Every workshop will concentrate on the Olympic Lifts -- The Snatch & Clean
In CrossFit, Olympic Lifts are not only taught for the strength factor but for mechanics and the skill it takes to do these lifts and how that skill transfers into other movements.
Spend the time learning, studying and practicing the two basic lifts. The snatch and the clean & jerk bring speed, power, coordination, agility, accuracy, and balance to strength training.
As always, we separate groups based on their specific needs, ability, and prior understanding of the lifts.
WHY OLYMPIC LIFT?
It is amazing to uncover ALL the benefits of Olympic Weightlifting. First, what is Olympic Weightlifting? Olympic weightlifting is comprised of two lifts; the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk. In the snatch, a barbell is lifted from the ground to overhead in one smooth movement. In the Clean & Jerk, a barbell is lifted from the floor to the shoulder and then overhead in a locked out position. These lifts test for explosive and functional strength, while taking the whole body through it maximum range of motion. During these lifts the body is working as a whole, the body is not separated into parts and pieces. The Olympic lifts are inherently technical, dynamic and fast.
In CrossFit, we teach that in order for ones fitness to be balanced, we must train ten areas of fitness. Those are; cardiovascular respiratory/ endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.
Olympic lifts are unique in there ability to create neurological and muscular adaptation. “They 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.” (CrossFit Foundations, 2006)
In addition, they are the essence of a functional core to extremity movement. A core to extremity movement starts with a stable core/spine and creates a wave of muscle contraction to the weaker extremities. These are the “natural” muscle recruitment patterns of our bodies. By using our bodies as a whole, each piece gets stronger.