A Primer on Weightlifting: From Sport to Sports Training

By Loren Z.F. Chiu MS, CSCS and Brian K. Schilling PhD, CSCS

Weightlifters have been shown to be some of the most powerful athletes in the world. The weightlifting movements (i.e., snatch, clean, and jerk) are very similar to athletic movements like jumping and can provide many benefits to strength and power athletes. Although contrary to popular belief, these movements are also relatively safe to perform—less injurious than common sports like basketball and football. This article will take you through some of the benefits and positive adaptations like body composition, motor learning, and neural changes that the weightlifting movements can provide.

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This article provided courtesy of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

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