CrossFit Longmont’s Barbell Club is for anyone who wants to learn and improve their Olympic lifts. During barbell session we work on mechanics of the movements, improving explosiveness, strength, and coordination. All of these attributes come together to help athletes lift properly and get stronger.
Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm.
The Snatch and the Clean and Jerk are two lifts of particular focus at the Barbell Club. The coaches are dedicated to teaching athletes how to execute these lifts with proficiency and confidence so as to strengthen and enhance each athlete’s lifting ability. This club is intended to supplement regular CrossFit regimen, and is designed to take you to the next level of fitness.
Email us if you have any questions or want to lift some weights with us!
BarBell is a class designed to focus on the two major Olympic lifts: the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. This class will help you build consistency in your lifts and make you a stronger, more explosive athlete. This class offers the most one-on-one coaching because the pace is a little slower and the weights are a little heavier. Click the links to see our Schedule (add hyperlink), Pricing (add hyperlink), and/ or Contact Us (add hyperlink) for more information.
Benefits of Olympic Weightlifting:
1. Increases Power. Power is scientifically defined as the amount of force applied multiplied by the distance traveled divided by the time it takes. This is simply broken down as power being the ability to display strength with speed. The Olympic-style movements are great for enhancing this ability.
2. Increases Jumping Ability. As stated before, performing Olympic-style movements helps to strengthen the fast twitch muscle fibers that are responsible for quick explosive movements we sometimes demand from our bodies.
3. Increases Speed. While combining the above mentioned benefits 1 &2, the ability to create power and the ability to move resistance against gravity together can be referred to as starting strength. Starting strength enables us to use our muscles and bodies to create enough force or power to push off a surface and propel our bodies quickly and effectively
4. Improves Body Composition. Olympic lifts are becoming important key exercises in many high intensity workouts because the exercises are really effective at helping the exercisers burn fat and build lean muscle at the same time. Olympic lifts involve the usage of many different muscle groups at the same time. Engaging many large muscle groups in a short amount of time helps yield the best caloric expenditure.
5. Improves Core Strength/Stability. Just like the more basic compound movements, Olympic-style movements involve a lot of core stability and strength. As many weight lifters are aware, the core is the foundation to the strength of all the body. It helps to keep the body upright and gives a source of balance. These both are tested and trained when performing Olympic lifts due to the complex, powerful movements required as well as the angles and placement of the bar (weight). Your “core” is so much more than just your abdominals – Glutes, lower back, and obliques all are sources of core strength and stability. Olympic lifts leave no muscle untouched, as they require strict form and sequence in order to optimize power production.
Clean and Jerk