Lifting weights or resistance training increases strength, power, endurance and muscle mass, as well as boosts metabolism, decreases body fat, increases bone health and helps to relieve stress and boost confidence. Weightlifting as a sport falls into two main categories, Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting.
Powerlifting vs Olympic Weightlifting
Powerlifting is a great way to improve physical strength and consists of three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. Olympic Weightlifting is a great way to increase power and consists of two lifts: the snatch and the clean and jerk. Power is the ability to display strength with speed.
Compound movements such as squats, bench press and deadlifts are important foundational exercises that help build a person’s strength. The strength gained from powerlifting regularly can be used to increase power output. The power required for the Olympic lifts is significantly higher than what is needed for powerlifting. So why do you need power? Powerful movements work the fast twitch muscle fibres, helping you to accelerate faster and recruit more muscle fibers to do work. Overall, having power makes you more efficient at your chosen sport and in every day life.
working on specific parts of the lift. learning a new skill. refiniing a technique.