Sport little known to the general public but always present at the Olympic Games, weightlifting has many advantages. More and more coaches, athletes and sportsmen of all persuasions are discovering the benefits associated with weightlifting. Whether it is for improve sports performance or speed up metabolism and lose fat, the clean and jerk and the snatch are exercises of excellence.
Force x distance = time. In other words, power is the ability to generate force quickly. Weightlifting exercises are particularly effective for this goal.
Weightlifting is one of the best ways to increase vertical jump (jump higher). In a study published in 1999 in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, people performing weightlifting movements had higher jumping ability than individuals performing basic strength movements such as squats or deadlifts.
always in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Researcha 2004 study including 20 American football players found that those who performed weightlifting movements noted a marked improvement in their sprint speed compared to those performing powerlifting movements.
Weightlifting exercises have become essential in training camps (boot camp) in the United States, for the simple reason that they promote fat loss and muscle building. In the Canadian Journal of Applied Sport Sciences, a 1983 study found that subjects lifting weights over 8 weeks lost an average of 6% body fat and gained 4% lean muscle mass. As a bonus, the individuals had on average lowered their resting pulse rate by 8% and had seen their systolic blood pressure drop by 4%.
Weightlifting movements not only require static and dynamic flexibility, but also develop these same qualities. In fact, many physical therapy programs include the snatch movement to assess an individual’s static and dynamic flexibility.