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Olympic style lifting

Benefits of completing the Olympic style lifts

Numerous authors report that Olympic style lifts such as the clean and jerk and snatch lifts can generate some of the highest power outputs in resistance training exercises (Janz et al 2008, Zawieja 2008, Newton 2010, Comfort et al 2011). Thus, this is one important reason for completing these lifts as part of a general S&C programme. In turn, the high power outputs generated in such lifts as the clean and snatch or in their derivatives may contribute to greater athletic power (Hoffman et al 2004, Tricoli et al 2005, Hori et al 2005, 2008). This viewpoint is supported in studies that have reported close relationships between Olympic style lift performance and speed and power. For example, Hoffman et al (2004) showed that an 8-week programme of Olympic lifting was superior to traditional power lifting in enhancing jumping power. Similar results from a 15-week training study displayed a significant advantage for Olympic style lifting over plyometric type training for vertical jump performance gains (Tricoli et al 2005). Other studies support such findings of a strong relationship between Olympic style lifting and athletic performance in sports such as football, basketball, volleyball and track sports as well as jumping (Hori et al 2005, 2008, Canavan et al 1996).