What is Olympic Weightlifting?

Olympic weightlifting is comprised of two lifts; the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk. In the snatch, a barbell is lifted from the ground to overhead in one smooth movement. In the Clean & Jerk, a barbell is lifted from the floor to the shoulder and then overhead in a locked out position. These lifts test for explosive and functional strength, while taking the whole body through it maximum range of motion. During these lifts the body is working as a whole, the body is not separated into parts and pieces. The Olympic lifts are inherently technical, dynamic and fast.

Why Olympic Weightlifting?

Weightlifting will make you more powerful, stronger, faster and more agile. Olympic Weightlifting is the foundation for speed-strength sports such as track and field, football, hockey, soccer, etc. The sport of Weightlifting teaches not only physical skills but life skills of focus and discipline. In our digitalized and information era, we cannot underestimate the importance of developing the ability to block out distractions and cultivate concentration and mindfulness.

Our Approach to Weightlifting

Weightlifting has always held a special place in our heart. Our coaches are passionate about the sport. We spend time with our athletes on a weekly basis in coached classes as we want to ensure the best experience possible for athletes when they walk through our doors. Our club meets three times a week for 90 to 120 minutes per session. Each session is coached and includes warm-up, technical skill work, the classical lifts, as well as basic strength and assistance work. Our coaches are NCCP Level 1 certified andHead Coach Tania Vrga has trained with coaches such as Terry Hadlow, Greg Everett, Christine Girard, world record holder and Olympic medalist Alexandre Varbanov, and the legendary Bulgarian Coach Ivan Abadjiev.

CrossFit Winnipeg is about health, fitness, and performance. We use Olympic weightlifting for adult fitness to develop functional strength and skills that will transfer to day-to-day life and in youth to develop athletes in the sport of weightlifting or in their chosen sport. We believe in community and a welcoming atmosphere where you can be rewarded for every step forward in the betterment of your fitness no matter how big or small.