Olympic lifting is a barbell sport specifically focused on the snatch, the clean, and the jerk.
If our goals in CrossFit classes are to move large loads long distances quickly, why wouldn’t we focus on the Olympic lifts? They provide the most bang for the buck and have some of the greatest transfer to most of the other CrossFit movement vocabulary. Even for those who don’t have dreams of the Olympics, we believe everyone can benefit from the strength, power, coordination, mobility, and balance involved in this method.
Artie Dreschler said, “The mere practice of the Olympic lifts teaches an athlete how to apply large amounts of force. Part of the extraordinary abilities of an Olympic lifter arises out of his having learned how to effectively activate more of his muscle fibers more rapidly than others who aren’t trained to do so. This becomes extremely important for athletes who need to remain at lower body weights for athletic purposes but need to learn how to apply greater force.”