Advanced Functional Fitness
Olympic Weightlifting (OLY) consists of two types of lifts: the snatch, and the clean and jerk. Both are overhead lifts and involve a full body range of motion. The goal is to lift maximum weight at a rapid speed using a barbell. Speed is what sets Olympic weightlifting apart from powerlifting. Powerlifting segments the lifts into the squat, the bench press, and the deadlift and the movement can be done slower as the lifter increases weight. But with Olympic lifting, the lift combines several of these movements into the snatch, and the clean and jerk into one, quick, fluid motion.