If performed correctly with good coaching, weight lifting can be very beneficial.
Olympic weightlifting is designed to make our muscles more explosive, not to make them bigger. Therefore many people, especially women, are hesitant to perform Olympic lifting, thinking it will make their muscles bigger. On the contrary, it will actually help lean out the muscles and build core strength.
Olympic lifts can help you to dramatically increase your total-body strength. Movements such as snatches and clean & jerks are great for improving core strength and stability, which is essential for staying injury free.
One study of elite athletes found that Olympic weightlifters burn almost as many calories per day as marathoners do. Another reported that, on average, the lifters have as little as 5 percent body fat.
Don't be afraid of Olympic weightlifting. Try out out one of Beach Fitness' Strength-X classes to have the movements broken down for you. We guarantee you will gain strength and have fun!