This year has seen many industries having to shift the way they do business. Yes, the dreaded pandemic has forced many organizations to adapt their offerings to suit new circumstances and various restrictions. One such sector that’s been hugely impacted is the gym and personal training industry. But amazingly, many gyms have bounced back in full force by taking their training online.
Although high level competitive Olympic weightlifting probably has a much lower injury rate than you might have previously thought, injuries do happen. Unlike most “extreme” sports, the common injuries in Olympic weightlifting are usually chronic conditions that arise from overtraining. This might not sound like a good thing, but it definitely is!
When beginners first start to learn the Olympic lifts, they often lack the necessary amount of mobility and flexibility to safely and effectively perform the full lifts. Aside from the top 10% of athletes who are genetically gifted with loads of flexibility, most of us will have to work very hard to achieve a strong and stable catch position.
It is incredibly uncommon to see someone perform a max effort squat, deadlift or clean without the assistance of a weightlifting belt. I bet most of you can count the number of times you have witnessed this feat on one hand. For those that have seen this, have ever asked them why they choose not to wear a belt?