What is Olympic Weightlifting?

Olympic Weightlifting, is an athletic discipline in which the athlete attempts a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates.

In comparison with other strength sports, which test limit strength (with or without lifting aids), weightlifting tests aspects of human ballistic limits (explosive strength); the lifts are therefore executed faster—and with more mobility and a greater range of motion during their execution—than other strength movements. Properly executed, the snatch and the clean and jerk are both dynamic and explosive while appearing graceful.

I think it is one of the best gyms for weightlifters and strength athletes to train 🏋️‍♀️ in Austin, Texas.
— Coach JianPing Ma - Ma Strength, Head Coach, Lindenwood University, 2012-present, Olympian, 1984, Masters World Champion 2017-2018

What is the Austin Method?

We consider our style of coaching more tactical than most. Rather than only being fixated on raw strength, we focus on the biomechanics, balance, proper timing required to lift a barbell. We emphasize on technical proficiency and make frequent adjustments to address deficiencies and errors of the athletes we train. Our training is programmed in periodization blocks, with embedded strength cycles.

We always train with an end goal in mind (for example a competition, mock meet or just simply hitting that next PR).

China has dominated the world of Olympic Weightlifting more so than any other country. Very few people have had the opportunity to be invited guests into the Chinese training system. Coach Ronan has made various trips to China to tour dozens of training halls, learning from elite level coaches, and to train with professional level athletes. We've adapted these training methodologies from the Chinese Weightlifting System and applied it to the western athlete and weightlifter.

The Chinese System initially evolved from the Soviet and Bulgarian training systems.

Other training influences also stem from Russia's modern day system, as well from Belarus (80-90s Soviet Union).

Most functional fitness programs will confine Olympic Weightlifting training into a 1 hour time-slots in order to maximize athlete headcount, this is not the correct approach for Olympic Weightlifting.  Working faster, or with less volume in condensed time blocks will result in unnecessary exhaustion, poor technique, longer recovery times and potentially long term injury. Adapting AMRAPs, EMOMS and various MetCon based CrossFit style workouts that are inclusive of Olympic Weightlifting movements will not yield the same end-result.  In most cases this is counterproductive resulting in poor technique that will limit the athlete from progressing in he sport.

If your Olympic Weightlifting coach is teaching burprees and double-unders they are not an Olympic Weightlifting coach.

"If you want to be an Olympic Weightlifter you must train like a Olympic Weightlifter".

It is out belief that not all weightlifters should train the same therefore training is adjusted based on their unique, individual situation. The simplest example of this would be using the same program for male and female athletes.  The results will not be ubiquitous, so why leverage the same training plan?  

This is what defines our athletes and separates us from the rest.

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