Contrary to what many people believe, Olympic Weightlifting is not at all about big muscles. In fact, it is actually by using a higher percentage of muscle fibers that one becomes stronger. In Olympic Wegihtlifting, the focus is on execution speed and on coordination. This explains why athletes that have practiced explosive sports such as sprint or gymnastics, or practiced activities such as dance are often excellent weightlifters. But in any case, speed, strength and coordination can only be achieved through work and sustained training.


Weightlifting is a very safe sport when practiced under the qualified supervision. At Concordia-International, all athletes over 16 years old actually follow the coaches seminar from the Quebec federation. All members, without exception, are required to follow an individual training plan designed by their coach to match their own skill level and progression.

Olympic Style-Weightlifting has been an official Olympic sport in it’s own right since 1920. Before then, it was part of the Track & Field event. Event though it’s been a long standing Olympic sport,a women division was only included as of 2000. Olympic Weightlifting is made up of two official lifts; the snatch and the clean and jerk. Each athlete has three attempts at each lift and the best weight in each designated weight category wins.

The Snatch

The snatch is performed by lifting the bar, in a single move, from the floor to the full extension of the arms. The athlete lifts the bar just high enough to be able to very quickly squat underneath it with his or her arms fully extended. The athlete then stands up without flexing the arms. Athletes of a good calibre can snatch their own weight; at the Olympic level, the snatch weight is close to twice the body weight of the athletes.


The Clean & Jerk

The Clean and Jerk is performed in two stages. In the first stage, the athlete lifts the bar from the floor in a single move until the bar rests on his or her shoulders. The athlete must actually squat to catch the bar after using the strength of their legs and the velocity of the pull to propel the bar upwards. After a brief pause, the athlete then jerks the bar up, pushing the bar up with the strength of the legs, and fully stretching the arms until the elbows are locked. Again, since the load is heavy, the athlete actually does a split to get under the bar and then stands up with the bar, always keeping the elbows locked.