If you’re looking for a sport to take part in that is inclusive, fun and challenging then weightlifting could be for you!
One of the great things about the sport is that anyone can take part at their own level. For those who are looking to be more competitive, there is a chance to compete and try and qualify for National championships.
For those that are looking to enjoy a sport as a hobby, there is an opportunity to challenge themselves to learn skills whilst improving both physical and psychological health at the same time.
The weightlifting exercises are also well known for their ability to improve athletic performance. This includes improvements in:
Locker 27 Weightlifting Club was founded in 2014 by Locker 27 Athletic Development owner, Matt Church and weightlifting Head Coach, Mark Hill.
The club has grown from one session per week to 3 days a week of coached training sessions.
The club is currently host to several national champions and record holders and is ranked as one of the top weightlifting clubs in the country.
Our weekday sessions (Tuesday and Thursday) are led by one of our qualified coaches. In these sessions, members train together and follow a group programme.
We believe that the benefits of a group of people training together and performing the same exercises outweigh the benefits of participating in an individualised training programme. However, coaches will adapt and scale exercises for members where appropriate.
Our Saturday (Super Saturday) session is a 2 hour session, which will be the largest session of the week and is regularly visited by members of other clubs and individuals looking to train in a group.
On Monday and Wednesday, we run slightly shorter Intro to Weightlifting sessions, designed to focus primarily on technique and becoming familiar with the classic lifts of Snatch and Clean & Jerk.
WHAT IS WEIGHTLIFTING ?
Weightlifting (often referred to as Olympic Weightlifting) is a sport made up of 2 lifts: the snatch and clean & jerk.
The aim of the sport is to lift as much weight as possible in each of the 2 lifts. The resulting total determines where a lifter finishes in his or her weight category. There are several male and female weight categories in the sport, meaning individuals can compete against others of a similar bodyweight.
The Weightlifting movements are also frequently used by athletes in different sports to improve strength and power. In more recent years, they have become a staple part of Strength & Conditioning programmes and are increasingly popular part of CrossFit programmes across the world.