Weightlifting is the sport of lifting heavy weights. Weightlifting has been an Olympic sport since 1896, and it involves two events: the one-hand lift which is lifting weights with one hand and the two-hand lift which involves both hands. Within those two categories there are two subcategories within them: the single-movement and the two-movement. Single-movement is when the person is lifting from the floor to a full arm extension. A two-movement is lifting from the floor to your shoulder, then lifting over your head.

How do you start Olympic weightlifting?

Olympic weightlifting starts by joining a gym and gradually getting stronger by working out with lower weights and moving up to higher weights and reps while maintaining a full-clean session. Olympic weightlifting isn’t just about power, it’s also about speed and how well you can perform lifts.

What is the weight of an Olympic weightlifting bar?

The Olympic bar for men is 2.2 meters (7.2 feet) long metal bar weighing 20 kilograms (44 pounds). The outer ends measure 50 mm (2.0 in) in diameter, whereas the grip area is 28 millimeters (1.1 inches) in diameter and 1.31 meters (4.3 feet) in length.

What are the Olympic weightlifting events?

In Olympic weightlifting, there are two events: the snatch and the clean and jerk. The snatch starts the weight on the floor, and you must fully extend and lift the bar over your head with a wide grip stance. Clean and jerk, is similar, but you don’t have to go as far down to the ground, and you must stance your feet have you lift the bar.

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