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Weightlifting

British Weightlifting

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Email
enquiries@britishweightlifting.org
Contact Telephone
01132 249 402

Get Involved

Youth Olympic Games

Sat, 06 Oct 2018 - Thu, 18 Oct 2018

What is Weightlifting?

Olympic Weight Lifting is one of the world's oldest competitive sports.

With its origins reaching back to the Olympic games of Ancient Greece where some form of it has been practiced continually for thousands of years. In 1896, it was included as one of the competitions in the first modern Olympic Games. It has since then continued to be an important part of the athletic pride of countries all over the world.

Olympic Weight Lifting is comprised of two movements, the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. The Snatch is a single movement which tests the athlete's gymnastic ability. Whereas the Clean and Jerk has been used as a means to test an athlete's strength.

Benefits

Weightlifting helps boost your strength, muscle definition and energy levels. Depending on the style of weightlifting programme you perform, it can either build the size of your muscles or create longer, leaner muscles. Contrary to popular belief, weight lifting will not make you bulky if you're female, the female body does not produce enough testosterone to do this, and instead you just lose weight!

Although standard weightlifting is not a form of cardiovascular exercise, it can still help fat loss. An intense weightlifting training session burns approximately 266 calories per hour, with extra calorie loss still occurring up to 48 hours later due to muscle growth.

Involvement

Clubs provide the best place for people of all ages and abilities to attend training sessions with a qualified coach who will help you lift weights safely and develop a programme to help you achieve your goals.

To find a club in your local area please use the 'Club Finder' here: http://britishweightlifting.org/clubs-and-gyms

Equipment

To get started, all you will need is trainers and clothing suitable to sport such as shorts and a t-shirt. Many athletes wear weight lifting suits as you advance and enter competitions.

Facts

  • In 2014 GB Athlete Zoe Smith won Gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Making her the current Commonwealth Weightlifting Champion.
  • 2017 saw British Weightlifter Jo Calvino become British Senior Champion for the 21st time in her career. Incredible achievement.

Campaigns

Parents in Sport Week: 1-7 October

This year’s Parents in Sport Week takes place 1 – 7 October 2018.

Local Contacts

Sam Jamieson

British Weight Lifting Development Officer

Telephone
0776 691 8239

Partners

  • Blaby LSA
    Sport England
    Active Leicester
    H&B LSA
    Active Rutland
  • County Sport Network
    NWL LSA
    Equality Standard
    Safeguarding
    Charnwood LSA
  • Harborough LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
    Melton LSA
    O&W LSA

Partners

  • Charnwood LSA
    Blaby LSA
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Safeguarding
  • O&W LSA
    Active Rutland
  • NWL LSA
    Active Leicester
  • County Sport Network
    Harborough LSA
  • Melton LSA
    H&B LSA
  • Equality Standard
    Sport England