Why You Should LOVE the Olympic Lifts....

Published June 5, 2017

There are 10 components to Physcial Fitness, as described by Greg Glassman.  They are ....

  1. Cardiovascular / respiratory endurance – The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.
  2. Stamina – The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.
  3. Strength – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force.
  4. Flexibility – The ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.
  5. Power – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.
  6. Speed – The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.
  7. Coordination – The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.
  8. Agility – The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.
  9. Balance – The ability to control the placement of the body’s center of gravity in relation to its support base.
  10. Accuracy – The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.

The Olympic lifts address all of these, even stamina, as witnessed when you cycle the lifts for multiple reps.  I can't think of any other movement that addresses multiple facets of fitness as well as the Snatch, Clean and Jerk. 


If you want to become a better athlete, and want to get the most bang for your buck, the Olympic lifts should be a staple in your training. 


At Top Gun CrossFit, we have 2 days where we concentrate on the lifts - take advantage of them and become a better CrossFitter !!

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