The “snatch” and the “clean & jerk,” collectively known, in the U.S., as “Olympic-Style Weightlifting” and everywhere else in the world simply as “weightlifting,” has a unique ability to develop an athletes’ power, control of external objects, and mastery of critical motor recruitment patterns. Weightlifting is the ONLY barbell sport contested in the Olympics. Contrary to misconception, it is statistically one of the safest sports in the games and its athletes are considered among the most flexible and highest jumping; in addition to being known as THE strongest(to name a few attributes!) This is all NOT without ample justification; though justification that can only be understood by those open minded enough to dig into them!
When done correctly, ones flexibility is tested and worked on EVERY rep and ones “posterior chain” is activated to exert power onto the barbell, which is where we also jump from. Also when done correctly, these lifts have been compared to golf or “ballet with a barbell.” They are difficult and for good reason, they produce MAJOR, PRICELESS payoff!
CrossFit Centex’s Weekly Classes
Crossfit Centex’s weightlifting program is headed by, Chad Vaughn(8-Time National Champ, 2-Time Olympian, and American Record Holder,) and, Jodi Vaughn(2-Time National Champ, Many Time International Team USA Member, and Junior American Record Holder.) It is specifically set up to be a weekly, detailed skill session for the CrossFitter BUT can more than accommodate anyone interested in these Olympic movements for overall athletic ability, increased individual sport potential, sport specific weightlifting, etc.
For CrossFit specifically, the question has always been, ” is technique on these lifts important?” The question SHOULD be, “how could it not be?!” Proper technique = energy conservation = more reps = higher intensity! If you have been around CrossFit long enough you know that intensity is THE premier goal of the program as this is what produces the MOST results OR wins the competition, if that happens to be your goal! Not to mention, by moving your body and the bar in a way that will suck the bar in close to your body and allow the bar to move in a straighter path throughout the entire lift, you will be able to move increasingly heavier loads for lower rep, maximal exertion efforts. Don’t fool yourself into believing that this is not an important skill to hone for the CrossFitter! It is easily neglected, yet a major, necessary goal of the CrossFit program!
The Intro Session is required before entering a regular class and the 4 pack can be used at your availability though your spot will have to be reserved prior to each class. Only 6 spots available for each class for quality assurance!