U.S.A.W United States of America Weightlifting

Last weekend I had the privilege of completing the USAW Olympic Weightlifting Coaches Course at the Yard strength & barbell in my home town of Palm Desert, CA. CrossFit is 33.3333 % Olympic Weightlifting so why not master a piece of the pie. The purpose of the certification is to learn how to teach, Coach and perform the Snatch and Clean & Jerk….

Learn how to teach and perform the Power Snatch, Power Clean and variations 
Learn how to teach and perform related Squatting, pulling and overhead pressing variations.
Learn how to evaluate and correct movement deficiencies that may inhibit weightlifting mechanics
Learn basic programming for beginner and intermediate athletes
Learn basic biomechanics and key positions of weightlifting technique
Learn rationale for incorporating weightlifting movements in sports performance training programs

 “The Mission of USA Weightlifting shall be to enable United States athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic competition and to promote and grow the sport of weightlifting in the United States.”

Weightlifting the Sport is the only barbell sport in the Olympic Games. Weightlifting has been part of the modern Olympic Games since 1896. There are regional, national, and international competitive opportunities. 8 weight classes for men and 7 for women make it non-size restrictive. Weightlifting is a lifetime sport. There are age divisions from u-13 to 80+
Uses for Olympic Weightlifting: 1. Competitive Sport 2. Strength & Conditioning / Functional Fitness

Sports Injuries Per 100 participant hours in high school sports
Track and Field 0.57
Soccer 6.20
Basketball 0.03
Football 0.10
Gymnastics 0.044
Power lifting 0.0027
Tennis 0.001
Volleyball 0.0013
Weightlifting 0.0017
Weight Training 0.0035

Today we will be working on the clean, power clean and full squat clean and its progressions. Class will be just like a clinic and finish with a conditioning piece. This is a must attend day at CrossFit Scottsdale. I will be hosting another Olympic Weightlifting Seminar in March 2012.

Clean & Clean Related Exercises:
1. Front Squat
2. Power Clean + (descending positions) 1. Power Position 2. Hang Above Knee 3. Below Knee 4. Lift Off 5. Floor
3. Power Clean + Front Squat  
4. Clean (descending positions as above)

If you need more work on the Olympic lifts schedule a 3x session package with your Coach for $99 from now until the end of the year.
Coach Luke Kayyem
USAW Level I Coach