Olympic Lifting: why you need it

At CrossFit Utah Valley, we've recently expanded our Olympic Lifting (remember the oly lifts are clean+jerk and snatch) program to include three days, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30pm, and Saturdays at 8:00am. For those who've already caught the oly lifting bug, this is great news, and we've already had great interest. But others may still be wondering what's so great about olympic lifting. If you're one of those still on the fence, here are some reasons you should consider joining our Oly class.

1. Olympic lifting gives you all the benefits of other kinds of weightlifting, but faster. Weightlifting makes your muscle fibers more compact, and stronger, it also makes for denser, stronger bones. And unlike other kinds of lifts, oly lifts make use of virtually every muscle in the body. You can't get much more efficient than that!

2. Olympic lifting will improve your athletic performance, no matter which sport. When you improve at olympic lifting, you're improving your speed and power. This translates to any sport you might choose, whether it's running, or tennis, or even CrossFit.

3. More oly lifting translates to more muscle mass, which leads to that extra fat melting away. You'll look and feel better naked!

4. All levels welcome. Jessie is our main coach for these classes, and not only is she a world-class athlete, she's a great teacher. If you're still trying to figure out when to pull and when to drop - and what in the world is the bar supposed to be doing? - no worries! Come try it out. Also, these lifts take lots and lots of practice. Even if you think you've figured the basics out, it never hurts to get in a little more practice!