The Olympic weightlifting platforms are a highly-regulated space where UWG students, faculty, and staff may perform Olympic lifts after demonstrating proper safety comprehension of each lift. Individuals must be approved by UREC prior to performing Olympic lifts.

Olympic Lifting 101

The goal of this program is to educate participants on the sport of Olympic Lifting and teach training techniques designed to improve the "snatch" and "clean & jerk". There will be no cost for the program, but it will cap at 8 people.

Session 1

  • Registration: August 15 - 24
  • Program: August 28 - September 27
  • Cost: FREE
  • Meeting Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Meeting Location: Group Fitness Studio 2

Session 2

  • Registration: September 10 - September 28
  • Program: October 2 - November 1
  • Cost: FREE
  • Meeting Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Meeting Location: Group Fitness Studio 2

Register online at myrec.westga.edu.

Olympic Lifting Test-Outs

Become approved to perform Olympic lifts on our designated platforms by appointment with Drew Powell at wpowell@westga.edu. Arrive to the platform at least 5 minutes prior to your test-out time. Each appointment will last approximately 15 minutes. Individuals wishing to perform Olympic lifts will be required to demonstrate all of the following lifts during the appointment.

Olympic Platform Regulations

  • Olympic lifting on the platforms is restricted to patrons who are approved by University Recreation staff
  • Patrons must visibly display the designated Olympic lfiting tag when performing Olympic lifts. Tags are non-transferable and must be checked out individually at the fitness desk
  • Only one person is allowed on the platform at a time
  • No spotting should be performed outside of the rack
  • Bumper plates must be used at all times
  • Weightlifting specific footwear is encouraged
  • Patrons are expected to clean up after themselves

LIFTERS MUST DEMONSTRATE ALL LIFTS TO THE SATISFACTORY LEVEL LISTED UNDER EACH LIFT BELOW TO BE CONSIDERED APPROVED.

  • Clean and Jerk

    video credit: weighttraining.com

    Clean

    1. Hands are between hip and shoulder-width apart
    2. Shoulders are directly over bar
    3. Head is up
    4. Spine is neutral
    5. Bar stays close to body
    6. Arms are extended during first pull
    7. Heels come of the floor during second pull
    8. Maintain control through the catch
    9. Maintain neutral spine through entire lift
    10. Elbows are high, humerus' are parallel in the rack position
    11. Knees and hips are fully extended before the bar is dropped

    Jerk

    1. Bar rests on shoulders in the rack position
    2. Elbows are pointing forward, humerus' are parallel to the ground
    3. Spine is neutral, head is up
    4. Dip and dive are evident and forceful
    5. Head comes through arms after the drive
    6. Arms are fully extended overhead
    7. Feet return parallel to each other if the split is performed
    8. Bar remains fixed overhead
    9. A controlled release happens from the overhead position to directly in front of the lifter
  • Snatch

    video credit: weighttraining.com

    Snatch

    1. Hands are wider than shoulder-width
    2. Shoulders are over bar
    3. Head is up 
    4. Spine is neutral
    5. Bar stays close to the body
    6. Arms remain extended during the first pull
    7. Heels come of the ground during the second pull
    8. Hips extend through the second pull
    9. Head comes through the arms after the catch
    10. Knees, hips, and elbows are fully extended
    11. Bar remains fixed overhead
    12. A controlled release happens from the overhead position to directly in front of the lifter
  • Overhead Squat

    Overhead Squat

    1. Bar remains fixed overhead
    2. Head comes through arms
    3. Spine is neutral - lumbar curve; shoulder blades retracted
    4. Knees remain in line with toes
    5. Heels remain on the floor
    6. Both femurs are parallel to the floor

For more information, contact Drew Powell at wpowell@westga.edu.