Olympic Weightlifting at Evolve
Evolve is the best gym in Edmonton for Olympic Weightlifting, period. Our facility is setup for proper weightlifting training with 15 platforms, Eleiko men's and Woman's bars, and over 2000kg of bumpers. Edmonton has been missing a gym dedicated to Olympic Weightlifting for quite some time, which is why we wanted to give our members the opportunity to train with the best equipment and be coached by the best Olympic Weightlifting coaches in Edmonton.
Evolve Weightlifting Club (Olympic Power and Fitness Weightlifting)
The Olympic Power and Fitness Weightlifting Club operates at Evolve and offers Olympic weightlifting programs to both competitive and recreational lifters. Kevin Zimmerman is the head coach for the club. He is an NCCP level 2 coach with extensive experience coaching athletes from novice to elite level competitors. He has coached athletes for team Alberta at Western Canadian Championships as well as Junior and Senior National Championships and has coached athletes to become national champions.
We have regular club times every Monday-Thursday night from 4-8 pm. Here you will receive some of the best technical coaches’ cues as well as train with other individuals in Olympic Weightlifting; some who train for recreation and others who train to compete. This is a very healthy learning environment to learn these skills in a supportive yet challenging setting.
The club registration gets you coaching during club hours and basic programming. Individualized programming and coaching outside of club hours is also available at an additional fee upon request.
Club costs are $50 a month or $10 for a drop in (in addition to Evolve admission or monthly membership).
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- Olympic Power and Fitness Weightlifting Club
- Whether you are an elite weightlifter or new to the sport, we have a program for you. The club is open to competitive and recreational lifters wanting to get expert coaching on the olympic lifts. Introductory, youth and elite programs available!
- Personal and Sport Specific Coaching
- 1 on 1 olympic weightlifting coaching and sport specific (football, hockey, etc.) coaching are both available.
- School Groups
- We have junior and senior high school classes attend our facility to learn the sport of olympic weightlifting and learn proper lifting techniques. Olympic weightlifting is used to develop explosive power for all athletes, so introducing kids to the sport at an early age is a great way to develop proper training habits and lifting technique! Excellent for phys ed. and sport performance classes.
- Weightlifting Training Camps
- 4-6 hour training camps are available to groups seeking to learn more about olympic weightlifting and be taught proper lifting techniques. We've worked with groups such as CrossFit clubs, a group of 70 firefighters, and many more!
- Weightlifting Seminars
- Every couple months we host a 2 hour weightlifting seminar for those who want to come in and learn the technique or brush up on existing technique. Keep an eye on our website or subscribe to our newsletter to find out when the next one is!
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Growing the Sport
One of our goals at Evolve is to grow the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. We firmly believe it is one of the best strength based sports in the world and also one of the best training modalities for any sport that requires explosive movements. To learn more about what we can offer, email us at email@example.com
What is Olympic Weightlifting
Olympic Weightlifting is a competitive sport where the athlete attempts to life a loaded barbell overhead by means of the snatch and clean and jerk. It is practiced throughout the world and as the name states, is an Olympic sport in the summer games.
Weightlifting is revered by many as being one of the most demanding sports as it encompasses agility, strength, power, speed, coordination, and timing all in one movement less than a second long. Many mistake weightlifting as bodybuilding or powerlifting but each of these types of resistance training are very different from one another. Briefly speaking, bodybuilding focuses on increasing the size of a muscle, Powerlifting focuses on improving the maximum weight an individual can bench press, squat and deadlift for 1 repetition and Olympic Lifting focuses on the maximum weight an individual can snatch and clean and jerk.
Olympic Lifting develops a great deal of speed and power in an individual, making this one of the recommended training techniques for any sport containing fast movements such as sprinting, football, hockey, or rugby. It also develops a great kinesthetic awareness for an individual, increases in muscle size, improvements in flexibility, and improvements in motor unit activation and coordination.
Here are the two lifts done in Olympic Weightlifting broken down. All descriptions have been taken from Alberta Weightlifting and you can get more information regarding Weightlifting in Alberta on their website.
The barbell is placed horizontally in front of the lifter's legs. It is gripped, palms downwards and pulled in a single movement from the platform to the full extent of both arms above the head, while either splitting or bending the legs. During this continuous movement, the barbell may slide along the thighs and the lap. No part of the body other than the feet may touch the platform during t he execution of the lift. The weight, which has been lifted, must be maintained in the final motionless position, arms and legs extended, the feet on the same line, until the Referees give the signal to replace the barbell on the platform. The lifter may recover in his or her own time, either from a split or a squat position, and finish with the feet on the same line, parallel to the plane of the trunk and the barbell. The Referees give the signal to lower the barbell as soon as the lifter becomes motionless in all parts of the body.
The Clean and Jerk
The barbell is placed horizontally in front of the lifter's legs. It is gripped, palms downwards and pulled in a single movement from the platform to the shoulders, while either splitting or bending the legs. During this continous movement, the barbell may slide along the thighs and the lap. The barbell must not touch the chest before the final position. It then rests on the clavicles or on the chest above the nipples or on the arms fully bent. The feet return to the same line, legs straight before performing the Jerk. The lifter may make this recovery in his or her own time and finish with the feet on the same line, parallel to the plane of the trunk and the barbell.
The athlete bends the legs and extends them as well as the arms to bring the barbell to the full stretch of the arms vertically extended. He or she returns the feet to the same line; arms and legs fully extended, and waits for the Referees’ signal to replace the barbell on the platform. The Referees give the signal to lower the barbell as soon as the lifter becomes motionless in all parts of the body.
We will be hosting a number of Olympic Weightlifting competitions throughout the year. If you are interested in attending as a competitor or spectator, visit the Alberta Weightlifting Association website for more details on the upcoming competitions held at Evolve and in Alberta.