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What is it?

Olympic Weight Lifting is one of the oldest competitive sports. It is one of the seven sports that made up the programme of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The sport is a combination of dynamic gymnastic and plyometric movements involving a bar being lifted overhead.

Why is it good for me?

Here are the main benefits of weight lifting for women:

  • Improved flexibility and reduced chances of injuries as a direct result
  • Increased metabolism and BMR (basal metabolic rate), so calories are still burnt while you rest
  • Losing fat and toning up and improved posture
  • Strengthens and increases bone density, reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis
  • Improved energy levels because of the heightened metabolism
  • Improved homeostasis at the cellular/hormonal level

The main stereotypes in Weight Lifting are:

Will I get bulky from lifting weights?

No, you don’t get bulky from doing weight lifting. This has been a huge stereotype for years, however due to female anatomy, you don’t produce enough testosterone to build muscle.

Some women do look at training to define muscle and put weight on however it’s all down to the below areas:

  • Nutrition
  • Diet
  • Training/recovery

How much does it cost?

Club and coaches will usually charge up to £5 an hour although taster sessions are usually free.

What equipment do I need?

Weightlifting equipment, such as weights, will be supplied by the club or coach. However you will need to bring the following:

  • Vest/t-shirt and shorts
  • Comfortable trainers
  • Weight lifting gloves or chalk may be provided