Can I Teach Myself Olympic Lifts?

So you want to learn about Olympic lifting?

I get it! 

I could use a gold medal hanging off my wall too.

I kid, I kid.

Even if you don’t have plans on competing, performing the Olympic lifts can be a great way to build strength and power. It’s why we teach them in our Online Coaching Program for those that are interested.

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And you DON’T even need a barbell or dumbbell to get started.

Here’s what we’ll cover today:

Let’s do this!

What are the Olympic Lifts?

In the video above, I show you exactly how to start performing Olympic lifts (even if you don’t have any equipment).

This may bring up a question:

What the heck are the Olympic lifts?

Olympic lifting aka Weightlifting (all one word) is a sport where athletes train and compete in the snatch and the clean & jerk.

We’ll cover variations that can be done with dumbbells (or even soup cans!) then explain how to progress up to barbells. Either way, the basic techniques will remain the same.


The Snatch is where the athlete grabs the bar with a wide grip, then lifts it from the ground to overhead in one strong motion.

This is a HUGE simplification of a…

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