Why Olympic Training Belongs in Health Clubs

It’s easy to see why everyday exercisers might be intimidated by the thought of Olympic lifting. But the image of a hulking weightlifter throwing around a bar loaded with a dangerous amount of weight isn’t really what it’s all about. Olympic-style strength training has worked its way from elite athletic facilities into the mainstream gym experience, and that’s a good thing for health clubs and exercisers. Implementing this type of strength training can help fitness facilities create revenue streams and motivate exercisers.

Exercisers Benefit in a Big Way

Olympic training is challenging but it pays off because it’s an extremely effective form of strength training. Convincing exercisers to try it may require some education.

Dr. Shawn Bailey is a fitness enthusiast who opened a fitness facility, Grandview Pro Fitness, next door to his medical practice in Columbus, Ohio. He provides ample reasons why this is a great workout option for anyone.

“(Olympic training) works most major muscle groups at the same time which ensures you are getting a total body workout,” explained Dr. Bailey. “It puts a major focus on core strength, which I believe is extremely important and is also frequently neglected by everyday exercisers. Olympic lifting also helps develop high intensity, interval type cardiovascular development which has been shown in some studies to be better for preventing cardiovascular disease compared with lower intensity, longer duration cardiovascular exercise.”

Once exercisers incorporate Olympic lifting into their workout routines, the results they see should keep them coming back.

“Learning how to move a prescribed amount of weight utilizing many different joints/muscle groups simultaneously is very beneficial to anyone,” said Jason Barber, a master trainer with Life Fitness Academy who specializes in tactical training. “Incorporating Olympic weightlifting movements also empowers anyone. This builds self confidence and increases esteem in the individual.”

High-Performance Personal and Small Group Training

Because form and technique are essential to Olympic training, it’s perfectly suited for the attention offered by personal training. Novices can learn the basics from one-on-one instruction and progress to small group training where Olympic lifting is a big part of the workout.

“Many exercisers are intimidated with Olympic training and the best way to overcome the intimidation factor is to hire a good lifting coach to help introduce the style, teach proper technique and make corrections along the way,” explained Michele Sotak, a master trainer for Life Fitness Academy based in Chicago. “It's helpful if the exerciser has access to great equipment, such as Hammer Strength bars, squat racks, bumper plates, rigs and platforms. Solid equipment encourages solid form.”

Small group training with Olympic lifting as its centerpiece shouldn’t be exclusive. It provides challenging workout options for all levels of exercisers.