We are excited to announce that the Tri-Cities Athletics Weightlifting Club is official! Our purpose for launching this Club is to create a program, an environment, and to build the Olympic Weightlifting community in the Chicago area. Casual lifters, competing lifters, and those looking to develop their weightlifting skills will find themselves at home in the TCA WC, in a place where knowledge is passed along to all ability levels. We’re serious about our Weightlifting, and our partnership with USAW as a registered Weightlifting Club.
ALL Olympic Weightlifting classes are available on a “Punch Card” or “drop-in rate” basis. Existing CFTC members can purchase a “punch card” or a “drop in” prior to registering and attending each Olympic Weightlifting class. Punch cards will be based upon your membership type (Gold, Silver, or Bronze). A flat drop in rate for all members is also available. Our service breakdown is listed below.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Pre-registration is REQUIRED and it requires either a purchased drop-in or punch-card. Space is limited to 10 and it is handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
To purchase, click on the link and you will be directed to our online shopping cart. If you are NOT a CFTC member, the only option to purchase will be the Non-Member punch-card. If you are a member, please log in first and the appropriate option based upon your membership status will be available. If you have any problems, please feel free to contact us.
- Gold Members (unlimited): $48 ($4 per class)
- Silver Members (3x/week): $72 ($6 per class)
- Bronze Members (2x/week): $96 ($8 per class)
- Boot Camp Members: $120 ($10 per class)
- Non-Members of CFTC: $240 ($20 per class)
What is Olympic Weightlifting?
The Sport of Olympic Weightlifting is one of the world’s most misunderstood and under appreciated sports. Part of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, Weightlifting is the only Olympic Sport in which heavy weights are used.
There are two recognized Weightlifting events, the “Snatch” and the “Clean and Jerk”. In the Snatch, the bar is pulled in one explosive motion from the floor to full arm’s length overhead. The combined attributes of great strength and blinding speed are needed to accomplish this challenging event effectively. The best lifters in the world in the lighter bodyweight classes can lift as much as 2.5 times their bodyweight in the Snatch. The best super-heavyweight weightlifters in history have lifted nearly 500lbs/227.5 kg. in this lift.
In the Clean and Jerk, the bar is also lifted to full arm’s length overhead. However, although it is considered one event, the Clean and Jerk is really two lifts that must be completed immediately after the other. In the clean, the bar is raised (pulled) in an explosive motion from the floor to a point of rest approximately at the level of the shoulders. The second part of the Clean and Jerk, the Jerk, consists of bending the legs and then extending both the arms and the legs to bring the bar to full arm’s length over the head in one explosive motion, In order to make the lift easier to perform, athletes typically drop into a “split” position, or merely bend their legs quickly while the bar is rising in order to catch the bar at arm’s length. Since the athlete is lifting the bar in two stages in the Clean and Jerk, heavier weights can be lifted in the Clean and Jerk than in the Snatch.
The best lifters in the world in the lighter bodyweight classes can lift as much as three times their bodyweight in the Clean and Jerk. The best super-heavyweight lifters in history have lifted nearly 600lb/272.5kg in this lift.
Why Olympic Weightlifting is important to general fitness, and athletic development:
Olympic Weightlifting is a safe and time efficient way to develop multiple athletic capacities within:
1. cardiovascular/respiratory endurance
Olympic Weightlifting consists of a “ground based” series of movements designed to create strength and power. This will carry over into any sport you’re currently participating in whether it be: Football, Soccer, Running, Baseball, Tennis, CrossFit, etc…
Full body development of our athletes is also a benefit of these lifts, including:
-Developing Kinesthetic awareness.
-Increasing muscle fiber diameter.
-Increasing neural adaptations.
-Improving intra-muscular coordination.
-Improving inter-muscular coordination.
-Increased “Core” strength, stability, and control.
What happens during a CrossFit Tri-Cities Olympic Weightlifting Class?
Each of our Olympic Weightlifting classes are under the supervision of a USA Weightlifting Certified Coach. All ability levels are welcome to attend these classes!
Each class consists of:
-Dynamic warm-up, and flexibility.
-Skill-Transfer and Skill-Development movements pertaining to the Snatch and Clean and Jerk.
-Hands-on feedback from the Coach.
-A progressive program for all ability levels.
Whether you’re training for a competition, new to the lifts, developing your athletic capacity for another sport, or just enjoy the feeling of moving something heavy over-head, this class is for you!