Latest update: our workshop has temporarily moved online! Read on or see below for booking details!
Whether you are learning the olympic lifts for the first time, or eager to have your form checked by an expert, the Olympic Lifting Beginners Workshop is the ideal opportunity to spend quality time on your snatch and clean & jerk.
What’s the workshop like?
We break the technique for the snatch and the clean & jerk down into small, manageable steps. By the time we put it all together, you have gained confidence in each step, and the technique is flowing!
Throughout the workshop, you will be carefully coached according to your current starting point. Our usual coach-to-athlete ratio is 1 to 8. No big groups with just one coach at the front!
We’ll look at mobility and movement drills which will improve your performance in the olympic lifts. We’ll also learn a bit about programming and give you a beginners training programme to get you started.
Online workshop: Weightlifting From Home – Skills Course
During the Covid-19 pandemic, our workshop has moved online.
If you’ve ever thought about learning Olympic Weightlifting, there’s never been an easier time than getting advanced coaching from your own home.
This is a 2 hour course in which your coach will take you through the key positions for the Olympic lifts: the snatch, clean & jerk.
We will guide you through mobility drills for your overhead and squat positions, and start building strong posture so that you can safely perform both lifts.
If you already have some experience with the lifts, then this course will ensure you have a clear understanding of the best technique for your personal movement style. Even if you don’t have a bar and weights at home you can come out of this lockdown period with expert technique and posture that will help you lift at your best.
The course is designed as an entry point for our weekly Weightlifting sessions, where you can join the rest of the team to put your skills into practise.
Equipment needed: stick/broom or barbell.
I’ve never lifted before – is this suitable for me?
No previous experience of weightlifting is necessary. We teach everything from scratch and don’t assume any prior knowledge. We have special ‘technique’ bars and plates that are very light, so it’s easy to get started.
Once you have completed the one-day workshop, you can either join our regular classes to continue your practise, or follow our complimentary Beginners Programme on your own.
Olympic Lifting Beginners Workshop Booking
Our online workshop costs £35 for the 2 hour session. Please click on your chosen date below to book. You will be taken to our online booking website in a new window.
Sunday 26 April, 11am-1pm [this workshop takes place online via Zoom]
Our in-person one day workshop costs £97 for the day plus free training programme.
Please click on your chosen date below to book.
Sunday 19 July, 11am-3.30pm
The workshop takes place on a Sunday from 11am to 3.30pm. The gym is easy to get to by various means of transport and has free parking.
Location: Strength Hub E15, 71 Holland Road, West Ham, London E15 3BP. Nearest station West Ham (5 min walk) on Jubilee, District, DLR & national rail. Free car parking is also available.
Your coaching team
Sally has been a competitive olympic lifter for a decade. As a 40-something Masters athlete now, she enjoys training and competing just for fun. When she took things a bit more seriously, her best result was Bronze at the British Senior Championships in 2013. Sally has been coaching the olympic lifts since 2014. She’s trained with a number of great coaches over the years, including Giles Greenwood (Team GB coach), Mike Causer (head of LOWA), and the late Glenn Pendlay.
Sarah competes internationally at Masters level and is a Level 3 National Referee – meaning she has your training covered from every angle, whether you want to get fit and strong, or actually go to the Olympics. As a BWL Level 2 Coach, Sarah holds the highest accreditation currently available from the sport’s national body.
Sarah’s background is in martial arts, rugby and CrossFit. She has focused solely on Olympic Weightlifting since 2014. She now uses these skills to help people in all sports and fields to improve.
Video taster of an Olympic Lifting Beginners Workshop
Success Stories – hear from people who have done the beginners workshop!
Jon came to our beginners workshop with no experience in olympic lifting and various ‘mobility challenges’! Two years later, he is a regular member of the club and has competed twice for Strength Ambassadors.
Ellen came to our beginners workshop because she wanted to learn alongside other beginners not ‘people who had been doing it for years’. She loved it, and became a regular in the weekly classes. “The enjoyment never ends because there’s always a ‘next thing’ you can work towards!”