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 6. 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.
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.
Your head coach
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 for 5 years. She’s trained with a number of great coaches over the years, including Giles Greenwood (Team GB coach) and Mike Causer (head of LOWA).
Olympic Lifting Beginners Workshop Booking
The workshop costs £97 for the day plus free training programme.
Please click on your chosen date below to book. You will be taken to our online booking website in a new window.
The workshop takes place on a Sunday from 11am to 3.30pm. The gym is easy to get to by various means of transport.
Location: East London Rugby Club, 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.
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!”