During the Covid-19 pandemic, our olympic weightlifting beginners 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.
“I really enjoyed the session and was pleasantly surprised to find the movements were doable and I could do something resembling a broomstick snatch and clean and jerk by the end of the session. Even though I only had a broomstick and can only get zoom on my phone not my laptop, the set up worked really well and I got lots of great feedback and answers to my questions.” – Matilda C
“The best part of the course for me is the way the entire lifts were split into distinct components, making the idea of learning them seem much more manageable…It’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all experience and Sarah [the coach] will modify specific exercises to fit my ability.” – Doug H
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.
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.
Weightlifting From Home Skills Course 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 5 July, 11am-1pm
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!”