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A-Z of Program Design Olympic Weightlifting

CPDs : 1.5

If you’re a performance coach who wants to incorporate Olympic weightlifting with your clients, this short course will educate you on the effective programming of Olympic weightlifting, both within the field of strength and conditioning, and within the sport of Olympic weightlifting itself. You’ll gain clarity on how to improve your athletes’ Olympic weightlifting performance.

Olympic weightlifting performance requires many physical performance qualities, including extension strength within the ankle, knee and hip extensors, positional strength within the spinal extensors and torso muscularity, explosive rate of force development and power outputs, mobility, flexibility, and the ability to rapidly stabilise the body. All of these have a significant transfer to sports performance. The technical and performance demands of Olympic weightlifting require a large commitment on behalf of the athlete and the coach, along with a sound knowledge of how to effectively progress an athlete’s Olympic weightlifting ability.

Suggested Pre-requisite

  • CIMSPA: L2 Gym / Group Ex

Aims and objectives:

  • Understand how Olympic lifts enhance power and rate of force development (RFD) in athletes.
  • Understand the various types of Olympic weightlifting training methods.
  • Be able to determine correct target ratios between the squat, push and pulling absolute strength, and Olympic lifts.
  • Understand variations in Olympic lifts, such as hangs, powers, pulls and complexes.
  • Design effective periodised Olympic weightlifting-based programmes for beginner and advanced athletes.
  • Identify Olympic weightlifting movement weaknesses and know how to correct common technical errors in athletes.

Author Bio

  • Thomas Stringwell

    Thomas Stringwell is the founder of Your Gym Sports Performance Ltd, an education provider that specialises within the fields of strength and conditioning and sports science. He’s an accredited strength and conditioning coach with the UKSCA and currently provides performance consultancy services across a range of sports including rugby union, rugby league, soccer, handball, boxing, mixed martial arts, BMX supercross, strength sports and Youth Athletic Development.

    He holds an MSc in Sports Biomechanics (Loughborough University), a 1st class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science (Manchester Metropolitan University) and a Certificate in Education teaching degree (Huddersfield University), with future ambitions of completing a PhD within the field of motor learning, constraints-based learning and non-linear pedagogy.

    He has a real passion for education and coach development, having both coached and taught within the fields of strength and conditioning and health and fitness for over a decade. He’s a lifelong strength sport enthusiast, having competed both in Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting at a national level, with a genuine drive to support and educate coaches throughout our industry.