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The clean and jerk is a highly technical and impressive lift that is performed in the sport of weightlifting at the Olympic Games. It involves two separate movements: the clean, in which the weight is lifted from the ground to the shoulders, and the jerk, in which the weight is then pushed overhead. The clean and jerk is considered one of the most challenging lifts in weightlifting, as it requires both strength and coordination to perform successfully. In the clean portion of the lift, the athlete must quickly and explosively lift the weight from the ground to the shoulders, using...

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No one specific exercise is better than the next. The importance of the exercise lies in the goals you have for yourself. Before doing any workout you have to ask yourself what the ultimate result of doing a particular workout will be and see if that result is congruent with your goal. For example, are you an athlete? Do you simply want to be leaner and stronger? Or do you have aspirations to be a body builder? Each one of these requires a unique approach in order to reach the ultimate goal. Lean Muscle Let me start by talking about...

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You haven’t been to the gym in a few weeks but through those weeks you haven’t been able to stop thinking about how much you’ve been eating or how chubby you think the mirror is starting to make you look. You finally decide one night it’s time for you to go. You tell yourself, “I’m going to start tomorrow morning.” You go to bed relieved that night and wake up to a 7 a.m alarm blasting in your ear. You roll over abruptly in search of the nagging sound to hit the snooze button. Luckily, you hit it on your...

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Working out is a love, hate relationship. Some days the motivation to get to the gym is at an all time high. Other days you don’t even want to say the word exercise aloud because it makes you quiver. The awesome days are the ones that make you antsy while at work or while you’re running errands. You can’t help but think about your favorite body part or exercise you’ll be doing that day if only the clock moved quicker you’d be able to get there faster. You imagine the movement whether it’s bench pressing, squatting, cleaning, or just simply...

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Olympic weightlifting is an exercise that is often integrated into the CrossFit program. It is composed of two significant lifts including the clean and jerk and the snatch. The snatch is the first step whereby the athlete lifts the barbell from the ground in one smooth movement to overhead. In the second phase, the clean and jerk, the athlete often lifts the barbell from the floor to his or her shoulder and then overhead in a position referred to as locked out. The lifts are increasingly significant in testing for functional and explosive strength, while taking the entire body through...

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