This week on Barbell Shrugged we are kicking off an epic 5-part series on the sport of Weightlifting.
It’s a big year for the sport. This fall, the World Championships are coming to Houston, Texas, and the timing of this competition could’t be more perfect. Every day across the planet waves of new athletes are flooding into Crossfit gyms, all eager to discover and eventually master THE Olympic lifts – The snatch, clean and jerk.
There’s no doubt about it, this recent injection of talent, resource and attention has led this sport to revival. There’s just never been a better time to be a Weightlifter. However, this moment has been in the making for a long time now, much longer than you might think actually.
If you want to understand the future of weightlifting, it helps to know a little bit about the past. So, that’s where we’re going to start.
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The roots of this sport stretch back to ancient times, when athletes and warriors alike lifted wooden clubs and heavy stones. The methods were primitive, to be sure, but people still took strength training very seriously. According to Anthropologist Peter McAllister, there is evidence that the recorded stone-lifting capabilities of a few ancient Greek beast-men rival that of any modern strongman, even with the advantage of drugs and gear.
Strength was also always venerated in tales and myth. The most famous example would be the story of Milo of Croton, a 6th-century BC wrestler who built up his strength by lifting and carrying a small calf daily. As the animal grew in size, so did Milo’s strength. Yes, carrying around an ox is cool…and very impractical…but the really interesting part to this myth is that it clearly communicates a basic understanding of progressive overload.
After countless centuries and advances, this simple idea is still the core tenant of lifting – You cannot get stronger without trying to lift heavier and heavier loads.
In more recent, lifters and their feats of strength have captivated crowds, but it was actually the advent of the barbell that made the modern sport of weightlifting possible. Calibrated steel enabled the spread of the lifts and programming knowledge around the world. It built the strongest Olympic champions of all time, lifting greats like Naim Suleymanoglu and Pyrros Dimas to name just a few. And most importantly, it has inspired a new generation of athletes to step out onto the weightlifting platform.
Some great advice on how to begin your journey.
You are witnessing history in the making. Right here, right now, one of the oldest sports on earth is finally getting the attention it deserves. And what’s more, now it’s YOUR chance to join the story and make a contribution of you very own.
Welcome to The Weightlifter’s Journey, Part One.
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