During Olympic Weightlifting the goal is moving weighted barbells from the ground to an over-head position through the use of two primary lifts: the clean-and-jerk and the snatch.
The LSBS Olympic lifting program is beginner-friendly and led by a USAW-certified Level 1 Coach (only one in Downriver!) Both lifts are taught with a technique-focus and practiced in stages according to each lifter’s skill and experience. Each session includes a supplementary full-body workout, designed to build the strength and coordination to execute the full lifts safely.
Olympic lifting sessions are available for sign up. Go to our store to sign up now!
I was an adult when I “became an athlete”. At the age of 27, I found “my sport” and joined a roller derby league. After playing derby for a few years, my sport-specific skills were pretty good, but I was in need of cross-training to increase my strength to get to the “next level”. I was hesitant to train myself out of fear for training improperly, but hiring a personal trainer was out of my budget. Walking out of derby practice one night, I stumbled across a flyer for Women’s Weightlifting at Innovative Training Solutions in Southgate. It was exactly what I was looking for and the price was right! I thought, "I’ll commit to four weeks, learn some techniques, and use those to train myself.” At the end of four weeks, though, I wasn’t ready to be “done". Each week, I learned something new— Not just about weightlifting, but about myself. Each session was a challenge, and I got a lot out of seeing the progress in myself and my classmates. After a year of weekly sessions, my physical strength and confidence were at an all-time high. With Anna’s encouragement, I enlisted myself to become a certified Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting. As someone who wasn’t “always an athlete”, I understand how training in any sport can feel like learning to live in a whole new universe. My aim as a coach is to share my knowledge and experience to bring the same strength and confidence to women that I have found through my personal Olympic weightlifting training. You CAN do it— And if you want to, you WILL.