Pegasus Gymnastics
Farleigh Hill
Tovil, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6RG
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Farleigh Hill, Tovil, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6RG
W -, E -, T - 01622 688719

Olympic Weightlifting - A stronger Future

Pegasus Olympic Weightlifting Club is affiliated to British Weightlifting. We have excellent equipment, a spacious layout and experienced coaches. No previous experience is required to join in the sessions and all ages (from 9years – adult), all shapes, and sizes are welcome.

Weightlifting requires physical and mental agility. Skills learnt include building strength and explosive power, core stability, coordination and balance which can be applied to any sport but is otherwise a great way of keeping fit.

Benefits include:

 A full-body workout – weightlifting improves core strength and will also work the back, arms, and shoulders. Strong muscles, tendons and ligaments are more capable of withstanding stress and are less likely to be injured.

A leaner, more toned body - weightlifting increases lean body mass and reduces body fat percentage. It focuses on coordination and speed, building strength more slowly and creating lean muscle.

Improved flexibility – by working through a full range of movement.

Improved bone health – weightlifting increases bone mineral density which is particularly important for women.

Weightlifting can improve quality of life as confidence is gained.

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Olympic Weight Lifting is one of the oldest competitive sports the origins of which can be traced back to ancient Greece and China. In 1896 weightlifting appeared in the first Olympic Games in Athens. Women were allowed to compete for the first time in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

There are two competitive lifts in Olympic Weightlifting events:

The Snatch is the first lift performed in competitions and each participant has three tries to make a successful attempt. The objective of the snatch is to lift the barbell from the ground to overhead in one continuous motion. The snatch is a more technical lift than the clean and jerk and takes less than one second for an experienced lifter to complete.

The Clean and Jerk is the second lift of a competition and is considered the ultimate test of strength and power. The Clean and Jerk is broken into two parts but is still classified as one lift. The barbell is lifted from mid-thigh into a racked position on the shoulders and is then pushed up above the head with locked arms. Each competitor has three attempts to successfully complete a lift.

Participants compete against others in the same weight category. The person who lifts the highest combined weight after the Snatch and Clean & Jerk is the winner of that weight category.