A decade ago, a Men’s Health article caught the eyes of retired federal agent Mario Dispenza, who was, at the time, looking for something new in training. Having been active with cardio and weights all his life, he was drawn to the claim “the greatest workout known to man,” so he picked up their piece about Olympic Weightlifting. Mario found the sport to be quite captivating, and the article spurred him to find a local USAW coach. Soon he was hooked.
Olympic Weightlifting is about sport: the bar is lifted overhead in a fast, explosive movement. Body mechanics are key. Olympic Weightlifters train to become more efficient with the bar, to better harness their strength and grow their personal records (PR’s). In the sport of Olympic weightlifting, there are two lifts: the snatch and the clean and jerk. The snatch is performed with a wide grip. The bar is lifted overhead in one single motion.