Past Meetup

Introduction to Olympic Weightlifting - 2 hour seminar

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I'm really excited about this event and the opportunity to introduce people to the sport of weighting. Olympic weightlifting, or simply "weightlifting", is an international sport consisting of two barbell lifts: the snatch and clean & jerk. Top level weightlifters are among the fastest, most explosive athletes in sport. The lifts are truly beautiful! This seminar will be both instructional and hands-on. Participants can expect to:

- Learn about the sport of weightlifting including basic movements and safety
- See demonstrations of the lifts
- Practice the movements with PVC pipes or light weights
- Have fun!

Space is limited to 18 participants. The cost is $15 and all proceeds will be donated to the Pittsburgh Sports Performance Center/Pittsburgh Barbell Club, which operates as a non-profit. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds will be given to one or more student-athletes helping out with the event as they head off to college. Participants will be required to sign a participation waiver. $15 is payable on the day of the event in the form of cash or check.


Pittsburgh native Kevin Cornell celebrates a successful 195kg (429lb!) clean and jerk at the 2014 Arnold Classic weightlifting meet in Columbus, OH. Kevin is top-ranked national competitor and trains at Pittsburgh Barbell Club! How cool is that?

Hookgrip (named after the term used for the grip technique in weightlifting -"hook grip") is a website sharing excellent weightlifting photography.

The sport has grown in popularity in recent years in part due to the growth of CrossFit as well websites such as YouTube which have exposed to the sport including instructional resources to a broad audience. One of the fastest-growing segments in weightlifting is among female athletes. In this photo, CrossFit and Nascar athlete Christmas Abbot snatches 58kg (127lbs) at the 2014 American Open in Dallas, TX.

This photo shows the training platforms at the Pittsburgh Sports Performance Center. It is a premier facility for weightlifting.