December 9, 2013
Weightlifting is More Than Muscles
A loud clank fills the weight room. A clank of pure satisfaction. A clank of many long, hard hours. The athlete counts his reps as he works through the pain and suffering as he knows the person who works the hardest will benefit the most. Every drop of sweat, blood, tears that have fell on that gym floor he knows is well worth it. Proud of his work-out session the athlete looks at himself in the mirror and in that mirror he sees pure satisfaction as he heads out to the basketball court. Day in and day out the athlete puts hours in doing what he loves to do. The athlete feels his muscles and brain tense as he takes off at a full sprint at the rim, with only one intention in mind. He soars through the air with aggression without breaking a sweat as he slams the ball to its home, all because of weightlifting. Dedication to weightlifting gives the athlete the upper hand, an advantage. Though weightlifting is somewhat overlooked, its physical and mental benefits make it one of the few activities everyone should do to maintain a healthy body and mind.
The sport of weightlifting has a long history. The earliest evidence of weightlifting dates to China's Zhou Dynasty, which took place from the 10th century B.C. until 256 B.C. During this time, military recruits were required to pass weightlifting tests before they were accepted into the military. Various sculptures from ancient Greek civilizations also portray the sport, showing Greeks lifting heavy stones. The ancient Egyptians even lifted heavy bags of sand for exercise as well. Olympic weightlifting first started in 1896, but the first champion in weightlifting was crowned in 1891. Today, Olympic weightlifting is still an exciting sport to watch. For example, in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece Hossein Rezazadeh, of Iran, set the world record for the lift, the clean and jerk. Hossein clean and jerked 263 kilograms, which is about 580 American pounds.
When people talk about weightlifting the first thing that may come to a lot of peoples mind is big, muscular, fit people in a small tight packed gym jamming out to hard rock music and slamming out sets. But that isn’t always the case. “There are three common types of weightlifting” (Hankin). The first one is your basic weightlifting. This has to do with people wanting to not go out and gain maximum muscle mass but to gain a healthier and stable body while burning fat and gaining muscle. Training tends to be focus on one specific body section every other day in groups of three sets of fifteen to twenty reps with weight varying. This type of training would be the most common and beneficial to people to maintain and have a healthier lifestyle. A second type of weightlifting is bodybuilding. This is the type of weightlifting that people stereotype most weightlifting athletes to. Bodybuilding has to do with the person focusing heavily on one muscle group per day usually rotating and breaking every eight to twelve reps. The purpose of bodybuilding is to gain maximum muscle mass as the athlete has maximum strength in mind not athleticism. A third and final type of weightlifting is circuit training. This is where the athlete forces themselves to maximum weight and maximum reps in a limited amount of time. The purpose of this is to not only gain muscle and to trim fat but to gain endurance and agility. Although everyone may not want to be a body builder or a circuit trainer these two types of weightlifting will benefit some people and are important. The basic weightlifting training is a program that would benefit everyone and help people obtain and maintain a healthier lifestyle.
The first thing we need to talk about is safety. Without the proper safety when weightlifting you can do serious harm to your body. Without knowledge of safety precautions you can find yourself in pain. Before you start you need to know the safety....
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