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Hard Corps to host Olympic lifting competition, clinics

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Posted: Thursday, July 16, 2015 12:00 am

The Hard Corps Series will host the Olympic Lifting competition at the High Intensity Tactical Training Center aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Sept. 26.

A new event for the series this year, the Olympic Lifting competition will consist of two lifts — the snatch and the clean and jerk.

“In the snatch, the weightlifter lifts the barbell from the floor to overhead in a single movement. In the clean and jerk, the weightlifter lifts the barbell first from the floor to the shoulders (the clean) and then from the shoulders to overhead (the jerk),” said Raymond Anderson, HITT program coordinator.

According to Anderson, in a competition, each weightlifter has three attempts at the snatch and the clean and jerk. The max weight of each lift is added to create the weightlifter’s total. Medals will be awarded to the first, second and third place men’s and women’s competitors.

To help competitors prepare for this feat, Hard Corps will host a series of clinics with the first one — Snatch, Clean and Jerk — beginning Saturday at 8 a.m. at the HITT Center aboard Camp Lejeune.

“Participants will learn the training methods to be successful on each lift,” said Anderson. “We will use Dartfish, an individualized video software, to enable users to view, edit and analyze videos for correcting technique.”

The second clinic will focus on squatting and pulling exercises and the third on putting all the elements together for the competition.

“The Olympic lifting clinics offer people a chance to gain lifting experience away from your typical everyday machine style workout,” said Anderson. “We are trying to promote a year round focus on fitness and wellness.”

For those hoping to compete, the time to beginning training is now. According to Anderson, it typically takes novice lifters around 10 to12 weeks to train.

“Anyone is a good candidate for competing,” he said. “Both novice and experienced lifters will improve by simply staying consistent with the training. We’re here to help. Every coach on staff (at the HITT centers) holds a credentials as a USA Weightlifting Coach and an Advanced Olympic Lifting Certification.”

“It’s nice that these strength events are available to us on base,” said Ryan Columbe, who plans to compete in the Olympic Lifting Competition. “It’s an opportunity for us who prefer lifting to running, to get out there and show our skills and strengths.”

Registration is now open. Forms are available at mccslejeune-newriver.com/hardcorp and can be dropped off at any Lejeune-New River fitness center.

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