Welcome to NUIG Weightlifting! Set up in 2016, we aim to introduce the sport of Olympic Weightlifting, commonly known as “Weightlifting”, to all students, staff and alumni in a fun, friendly environment. Weightlifting provides a range of health benefits which include increased strength, explosive power, flexibility, mobility, improved posture and increased confidence.
We cater for all levels from complete beginner to experienced lifters, and for all interests from those who just want to keep fit to those who wish to compete or use Weightlifting to improve performance in other sports. We train in Planet Health and Fitness (located above the bowling alley) on the Headford Road, which is a 10 minute walk from campus, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30.
Weightlifting competitions are held throughout the country during the year and include Intervarsities in February. We send a team every year to this and try our best to secure our name as the top University Team in the country!
Olympic Weightlifting is one of the oldest competitive sports still practiced today. Tracing its origins back to ancient Greece and China, Weightlifting was one of the seven sports that made up the programme of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, 1896. Weightlifting for men has featured at every edition of the Olympic Games in the modern era, with women’s events introduced at the Sydney Games in 2000.
Weightlifting is made up of two competition lifts: the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. The Snatch involves lifting the barbell from the floor to an overhead position in one continuous movement while the Clean and Jerk consists of moving the barbell from the floor to overhead in 2 movements: from the floor to the shoulders, and from the shoulders to overhead.
Olympic Weightlifting is a bodyweight sport with athletes competing against others in the same category. Each weightlifter receives three attempts in each of the two lifts and the athlete who lifts the highest combined weight after the Snatch and Clean & Jerk is the winner. Women compete in 10 categories: 45kg, 49kg, 55kg, 59kg, 64kg, 71kg, 76kg, 81kg, 87kg, +87kg and men compete in 10 bodyweight categories: 55kg, 61kg, 67kg, 73kg, 81kg, 89kg, 96kg, 102kg, 109kg and +109kg.
The 2021/2022 academic year will be the first year since the COVID-19 pandemic where our club can return to group training. We intend to have two beginner sessions and two intermediate sessions each week! We are looking forward to training with you! Please follow our instagram for more info on this! @nuigweightlifting
Our 2019 Inter-varsities Team!
Our 2020 Inter-varsities Team!
Training times are TBD!
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