Olympic Weightlifting Terminology
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Dynamic Start

A dynamic start is a method of beginning a pull from the floor (such as in the snatch or clean) in which the athlete moves continuously into the position in which the bar is first separated from the f...
Hook Grip

The hook grip is used in the pull of the snatch and clean to ensure a secure grip during the aggressive acceleration of the bar. The lifter first wraps the thumb around the bar, then grips the thumb w...
Scoop

AKA Transition, double knee bend   The scoop is the forward movement of the partially-bent knees under the bar during the double knee bend of the snatch or clean.   Read more about...
Static Start

A static start is a method of beginning a pull from the floor (such as in the snatch or clean) in which the athlete sets and holds the starting position at least momentarily before actually lifting th...
Straps

AKA Lifting straps   Straps are fabric or leather strips that wrap around the lifter’s hands and bar to secure the grip on the bar. Most often used for snatch or clean pulls or deadlifts ...
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