The Olympic Lifts (Clean & Jerk, and Snatch) are some of the most explosive, technical and exciting movements in the athletic arena. This is a complete exercise which incorporates a core-to-extremity motor recruitment pattern, along with learning how to generate and transmit large and sudden forces.
Refinement of the moves call for exacting standards of coordination accuracy and balance which often outstrips the ability of most strength specialists.
The benefits are strength, power, accuracy, flexibility, speed, accuracy, agility and balance. Beside cardiorespiratory endurance and stamina are also improve. According to CrossFit founder, Greg Glassman, the value of the lifts outstrips their much-promoted development of strength and power. Those who struggle to learn the lifts often suffer from a lack of sufficient speed, flexibility and ability irrespective of how much strength they possess.