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The Best Online Olympic Weightlifting Programs in TrainHeroic

Nov 18, 2021 | Strength & Conditioning

Snatch, Clean & Jerk. Expert Olympic Weightlifting Programs to increase your total

Olympic weightlifting is some of the most fun and the most frustration you can experience as an athlete. If you’ve dedicated any significant amount of time to weightlifting, you know how hard it can play with your emotions.

One day you’re feeling fresh and rested, but missing should-be easy lifts at 70%, like the lifting gods decided to be jerks and crank up the gravity on your platform. Then on a day when you’re feeling “just ok”, by the mercy of whatever moon phase or planet alignment or hormonal cycle, your 90% lifts are smooth as butter. Maybe you even hit a PR (a miracle!).

It’s enough to make an athlete want to light some candles, draw some symbols, and sacrifice a goat on the platform.

Figuring out form tweaks feels like a sudoku brain teaser. Adjusting gradually to a new starting position or zeroing in on specific cues takes intense focus and consistent practice. Sometimes making a lift feels like pure luck. 

Weightlifting can also be isolating. It’s not the same as the communal suffering of a CrossFit class (pros and cons to that one). Plus, a lot of the repetitive grind is very unsexy.

But the fact is: quality programming gives you the best shot at being your strongest.

 

You might have some idea which pieces of your lifts need work, but you don’t know why it’s always your overhead positioning or what to do about it. You’re tired of stalling, hitting the same plateaus, or feeling like you’re just sort of playing around with weights instead of aiming for solid goals.

It’s time to get stronger and faster under the bar. Grow your push/pull/squat strength to put more explosive power behind your snatch and clean and jerk. 

We’ve compiled the absolute best online weightlifting teams and programs in the TrainHeroic Marketplace. Get daily programming delivered to your phone where you can track your percentages and message your coach for individualized feedback. 

No more lifting cycle guessing games. No more chilling in your comfort zone or staring at a loaded bar with nothing but questions swirling in your brain.

From seasoned veterans to the newbies training for their first meet—these programs focus specifically on Olympic weightlifting technique, skill, strength, and power with meaty complexes and form drills written by star coaches.

Grab your wrist wraps. Lace up your Romaleos. Step on the platform and get ready to put in the work. 

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The best weightlifting programs on the internet

Cal Strength Club

Founder and head coach, Dave Spitz (@cal_strength), is a USAW Senior International Coach with over a decade of experience training all levels of weightlifters to put up fat totals. His programs have turned out record-holding beefcakes like Olympic champion, Wes Kitts (@weskitts22), who also coaches for the Cal Strength team. Apart from the Club, Cal Strength has a ton of other teams and programs to fit whatever pieces of the Oly puzzle you need to work on.

Catalyst Athletics Club

Greg Everett (@catalystathletics) is known in the lifting world for his no-nonsense approach and prolific books, blogs, videos, and bomb educational content from 10+ years in the industry. He’s coached international medalists, national champions, and record-holding athletes. Catalyst offers other teams and programs depending on your WL journey—Aimee Anaya Everett (Mattie Rogers’ coach) hosts an exclusive team for women: Aimee’s Ladies

Earned Not Given

Programs by elite USAW champ and cat-loving badass, Mattie Rogers (@mattiecakesssss), have been in high-demand for ages. Known for her grit and transparency about mental health, this 2020 Tokyo Olympian has years of professional competition experience behind her training. Get personal coaching, learn weightlifting insights, and exchange memes with Mattie so you can lift like an Olympian. Newbies! Mattie also offers a beginner-level track to get you started. 

 

(PS. Her inclusive new athletic apparel brand, Viicaya, is definitely worth checking out.)

Squat University: Back to Basics

Chad Vaughn (@olychad) and Dr. Aaron Horschig are the wise wizards behind the hugely successful Squat University (@squat_university). Chad is a two-time Olympian, national champ, and USAW record-holder with a CF-L2 cert. Aaron is an athletics-focused PT, S&C coach, and published author of some incredible books on functional movement. Together, their two-part program emphasizes strategic mobility, quality movement patterns, barefoot warmups, intense volume and progressive overload.

Olympic weightlifting back to basics
CH Fitness & Performance

Olympian and USAW Hall-of-Famer, Cara Slaughter (@caraheadsslaughter), runs the show at CHFP (@chfpweightlifting). She’s an international coach whose weightlifting methodology is based on patience, practice, and effective positioning. Choose from a menu of training options including off-season programming and 3, 4, or 5 sessions per week. Cara rocks as a champion for the POC community by hosting clinics and training camps that make Olympic lifting more accessible to black women. 

Waxman’s Weightlifting Team

Waxman’s Gym (@waxmansgym), is an old school weightlifting hub run by Oly OG, Sean Waxman. Sean has 28 years of experience as an international coach and gym owner with “a wall full of national and international medals.” His team is geared toward intermediate lifters looking to improve their work capacity and develop confidence on the platform. He also puts out resources for coaching development. One of Waxman’s mottos: Strength changes lives.

Honorable Mention: London Olympic Weightlifting Academy

LOWA out of the UK has 165 dedicated athletes and counting—we love to see it! 

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Lily is TrainHeroic’s Marketing Content Creator and a CF-L1 with an English background. She was a successful freelance marketer for the functional fitness industry until being scooped up by TrainHeroic. An uncommon combo of bookish, artsy word-nerd and lifelong athlete, Lily is passionately devoted to weightlifting, CrossFit, yoga, dance, and aerial acrobatics. Find her showcasing her artist-athlete hobbies on IG @lilylectric.

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