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From bumper plates to knurling – 7 key terms you need to know about weightlifting

Posted on 05 Aug 2016 by Corissa Nunn

It seems that fitness can be as bad as finance when it comes to baffling terms that are only understood by a few.

We turn our jargon-busting powers to two of the more niche sports that will grace our screens in the next few weeks, starting with…


Here’s seven key things you need to know:

Snatch: The first type of competitive weightlift. The competitor lifts the barbell from ground to overhead in one mighty motion.

Clean and jerk: The second type of competitive weightlift. The barbell is lifted in two motions: floor to chest, then chest to overhead.

Power position: It all starts here, when the competitor’s knees shift forward in a double bend and the bar touches the thighs.

Pulling position: The position of the competitor’s feet when the motion of a snatch or clean hoists the barbell upwards.

Receiving position: The position of the competitor’s feet when they steady the barbell after a snatch or clean.

Bumper plates: The weight plates loaded onto a barbell, weighing 0.5 to 25kg. Usually made of rubber for dropability.

Knurling: The criss-cross grip texture on the metal bar of a barbell. Weirdly, it’s in different places for men and women.

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