weightlifting

The sport in which athletes compete to see who can hold the heaviest barbells is called weightlifting. To participate in weightlifting, you need a lot of upper-body strength.

In the Olympics, weightlifting is an event in which competitors heft enormous, heavy barbells up over their heads and attempt to hold them there. These barbells are stacked with weighted plates and can be as heavy as 250 pounds. Weightlifting requires powerful arm, back, and shoulder muscles, whether it's done competitively in the Olympics or as part of strength training for other sports.

Definitions of weightlifting
  1. noun
    bodybuilding by exercise that involves lifting weights
    synonyms: weightlift
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    jerk
    raising a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms
    bench press
    a weightlift in which you lie on your back on a bench and press weights upward
    clean, clean and jerk
    a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead
    military press, press
    a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead
    snatch
    a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted overhead in one rapid motion
    incline bench press
    a bench press performed on an inclined bench
    type of:
    anaerobic exercise, bodybuilding, muscle building, musclebuilding
    exercise that builds muscles through tension
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