The Rules of Olympic Weightlifting – EXPLAINED!

The Rules of Olympic Weightlifting – EXPLAINED!

Ninh explains, the Rules of Olympic Weightlifting
The object of the game is to lift more combined weight than your opponents.
Weightlifting, sometimes referred to as Olympic Weightlifting is a true test of strength and
power. Weightlifters are separated into weight class and must successfully lift a barbell
with weights over their heads with complete control.
To compete in weightlifting, you must perform two different kinds of lifts.
The Snatch. The first lift is the Snatch. This is where
you must lift the weight over your head in one single motion and holding the weight under
control. In the snatch, it is advantageous to adopt a wide grip, and once you perform
the lift, squat down to make it easier to lift over your head.
The Clean & Jerk The second lift is the clean and jerk. This
is where you must lift the weight in two stages, the clean – to get the weight at shoulder
level, and then the jerk, to lift the weight over your head and under control. It is advantageous
to adopt a narrow grip to get the weight up, and lunge forward to hoist it over your head
more easily. When you successfully lift the weight over
your head and have it under control, a buzzer will sound and you may put the weight down.
Three judges will indicate either a good lift (which is denoted by a white light), or a
failed lift (which is denoted by a red light). For a result to stand, at least two white
lights must show. The weightlifter who lifts the heaviest weight
combined from both events, wins. You have to be careful though, as you only
have three attempts at both the snatch and the clean and jerk.
Therefore weightlifters have to be tactical about what they attempt to lift and when,
not just to out lift your opponent, but failing to lift three times in one event effectively
rules you out of the contest. Do you attempt more weight than anyone else
on your first attempt? Or lift lightly in one event and go heavier
in the next? That is up to you. Weightlifting is very simple to understand,
but there’s a few other things you’ll need to know before contesting in or watching
Olympic weightlifting. For example:
Lifting Order All weightlifters must nominate the weight
that they intend to lift. The person who wants to lift the lightest
weight goes first, followed by the next lightest etc. This carries on until each weightlifter
has had their three attempts. Tiebreaker.
Should two weightlifters lift the exact same combined weight, the weightlifter with the
lighter bodyweight is declared the winner. In the rare case that the lifts and bodyweight
are both exactly the same, the person who lifted the combined weight first, or in fewer
attempts is declared the winner. Chalk
Weightlifters douse their hands and sometimes their chest in chalk.
This is to eliminate moisture and provide a little bit more grip on the barbell.
Weightlifting gloves are strictly prohibited. If you have found this video at all helpful,
please be sure to like share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
and good karma is very much appreciated. Be sure to follow me on Twitter also, but in
the meantime – enjoy Olympic Weightlifting. Dancing is completely optional.
Ninh Ly – – @NinhLyUK

Comments (60)

  1. FIRST!

    I like to dedicate this to all the members of Ninh’s notification squad!

    Good work on the vid, Ninh!

  2. Weight lifting is very risky

  3. Guess next video will be powerlifting? I'm at the gym 6 days a week but never even attempted an Olympic Lift!

  4. In the end of the video i was like oh shit you have to dance but thank god

  5. I would love to see Match Play Golf

  6. We have a weight lifting museum where I’m living, so it’s nice to have a video explaining the rules. I’ll have to swing by that museum pretty soon.

  7. The ending was so unexpected that I laughed as much as I do at a proper comedian.

  8. Usually I have to clean and jerk the opposite if you no what if I mean 😉


  9. Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz do polo

  10. There is absolutely no way I'll participate in this event considering I have a bad arm.

  11. This is painful to watch


  13. I thought the rules were just

    The person who lifts the heaviest weight wins,

    Oh was I wrong!

  14. WoW, Didn’t Know There are So Many Rules & Strategy Put Into This Games.
    Congrats To Weightlifters.
    And Good Video Ninh!

  15. You could maybe do ringette next??

  16. How about Powerlifting?

  17. Can you do Rules of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? It would be awesome

  18. Ninh explains, The Rules of Olympic Weightlifting.
    Respect to these guys, the amount of work required to be able to do this is insane!
    Like, Share and Subscribe. If someone could also share this to Reddit, that'd be great!

  19. Great video. You should do a video on Kabaddi. It is one of the most ancient sports in the world, the 2nd most popular sport in India, and the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) is fast catching up to cricket in popularity. It is also popular across South Asia. Given the size of South Asian population, Kabaddi is among the most popular sports in the world, even if it doesn't have much popularity elsewhere. I would also say that in rural India, Kabaddi is more popular than cricket (which is more elitist). There are videos on YouTube of PKL matches and international matches.

  20. Thank you for making these videos! All of them are well done, and I feel more educated about a ton of games as I watch!

  21. Just fyi the guy at very start of the video representing the USA was accused of rape fairly recently. Probably not the best person to have in a video about weightlifting. His is name is Colin Burns.

    Also the bodyweight tiebreaker rule isnt used anymore. Now its just who ever lifts more in the snatch.

    Thanks for making this video though, its a good thing that more people are aware of the sport 🙂

  22. Rules to lifting heavy stuff lol

  23. Can you do rules of under water football

  24. can you do rules of american handball? it's everywhere where i live but i cant quite grasp the rules

  25. I wonder if you would consider making a video on goalball. It is a sport created and played by blind and visually impaired people. It's an event in the summer Paralympics and is truly a worldwide game.

  26. Please make a video on formula 1

  27. Will you make a video on Indian game kho-kho

  28. The dancing man made the whole video. x)

  29. Have you don ultimate frisbee?

  30. Explain kabaddi next


  32. I feel like chalk would make the weight harder to grip.

  33. why did u take down the craps video? it was a great vid

  34. Ninh Ly before teach Explain WWE

  35. Fossball please… or whatever its called
    The table football (soccor) where you control players with sticks
    I think you got it xD

  36. 0:28 “the snatch” as he shows a picture of a split jerk

  37. 1:09 why is our dear leader kim jong un participating for south korea

  38. Rules of Olympic Sailing?

  39. Does not provide the complete rules

  40. Actually with the tiebreaker rule it changed last year, in that the body weight no longer plays a part and it’s whoever hit the total first wins.

  41. I'm amazed that the bar doesn't snap in half with all of that weight on either end.

  42. The gent dancing at the end does so to highlight the fact that his country will be gone in the next twenty or so years due to flooding caused by climate change.

  43. Thank you…. Just thanks man…. For creating such a channel! Thanks for this one as I was waiting for ages for it! Even though its optional … You bet I AM dancing after watching this!

  44. I used to think this and powerlifting were the same thing, but my guess is they are two different things.

  45. You should do a video on the difference between Olympic Weightlifting, Power Lifting, and Strongman.

  46. Ohhhhh people picking stuff up and dropping it

  47. I hope one day you explain the rules of powerlifting

  48. was maybe a bit confusing :S or I am just to stupid… maybe an example might have helped. but I got a lot of infos ! thanks!

  49. 💖💙💚💕👒💪

  50. If only I’m capable of lifting… 😔

  51. There's also another important rule. When the bar is lifted over your head, your arm must be completely straight at the top of the lift. If your elbows are bent, it's a bad lift.

  52. on :29 seconds you put SNATCH but show a picture of a jerk instead, lol.. oh yeah, listen to a video that shows the wrong movement for the snatch lol

  53. I thought it was gonna give the actual rules, like no bent elbows and stuff like that..

  54. At the tiebreak it's not the lightest bodyweight that wins anymore (Sinclair system) but it's the person to have lifted the heaviest first.

  55. Last thing before you watch a competition. If it's super-heavyweight division, you must know in advance that Lasha Talakhadze is probably gonna win it.

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