There are pros and cons to both standard and Olympic weightlifting, so it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. Here’s a breakdown of the key differences between the two:
Standard weightlifting uses weights that range from 2.5 kg to 22.5 kg, while Olympic lifting uses weights that range from 0.5 kg to 4 kg. This means that Olympic lifting is typically more challenging than standard weightlifting.
Standard weightlifting allows you more time under tension since the weights are heavier, while Olympic lifting focuses on explosive power and speed. If your goal is strength or size gains, then standard weightlifting may be better for you; if your goal is athleticism or performance-based goals, then Olympic lifting may be a better option.