What’s it all about?

Weightlifting is the sport or activity of lifting barbells or other heavy weights.

Weightlifting helps boost your strength, muscle definition and energy levels. Depending on the style of weightlifting programme you perform, it can either build the size of your muscles or create longer, leaner muscles. Contrary to popular belief, weightlifting will not make you bulky if you’re female, the female body does not produce enough testosterone to do this, and instead you just lose weight!

Although standard weightlifting is not a form of cardiovascular exercise, it can still help fat loss. An intense weightlifting training session burns approximately 266 calories per hour, with extra calorie loss still occurring up to 48 hours later due to muscle growth.

Men’s weightlifting has been an Olympic sport since the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. Women participated for the first time at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000.

For more information visit the British Weightlifting website.

Get involved

To get started, all you will need is trainers and clothing suitable to sport such as shorts and a t-shirt.

Clubs provide the best place for people of all ages and abilities to attend training sessions with a qualified coach who will help you lift weights safely and develop a programme to help you achieve your goals.

There are a few weightlifting clubs in Kent, to find one near you, please use the British Weightlifting club finder.