The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)
Weightlifting fun facts
Weightlifting lowers bad cholesterol and blood pressure.
With appropriate coaching, weight lifting can help children improve motor skills, body composition and self confidence, along with many other health improvements.
The current men’s world record for snatch and clean and jerk is 472kg. That’s more than the weight of a fully-grown polar bear.
More women are getting into weightlifting. The 2015 Scottish Open Championships had double the number of female competitors as the 2013 event.
Weightlifting has a very low injury rate in comparison to most other sports.
People who are physically inactive can lose 3-5% of their muscle mass per decade from the age of 30. Weighttraining can prevent and reverse this loss.
Lifting weights can reduce the symptoms of numerous diseases and chronic conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, back pain, depression, osteoporosis and obesity.
People who exercise regularly enjoy improved sleep quality.