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The Source of Information on Weightlifting & Weight Training from the Publishers of:

The Weightlifting Encyclopedia (WLE),  The Weightlifting Encyclopedia Video Companion (WEV) and the NEW

 "Referee's Pal"


Real secrets? They aren't easy to find. But once found, they are usually easy to understand. And the best kept secret in all of weight training and fitness is Olympic-style Weightlifting. Olympic-style Weightlifters are the strongest and most powerful men and women in the world (they are also among the fastest and most flexible). Top weightlifters are stronger than "bodybuilders" like Arnold Schwarzenegger, or pro football players, or pro wrestlers, or "World's Strongest Man" competitors. Yet most people know very little, if anything, about competitive Weightlifters.

If you are lucky, you catch a glimpse of them every four years, when the Olympics are broadcast. Then they go back into their essentially secret training quarters in very specialized gyms for another four years. These athletes and their coaches know more about the intricacies of effective weight training than anyone alive, yet very few people, even the "experts" in your local gym, have any idea of how competitive Weightlifters exercise to develop their great strength or their attractively muscled bodies (no, they aren't born strong - nor do they rely on dangerous drugs or "breakthrough" food supplements to get that way).

Amazingly, the muscles of champion weightlifters do not have what some people consider to be the almost "freakish" look of the bodybuilders you see posing their oiled and artificially tanned bodies on TV or magazine covers. Yet the muscles of champion weightlifters are generally stronger, more powerful, more flexible, more functional than a bodybuilder's (see the book cover photos above). Well then, how do competitive Weightlifters train to become so strong without huge muscular bulk? What secrets do they know?

You've come to the right place to find out. We are dedicated to promoting and developing the sport of Olympic-style "Weightlifting", and to applying its vast knowledge base to the problems of weight training for health and fitness. We are committed to providing you with the information you need to improve your proficiency in the sport of Weightlifting, as well as helping you improve the mental and physical qualities that can be highly developed through the practice of Weightlifting and weight training (e.g. strength, power, flexibility, weight control, concentration and confidence).

Our first major effort in this regard was the publication of The Weightlifting Encyclopedia (WLE) - the most comprehensive guide ever written on the sport of Olympic-style Weightlifting - designed to guide both the beginner and the advanced athlete and/or coach to world class performance. WLE has 576 pages in a full size 8.5" X 11" format. It contains nearly 400,000 words and more than 100 photos, illustrations and tables. The book's scope and authority are unparalleled. It's content is truly unique, in that it brings the training knowledge of many of the greatest competitive weightlifters from around the world to your fingertips.

Our second publication, The Weightlifting Encyclopedia Video Companion (WEV) was produced to complement WLE. It demonstrates many of the techniques and exercises that are discussed in the book. Together, these publications represent the most comprehensive guide to Olympic-style Weightlifting ever offered (as well as a great deal of information on general weight training).

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, an athlete or a coach, interested in competition, or in training to improve your proficiency at virtually any other sport, or you simply want to become more fit while having a lot of fun, WLE and WEV have the information that you need. We invite you to read more about how, quite specifically, WLE and WEV can help you. Please click on on the description below that best fits your situation:

1) For beginners and novices interested in Olympic-style Weightlifting

2) For experienced Olympic-style Weightlifters and their coaches

3) For athletes in virtually any other sport who want to use weightlifting to improve their performance

4)For those who want an approach to fitness that is fun and really works

5) For powerlifters and bodybuilders who want to get stronger and/or learn how to perform the Olympic lifts

6) For strength coaches looking for more information on training methods and/or the technique of the Olympic lifts

If you've already visited one of the links listed above, please relax and enjoy viewing the rest of our Web site. Find out more about the unique sport of Olympic-style Weightlifting or about the contents of WLE (book) or WEV (video). Perhaps you'd like to read some articles on weightlifting that have been excerpted from the book. Or maybe you'd like to review some of the questions that people often ask about the sport of Weightlifting. You might be interested in what experts in the field of Weightlifting, Powerlifting and strength coaching have said about WLE and WEV.   You might also find our annotated list of links and resources to be of interest. Then again, you might want to go to see a weightlifting competition for yourself, or meet the author of WLE (the writer/director of WEV). Simply visit our calendar of upcoming weightlifting events. And, if you are interested in ordering WLE and/or WEV right now (there is currently a discount if you order both at the same time), you can do that too. Finally, we welcome comments and suggestions about our publications. If you have a comment or a suggestion, please e-mail it to us by clicking on the "Contact Us" button in the frame at the left, e-mail us directly at: input@wlinfo.com. Go ahead, click on any or all of the "Contents" buttons at the left and begin exploring our site! And don't forget...

Have fun. Enjoy the site!

P.S. If you are new to the sport or activity of weightlifting, you might be interested in some of the definitions listed below.


Definitions of Weightlifting:

There are several categories of people who exercise with weights. These categories are often referred to as: weight lifting, weightlifting, Weightlifting, weight training, bodybuilding, powerlifting, lifting, Olympic lifting, Olympic-style weightlifting, strength training and resistance training. Let's clarify the differences.

Weightlifting: Weightlifting, weight lifting and weightlifting all have a "generic" meaning which refers to the activity of lifting weights. To those who are well versed in the use of weights, the word weightlifting has a particular meaning. It refers to the Olympic sport of Weightlifting, which tests strength a power through two methods of lifting a barbell overhead - the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. Weightlifting is the only Olympic sport involving weights, which is why it is sometimes referred to as Olympic lifting or as Olympic-style lifting, or Olympic-style weightlifting. 

Weight Training: Weight training refers to any activity which involves the use of weights. The term weight training is commonly used in referring to people who lift weights but not for the purpose of competing in bodybuilding, powerlifting or weightlifting (although many people lift weights as a means for improving their performance in another sport). Many people who lift weights refer to themselves as "lifters" for short.

Resistance Training: Resistance training is an even broader term than weight training because resistance can be supplied by weights, machines, rubber strands and any number of other devices that resist the movement of the exerciser. It is nearly impossible to engage in any vigorous resistance training without getting stronger as a result. However, strength training is a means of training with resistance that is focused on improving strength, as compared with muscle size (although people who train for strength are often seeking increased muscle size as well).

Bodybuilding: Bodybuilding is a sport or activity in which the primary objective is to develop the size of the skeletal muscles. Bodybuilders focus on other areas as well, such as developing all of the muscles proportionally (symmetrically), minimizing body fat and increasing their strength. Because bodybuilders focus on muscular development, that is the main thing they achieve. Strength, for example, tends to take a back seat to size (though many bodybuilders are very strong).

Powerlifting: Powerlifting is a great sport that was conceived as a pure test of strength. And it tests strength about as well as Olympic-style Weightlifting. The sport that consists of three events: squat, bench press and deadlift. Powerlifters are very strong because they focus on developing that capacity exclusively. Overall, the strength of powerlifters very close to that of  Olympic-style weightlifters. However, powerlifting is not an Olympic sport and it has multiple "federations" which govern it, so there can be multiple "world champions" each year (Olympic-style Weightlifting has only one international governing body and one world champion per weight class worldwide). Powerlifting is also not practiced as widely as weightlifting. For all these reasons, the level of competition tends not to be as high in powerlifting as it is in weightlifting, which is why competitive Weightlifters, as a group, have earned the right to call themselves the strongest athletes alive. More importantly, no other athletes approach the strength of weightlifters and powerlifters, as the men and women who compete in these sports are totally focused becoming the strongest athletes in the world. Moreover, they compete on measurable events which are standardized worldwide, so that performances can be reasonbly compared. You won't see these athletes flexing their muscles or lifting tree trunks on "pay-per-view", but they are quietly driving the levels of human performance to all time highs.


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Revised: September 27, 1999