Welcome to UOG Strength Club

The University of Gloucestershire Weightlifting Club is home to the university's Weightlifting and Powerlifting Team. The club's membership is diverse, with students from all different courses, backgrounds, and abilities.

If you're interested in competing in Olympic Weightlifting or Powerlifting, or simply just want to get a little stronger under expert supervision and be part of a supportive and inclusive community...

Come along to any training sessions. We train together in the Strength and Conditioning Suite at Oxstalls Campus every Wednesday and Saturday during term time between 10am and 12pm.


What do you even do?

UOG Weightlifting is the umbrella term for Olympic Weightlifting and Raw Powerlifting, whilst both sports revolve around barbells, total body strength, tight singlets and copious amounts of protein and caffeine, there are several differences between the two;

Olympic Weightlifting

Olympic Weightlifting is basically what you see at the Olympics... I know, you'd have never guessed, right? The sport is characterised with the following;

  • The competiton lifts are the Snatch, followed by the Clean & Jerk.
  • Both lifts start with the bar on the floor, and finish with the bar overhead.
  • Training for Olympic Weightlifting has a heavy focus on impressive mobility, rate of force production, and total body strength.

Got a few minutes? Watch Jhonatan Rivas (-94kg) Snatch 171kg, and Rebeka Koha (-58kg) Clean & Jerk 120kg.


Raw / Classic Powerlifting

Powerlifting is traditionally thought of as great barrels of men in ridiculously tight suits lifting super heavy weights for short ranges of motion, with Korn blasting in the background. And this was the case up until the mid 2000's. Now, mainstream powerlifting is focused on raw / classic competitions which are characterised by the following;

  • The competition lifts are the Back Squat, followed by the Paused Bench Press, and then finally the Deadlift.
  • Training for Powerlifting has less of a focus on mobility and rate of force production, and focuses instead on muscle mass, total body strength, and absolute strength.

Got a few more minutes? Watch Joy Nnamani (-52kg) total 432.5kg, and Owen Hubbard (-83kg) total 777kg.

Do I have to choose one?

Absolutely not! At the beginner stages, it is encouraged that you try both and see which one you prefer. If you can't make up your mind, do both and you can achieve a super total (Snatch, Clean & Jerk, Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift).

With expert coaches on hand to coach you through the movements, you just have to show up and enjoy yourself.


Do I have to compete?

No member is forced to compete if they don't want to. We actively encourage everyone to do it, as it's an amazing experience especially when we compete as a team, but you'll never be forced into it. 


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  • su@glos.ac.uk
  • The Park, Cheltenham, GLOS, GL50 2RH
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