About the club

Heriot Watt Lifting club is one of the newest HW sports union clubs brought to Oriam. Whether you’re just getting into fitness or you’ve had a lot of experience training, the HW lifting club has something for you. The club is com 

Olympic Weightlifting

Olympic weightlifting is a sport where an athlete lifts a loaded barbell from the floor to an overhead position. The sport is extremely competitive due to the difficulty in learning the technique. The two competing lifts are the snatch and the clean and jerk. The lifting club will not only benefit members who are training for general health but it will also provide you with enough knowledge and training to get members to competitions. 


Similar to Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting is a strength sport in which an athlete commits maximal effort to each of the lifts. The big three lifts being: squat, bench and deadlift. An athlete has three attempts on each lift to reach their full strength potential, their highest attempt on each lift is then added together for their total. Powerlifting has an amazing, supportive community and all abilities are welcome! It is a great way to introduce people to strength training, whether or not they want to compete. The lifting club is for anyone who wants to compete, wants to get stronger or just wants to try something new.

What does the average session involve?

We have three sessions a week which will be split into Powerlifting specific training, Olympic weightlifting Specific training and a mixed club night where all club members are free to train together. We will have a trainer for both Powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting and will always have a qualified trainer present during group sessions. 


If you want to compete in Olympic weightlifting or Powerlifting competitions we will be heading to local competitions as well as Scottish Unis and BUCS!