Olympic weightlifting or weightlifting, is a sport where the athlete attempts a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates. The two competition lifts for weightlifting are the snatch and the clean and jerk. Each weightlifter receives three attempts in each lift, and the combined total of the highest two successful lifts determines the overall result within a bodyweight category. Bodyweight categories are different for male and female competitors.
The lifts performed in the sport of weightlifting, and their component lifts, such as squats, deadlifts, and cleans, are commonly used by athletes in other sports to train for both explosive and functional strength.