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First, Olympic weightlifting is extremely technical, and the development of strength for Olympic weightlifting is, to an enormous degree, a function of technical mastery. For the layperson and spectator, there may appear to be little difference between the performances of an amateur and a world-class professional, but imperceptible (to the non-expert) ...


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Because muscles can get stronger without getting bigger. That's it. The lifter is the same size, but because they lifted progressively heavier weights over time without eating such that they gained size, they can lift more weight.


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