The Snatch and Clean and Jerk are two of the most complicated movements we do in CrossFit. They require all ten general physical skills and are unparallelled in their ability to move large loads, long distances quickly which is important when talking about fitness. To be successful with the Olympic lifts an athlete have a huge amount of body awareness, power and guts.
Bottom line, Olympic weightlifting is cool and being good at it will translate to all kinds of other benefits in your CrossFitting and in life in general. If you agree that the deadlift and Squat are good for your fitness then put them on crack and then you will be a weightlifter. Powerful, graceful, fast, strong, and brave. If you want an opportunity to learn from the best CrossFit West Santa Cruz is hosting a one day Olympic lifiting seminar with National Champion Pat Mendez.