Natalie Woolfolk works through progressions with one member of her clean and press group at a certification seminar held March 7, 2009 at CrossFit Old Town in Alexandria, Va.
In this video from Again Faster, Natalie advises catching the bar high and riding it down. Proper adjustment from the clean into the press is essential. Natalie explains why the knees splayed out stance is wrong and how to achieve a straight line into the ground. Finally, she shows how the knees should get out of the way as the bar is brought to mid-thigh.
Natalie Woolfolk was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic weightlifting team. She had previously won national championships three years in a row and earned USA Weightlifting’s Lifter of the Year award in 2006 and 2007. Natalie was a member of the “Share the Dream” project that traveled by RV to give motivational speeches encouraging young female athletes to train hard, eat right and have fun.
Natalie’s father, Kirk is the strength and conditioning coach at the U.S. Naval Academy. For a time, she trained with her father and his athletes. Natalie is married to her Olympic teammate Casey Burgener, son of Coach Mike Burgener. Casey proposed to Natalie on an elephant safari in Thailand. An Associated Press story about the romance was entitled “Love, barbell style.”