Coach Mike Burgener of Mike’s Gym provides more examples of individual variation, a topic he also explored in a video entitled “Who Should Split.” This time, the subject is receiving the bar. The footage was captured by CrossFit Again Faster at an Olympic weightlifting certification seminar held March 7-8 at CrossFit Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia.
Coach Burgener begins by having his daughter, Sage, jump her body through a range of motion from the high hang position and land in a front squat. Natalie Woolfolk follows, but uses distinctly different form. She first receives the bar, then squats. Coach Burgneer then directs Natalie to receive the bar at a variety of different heights. The coaching point is to get athletes to meet the bar and then go down.
The goal is to avoid crashing the bar. As the weight gets heavier, athletes will have to meet the bar lower. They also have to ensure they get their elbows around the bar quickly.