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September 08, 2010

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At a recent certification, Nadia Shatila and Dave Lipson had an opportunity to work one-on-one with Olympic-lifting coach Mike Burgener.

As an HQ trainer, Shatila regularly teaches new CrossFitters the snatch but doesn’t always get the opportunity to work on her own lift. Lipson (215 lb., 6’0”) can move large loads like no other (think deadlift well over 650 lb. and a 335-lb. overhead squat), but his best snatch is 220 lb.

In Part 2, Burg gets aggressive with Lipson and demands that he get faster under the bar. Once Lipson dials up the speed, he’s wobbly in the bottom of an 80-kilo snatch balance—which is not acceptable for a guy with a massive overhead squat. Coach B’s analysis: poor footwork resulting in a narrow landing position.

Shatila has great speed but needs to work on more stability at the bottom. After she nails that and gets junkyard-dog aggressive, Burg promises her snatch will go up.

Part 2: 9min 8sec

Additional reading: Snatch Assistance Exercises by Mike Burgener and Tony Budding, published Feb. 1, 2007.

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10 Comments on “Dissecting Dave and Nadia: Part 2”


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How can you NOT get pumped up when Coach gets after it like this??? Awesome job Coach, as usual ... Thanks


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Wow, I love this guy. I wish he was my father. Hopefully my dad doesn't see this.


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best. coach. ever. no question....


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Never get sick of Coach B.


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Coach B knows what each athlete needs, whether it is an effective cue or a kick in the butt. He gets the most out of everyone. I'm a big fan.


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awesome series, cant wait to hear coach b's "back lifter" fix


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I think Nadia must've been feeling a little better about things at this point. :)

Junkyard dog!! I need me some of that grit.


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wow...everyone is awesome!
great job guys!



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Simply put, Coach B is awesome.


Chris Sinagoga wrote …

great video as always. very helpful to watch how a great coach operates

and when coach Bergener tells you to "stay", you FUCKING STAY

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