December 08, 2010
Coach Mike Burgener explains how Kristan Clever uses athleticism and raw aggression to overcome minor form breaks.
Reigning CrossFit Games champion Kristan Clever began the CrossFit-USAW Open with a miss that sent the barbell rolling off the platform toward the center judge. The SoCal athlete smiled, shrugged it off and went on to nail the 62-kg snatch on her next attempt before hitting 64 kg on her final attempt.
Starting with a miss can rattle an athlete, but Clever was mentally strong enough to come back and make the weight. According to Coach Mike Burgener, she’s also strong and tenacious enough to overcome a few form errors he found in her successful 64-kg lift. Once she irons out the kinks, the sky is the limit for a powerful athlete with a good streak of junkyard-dog aggression.