Annie Comes to Mike’s Gym: Part 1

By Mike Burgener and Annie Thorisdottir

In Athletes, Coaching, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

April 24, 2011

Video Article

Annie Thorisdottir might be a long way from Iceland, but she doesn’t look out of place at Mike’s Gym in Bonsall, Calif.

The second-place finisher in the 2010 CrossFit Games is in SoCal to work out with Coach Mike Burgener—and his ever-present dogs. Thorisdottir is an outstanding athlete, so Coach Burgener is only looking to fine-tune her technique on the Olympic lifts.

First, it’s all about nailing foot position with light weight, and then it’s on fixing the starting position. By making the basics absolutely perfect, Burgener is confident that he’ll set Thorisdottir up for success.

Iceland Annie, of course, is training hard to eliminate all weaknesses before the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games, where she hopes to wrest the overall title from Kristan Clever.

13min 47sec
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Additional reading: Burg’s Eye View No. 4 by Mike Burgener, published March 7, 2011.

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20 Comments on “Annie Comes to Mike’s Gym: Part 1”


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Great camera work and a beautiful athlete. A joy to watch.


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Thanks for bringing us these two superstars together in one video! The journal is easily the greatest purchase I have ever made.


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Jordan, Annie and Mike B. make a great team. Video is outstanding!


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Video is Outstanding! Love it!


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Man she is hot.


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Great video! AWESOME Motivation!!!


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Excellent video, and I hope we get to see more. I learn something new every time I hear Coach B. explain the Burgener warmup and skill transfer exercises, and of course when he breaks down the lifts.


Frank DiMeo wrote …

Great coaching & great athlete!


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More videos of Annie warming up please.


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Cant wait for Part II !!


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that was the fastest 13 mins ever...awesome


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it is so awsome to hear the same things from different masters.oly lifts if tought correctly always have something in common. great teachers who talk about the same things in whatever language they are speaking in. this reminds of my old oly weightlifting teacher. funny thing...he had a simmilar warm up only we called it the "The Russian". ppl come to the same conclusion by different paths.


Tammi Byxbee wrote …

I am just getting started with the Burgener warm up and a few of the lifts-she is inspiring.


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Mikes Gym is so beautiful!


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Great video! Very practical and informative. Having long legs as well, the tips on starting position was very helpful.


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I heard about a show called the Haney Project where they took a very amature golfer and paired them with a golf pro as an experiment. I would like to volunteer for the Burgener Project!!!


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Phenomenal glimpse of Mike's Gym and the work Coach B practices...Annie demonstrates how athletic she truly is...and how 'bout them puppies? hehe...I dig the dogs enjoying the experience too...keep it up all!


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Coach Bergener recommended that you start the lift "back from the bar." I would like to know how far back he recommends.


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She is looking amazing! I'm excited to see the next video! I've started working with the Bergener warm-up and it has helped me out with a lot of my lifts. Thank you cf for the video!

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