“I thought it was right on,” Burgener says of the skills tests. In particular, he liked the one-rep-max snatch following the one-rep-max weighted chest-to-bar pull-up in the Skills 2 event.
“That combination was truly a stroke of genius,” he says. “Truly, the person that does the snatch the wrong way—they pull the bar up with their arms—that person will fatigue after the pull-ups. And then he goes in to try to snatch—they’re not gonna do it.”
The tight two-minute timeframe for the snatch definitely factored into the approach and the outcome.
“For me, I would have instructed my athletes to take maybe two, three lifts, period,” Burgener says.
To gain proficiency with the Olympic Lifts, Burgener says to practice regularly.
“I tell everybody: ‘Do the Burgener Warm-Up’ because there’s five exercises in there, and every one of those exercises has a reason for doing it,” he says.
Burgener adds: “You’ve gotta leave your ego at the door. You’ve gotta go in there in a humble manner, learning about speed. It’s not about strength. It’s really about speed.”
Additional reading: The Burgener Warmup by Mike Burgener and Tony Budding, published Jan. 1, 2007.