January 09, 2013
You’ll have to drive to Bonsall, Calif., if you want to train with Coach Mike Burgener. But you can’t park in the garage. That’s reserved for lifting.
“Way to go! That really lights my ass on fire!”
Being coached by Mike Burgener is a singular experience. Not only is he one of the best Olympic-weightlifting coaches in the country—he coached the Junior World Women’s Weightlifting Team and runs the CrossFit Olympic Lifting Trainer Course—but Burgener also has a way with words.
Colorful language and incisive, targeted coaching cues flow effortlessly out of Burgener’s mouth. He’s tough but full of warmth and genuine enthusiasm, regardless of the weight on your bar.
Burgener is so good that CrossFit athletes from around the country drive for hours to remote Bonsall, Calif., just to hang out in his two-car garage and soak up his wisdom.
He doesn’t charge for these sessions. All he needs is advance notice to make sure he’s in town.
“I choose not to charge,” Burgener said. “I’m blessed. It all comes back,” he said.