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Bill Starr, 1938-2015

By Mike Warkentin

In CrossFit, Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

April 10, 2015

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Longtime CrossFit Journal contributor and strength legend Bill Starr passes on at 77.

Bill Starr died April 7 in Maryland. He was 77.

Starr first contributed to the CrossFit Journal with the November 2008 article “Overhead Is Rising.” It was introduced as follows:

“This article is both an instructional piece on overhead lifting, as well as a history of the unfortunate demise of overhead lifting in most strength and conditioning programs.”

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Stability Now!

By Bill Starr

In Olympic Lifts

March 27, 2015

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If the bottom of your snatch is full of trepidation and shaking, Bill Starr has the cure.

I believe full snatches are the epitome of athleticism. When done correctly, the full snatch is a flawless symphony of strength, quickness, timing, coordination and balance. There are many things that have to be done before an athlete is able to master the technique in the full… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

March 18, 2015

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In this three-part series, get to know Coach Mike Burgener, who runs the CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer Course and coached the American Women’s Junior National Team for about a decade beginning in the mid-’90s. He’s also the man behind Mike’s Gym, a two-car garage in Bonsall, California, that serves as a USA Weightlifting Regional Training Center.

In the final episode, we learn how Burgener’s now-famous garage gym came to… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

March 10, 2015

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In this three-part series, get to know Coach Mike Burgener, who runs the CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer Course and coached the American Women’s Junior National Team for about a decade beginning in the mid-’90s. He’s also the man behind Mike’s Gym, a two-car garage in Bonsall, California, that serves as a USA Weightlifting Regional Training Center.

In Episode 2, we learn where Burgener’s coaching career took him after he met and married his wife.

“I was invited to… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

March 03, 2015

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In this three-part series, get to know Coach Mike Burgener, who runs the CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer Course and coached the American Women’s Junior National Team for about a decade beginning in the mid-’90s. He’s also the man behind Mike’s Gym, a two-car garage in Bonsall, California, that serves as a USA Weightlifting Regional Training Center.

In Episode 1, we sit down with Coach B. in his home garage as he reflects on… Continue Reading

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Level Up!

By Chad Vaughn

In Coaching, Olympic Lifts

November 30, 2014

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Chad Vaughn explains what lifters and coaches will learn at the CrossFit Weightlifting Advanced Trainer Course.

Weightlifting is described as ballet with a barbell, poetry in motion and a beautiful work of art. As the best weightlifters in the world train to put the greatest weight overhead, they also develop athletic attributes such as strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. These attributes are… Continue Reading

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Chad Vaughn’s Challenge

By Chris Worden

In CrossFit, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

November 07, 2014

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On. Oct. 25, CrossFit Weightlifting Advanced Trainer Course leader Chad Vaughn held an event to raise money for Barbells for Boobs, an organization dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer. Vaughn’s affiliate, CrossFit CenTex, hosted the event at Horny Toad Harley-Davidson in Belton, Texas.

While most used the prescribed weight of 135/95 lb. or scaled appropriately, Vaughn, a two-time Olympian, challenged Aja Barto to complete 30 squat clean… Continue Reading

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In Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

October 06, 2014

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If your pre-workout prep consists of a cup of coffee and a few squats, Bill Starr has some advice for you.

As every Olympic lifter fully understands, doing full snatches and clean and jerks requires a high degree of flexibility in every part of the body. All the major muscle groups and corresponding attachments are involved in the two competitive lifts: shoulder girdle, back, and hips and legs. A lack of… Continue Reading

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