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Annie Comes to Mike’s Gym: Part 2

By Mike Burgener and Annie Thorisdottir

In Coaching, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

May 03, 2011

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

In Part 2, the second-place finisher in the 2010 CrossFit Games learns a less-well-known cousin of the Burgener Warm-Up. The “Junk-Yard Dog Warm-Up” is designed to get athletes ready for jumping and landing, which define weightlifting in the simplest terms.

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Annie Comes to Mike’s Gym: Part 1

By Mike Burgener and Annie Thorisdottir

In Athletes, Coaching, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

April 24, 2011

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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… Continue Reading

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Improving the Jerk

By Bill Starr

In Olympic Lifts

April 15, 2011

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Bill Starr offers up some drills for blasting past plateaus on your jerk.

In the last two decades, a large number of strength coaches and a smattering of personal trainers came to the conclusion that by inserting a high-skill lift in their athletes’ programs, the athletes became quicker, more coordinated and overall stronger than before. In addition, the newly acquired strength… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Olympic Lifts, Videos

March 28, 2011

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Chad Vaughn, a two-time Olympian and member of Team Again Faster, offers some Olympic-lifting tips to Games competitors at the Again Faster Summit. His athletes include top women in the 2010 Games, such as Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Jessica Pamanian, Michelle Kinney and Heather Bergeron, as well as 2011 Games hopefuls such as Kevin Montoya.

Vaughn’s first concern is the snatch set-up. He widens stances and grips to… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Olympic Lifts, Videos

March 25, 2011

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Working his magic on Dave Lipson, Coach Mike Burgener refines the split jerk by breaking down the movement and rebuilding it.

“The goal is to dip and drive that bar overhead in one complete movement with no press-out, no pressing or rebending of the arms,” Burgener says.

In Part 3, Coach Burgener emphasizes the importance of footwork and landing in a shallow lunge.

“When the CrossFit athlete goes into the jerk, the split, hell, they… Continue Reading

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Burg’s Eye View No. 4

By Mike Burgener

In Olympic Lifts

March 07, 2011

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Coach Mike Burgener analyzes Josh Everett’s use of the split technique in the snatch and clean and jerk.

One of the original CrossFit stars, Josh Everett is a great athlete who’s especially good at the Olympic lifts. At the CrossFit-USAW Open in Colorado Springs, Colo., Everett was able to showcase his CrossFit talents and his Oly skills on his way to victory in the 85-kilogram class.

Everett uses the split style for… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Olympic Lifts, Videos

March 06, 2011

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Working his magic on Dave Lipson, Coach Mike Burgener refines the split jerk by breaking down the movement and rebuilding it.

In Part 2, Burgener points out some common faults with footwork: finishing forward in the lunge and finishing with a straight back leg. He says both of these faults load the lower back and force the athlete to recover forward.

“Ninety percent of all missed lifts in Olympic-style… Continue Reading

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Hear Her Roar

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Olympic Lifts

March 03, 2011

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Karyn Marshall, the first woman to clean and jerk more than 300 lb., has joined CrossFit Shrewsbury in New Jersey as a member and coach. Like most endeavors in her life, she’s attacking CrossFit at nothing less than full force.

On Aug. 17, Karyn Marshall walked into CrossFit Shrewsbury without fanfare.

She had come to inquire about the training methodology; one of her chiropractic patients had told her about it, and it caught her… Continue Reading

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