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The Burgener Warm-Up

By Mike Burgener

In Olympic Lifts, Videos

November 18, 2010

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Would you trade 2 minutes 38 seconds a day for a few PRs in the snatch or the clean and jerk?

If you would, then you need to start doing the Burgener Warm-Up and the skill-transfer exercises that follow it. The series of movements takes less than three minutes to perform and will help eliminate a host of form errors that can derail your lifts. By drilling the correct movements every… Continue Reading

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Analyzing the Big Men (105, 105+)

By Mike Burgener, Kendrick Farris and Tony Budding

In Coaching, Olympic Lifts, Videos

November 03, 2010

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The big men hit the platform on the last day of the CrossFit-USAW Open under the eyes of Coach Mike Burgener, elite American lifter Kendrick Farris and Tony Budding.

The class included Dave Lipson, a very strong athlete who’s been working with Coach B to improve his Oly technique. In spite of that work, Lipson was nursing an injury and wasn’t 100 percent.

Also on the platform was Spencer Hendel, a two-time… Continue Reading

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Burg’s Eye View No. 1

By Mike Burgener

In Olympic Lifts

November 03, 2010

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Coach Mike Burgener breaks down the key points of Chad Vaughn’s lifts at the CrossFit-USAW Open.

Chad Vaughn opened the snatch competition at the CrossFit-USAW Open with 132 kg. He made the weight easily, which isn’t that surprising considering Vaughn is an Olympian who was lifting only days after finishing 20th in the 77-kg class at the World Weightlifting Championships in Antalya, Turkey.

Vaughn went on to put on a… Continue Reading

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Planning for a Win

By Josh Everett

In Olympic Lifts

October 26, 2010

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Josh Everett reveals the six-week training program that earned him a victory in the 85-kg class at the CrossFit-USAW Open in Colorado Springs.

When I first heard of the possibility of a CrossFit weightlifting championship from Dave Castro, I was excited. Weightlifting is one of the four sports I have seriously and specifically trained for and competed in (the others being track and field, football and… Continue Reading

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In Olympic Lifts, Videos

October 25, 2010

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What’s it like for a CrossFitter to compete in Olympic lifting? For Heather Bergeron of CrossFit New England, the CrossFit-USAW Open was an emotional experience.

“Well, I’m now known as the Comeback Kid,” Bergeron says.

Even under the guidance of Olympic-lifting coach Mike Burgener, Bergeron had a frustrating time with the snatch and did not register a successful lift.

“I honestly don’t know what went wrong,” Bergeron said.

After that harrowing… Continue Reading

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In Olympic Lifts, Videos

October 20, 2010

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Olympian Chad Vaughn’s opening snatch weight at the CrossFit-USAW Open was heavier than anyone else’s last attempt in the 85-kg class, and the Olympian did not disappoint when he stepped on the platform. Vaughn showed exactly why he’s a top lifter by nailing all three snatches and all three clean and jerks for a 313 total that was 46 kg greater than Josh Everett’s.

Vaughn’s quickness and power awed the crowd at the Cheyenne… Continue Reading

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In Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting, Reference

October 19, 2010

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If you don’t warm up or stretch, you aren’t optimizing your performance. Bill Starr explains.

Getting considerably stronger and staying that way is largely a matter of taking care of the details, such as training consistently, designing a program that fits your individual needs, eating wholesome foods, taking nutritional supplements, getting plenty of rest and so forth.

Most serious strength athletes take care of these tasks… Continue Reading

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Analyzing the 63s and 69s

By Natalie Burgener, Kendrick Farris, Justin Judkins and Tony Budding

In Olympic Lifts, Videos

October 17, 2010

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With the 63- and 69-kg women on the platform at the recent CrossFit-USAW Open, the broadcast team was joined by elite American lifters Kendrick Farris and Natalie Burgener. Both Farris and Burgener did very well in the 2008 Olympics, and they were on hand talk about the Open and break down the lifters’ form and technique in the snatch.

The 63-kg class included 2010 CrossFit Games competitor Heather Bergeron and 2010… Continue Reading

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