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The Burgener Warm-Up

By Mike Burgener

In Coaching, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts, Reference

November 05, 2012

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After 45 years of coaching Olympic weightlifting, Mike Burgener still assesses athletes the same way: stance, grip, position.

“You just eyeball it real quick and you make the changes right away,” he says during this CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer Course.

After that, it’s the five-step Burgener Warm-Up.

First is the down and up for developing speed through the middle. The hips must open and the shoulders come up.

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In Coaching, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts, Reference

October 20, 2012

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Olympic-weightlifting coach Mike Burgener says the three snatch positions are the high hang, mid-thigh and floor.

While the weight is somewhat balanced in the foot in the start position, the weight moves back toward the heels very quickly after the bar breaks the ground.

“The knees start everything, and the weight, in my opinion, should be 55 (percent), 45 (percent) and then shifted back immediately once the bar is lifted,” he explains. “By shifting… Continue Reading

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Cueing the Power Position

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Olympic Lifts

October 15, 2012

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Olympic-weightlifting coach Mike Burgener has changed his cues for beginners to produce optimal results. Andréa Maria Cecil explains.

Mike Burgener used to be “real big” on using the coaching cue “pockets” for anybody performing the snatch or clean.

“For years I emphasized ‘mid-thigh’ to ‘pockets,’” said the longtime Olympic-weightlifting coach. “I emphasized the hell out of it.”

Then he noticed one of his own trainers giving the “pockets” cue to a beginner. The result: the athlete did not begin… Continue Reading

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In Olympic Lifts

October 08, 2012

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Christine Girard was the only Olympic weightlifter from North America to win a medal at the London Games, and she fired up the Canadian CrossFit community in the process. Emily Beers reports.

When Christine Girard placed fourth at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, people treated her as if she had failed.

“People reacted like it was a huge disappointment because I didn’t win a medal. It was as if they were saying to me, ‘You’re almost… Continue Reading

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In Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

October 04, 2012

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Bill Starr explains how to incorporate isontonics and isometrics into your strength program.

The isometric concept was the brainchild of Dr. John Ziegler, a general practitioner from Olney, Md., who specialized in physical rehabilitation.

Isometrics, along with the more advanced combination of isotonics-isometrics, swept across the country almost overnight. Then in the mid-’60s, the isotonics/isometrics bubble exploded. Word had finally leaked out that along… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

September 23, 2012

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At the recent CrossFit Tour stop in Big Sky, Mont., Olympic-weightlifting coach Mike Burgener hosted a clinic and of course handed out some burpees.

In this clip, he helps Olivia Swant of CrossFit Billings with her overhead squat. To start, she does an overhead squat with a PVC pipe.

“Oh, God,” Burgener says.

First, he checks her stance, grip and position. Then he finds the limits of her range of motion. After that, Burgener… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

September 07, 2012

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A group of five exercises will help improve the snatch, Olympic-weightlifting coach Mike Burgener says during this trainer course at CrossFit Invictus.

The exercises are: snatch push press, overhead squat with a Sots press if needed, pressing snatch balance, heaving snatch balance and snatch balance. All the movements are done from the rack.

This is where the down-and-up of the Burgener Warm-Up comes into play, Burgener says.

“There’s so many things that I… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, HD Videos, Olympic Lifts

August 18, 2012

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Among athletes, there are common errors when it comes to the Olympic lifts, says Caleb Williams, head coach at CrossFit Gwinnett in Buford, Ga.

As a 69-kg lifter, Williams placed second at the 2008 Olympic trials for weightlifting. He was also a member of the U.S. world team and of the U.S. Pan American team.

In this video, Williams works with CrossFit Johns Creek’s Dan Sturm and shows that rushing can… Continue Reading

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