| | | | PA Radio – Episode 115: Mike & Beau Burgener

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The Burgener legacy of coaching excellence.

This week we welcome the dynamic father and son duo of Olympic Weightlifting, Coaches Mike and Beau Burgener.

When you hear the Burgener name your mind probably references two things:  the Burgener Snatch Warm Up and CrossFit Weightlifting, the international specialty seminar for coaches and athletes looking to enhance their understanding of the Snatch and Clean & Jerk. But what you might not know if that this family has been steeped in the sport for decades.  Even their home in San Diego is also the site of Mike’s Gym, a mecca for Olympic lifters.  Athletes come far and wide to drop in for this unique coaching experience in the two car garage of chateau de Burgener.

In this episode you’ll get a break down of the CrossFit Weightlifting Seminar as well as Mike and Beau’s expectations of attendees.  Furthermore, we’ll hear how their ideas of how to perfect the sport have evolved over time – even some philosophies that changed as a result of training with John.  Also, hear some of the biggest coaching flaws when instructing the Snatch & Clean and Jerk.

Mike, a former Marine, says he runs his groups like a drill a sergeant.  Having been coached by both he and Beau, I can attest to not only their commanding demeanor but their expectation of excellence.  Effort is always assumed, but you can’t help want to impress them.



Get your ass to a CrossFit Weightlifting seminar.  The schedule can be found at www.crossfitweightlifting.com.  Be sure to also follow them on Facebook for updates, educational information, and competition announcements.  If you’d like to contact Coaches Mike or Beau Burgener, email them at their respective names @CrossFitWeightlifting.com

Stay tuned to next week when The Crew is reunited for to talk CrossFit Games predictions and fitness celebrity sightings.

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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


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