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

Author / Cali Hinzman


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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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.


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