Importance of Basics with Coach Mike Burgener

The importance of teaching fundamentals in the Olympic style Weightlifting cannot be overemphasized. The fundamentals are stance, grip, and position! It must be remembered that 99% of all missed lifts are attributed to these three common attributes. Therefore, it's extremely important to work the fundamentals on a daily basis through drills and skills. 

The drills and skills that are very fundamental are the BURGENER Warmup which consists of five different exercises that will drill the stance, grip, and position. The next series or drills of exercises that need to be practiced on a daily basis are the skill transfer exercises. The skill transfer exercises also consist of five basic exercises that need to be drilled on a daily basis. These two drills and skill patterns give the practitioner methods to treat deficiencies in anyone's and everyone’s lifts.  The Burgener warm up and the skill transfer exercises cannot be overemphasized in correcting and drilling the fundamentals of the Olympic lifts.

Known as "the Godfather of American Weightlifting", coach Mike Burgener has been a fixture in the USA Olympic and CrossFit weightlifting communities for the last 40 years as both an athlete and coach. He's a Level 5 senior International Weightlifting Coach, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. Coach Burgener is going to start sharing his knowledge on our blog in the future. Don't forget to subscribe to our blog so you won't miss of Coach Burgener's posts!