Ever since I dived head-first into the world of CrossFit I have been hanging onto every word this man speaks. Most of my growth with the Oly lifts comes from watching and listening to all the endless free (video) material this man offers.
12 Reps with Olympic Weightlifting Coach Mike Burgener
(NOTE: These are the words straight from the keyboard of Coach B – no editing, so you can experience his FULL personality)
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1. Who was your first coach and what did they teach you?
FATHER LANGE OF NOTRE DAME WAS MY FIRST COACH!! A TOUGH COACH WHO MADE US COME TOGETHER AS A GROUP AND TEAM BUT ALSO TAUGHT US INDIVIDUAL PRIDE AND RESPONSIBILITY!
2. Who is the coach you most admire?
ARA PARSEGHIAN WAS MY FOOTBALL COACH AT NOTRE DAME AND TO THIS DAY I WOULD RUN THROUGH A DOOR FOR THE MAN. FR. LANGE IS A CLOSE 2ND!!
3. If you could have a superhero power, what would it be?
MY HIGHER POWER IS JESUS! HE IS MY SUPER HERO AND GIVES ME POWER!!
4. What athlete, dead or alive, would you most like to talk with?
FOR ME IT WOULD BE GEORGE GIPP – ONE OF THE FOUR HORSEMAN OF NOTRE DAME!!
5. When did you know that coaching was your calling?
MY DAD TOLD ME I WAS BORN TO BE A COACH AND I LAUGHED AT HIM. AMAZINGLY WHEN I TURNED 25 AND WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF BOOTCAMP FOR THE USMC I FIGURED DAD ALL OF SUDDEN WAS A SMART MAN!! I KNEW THAT I WOULD BECOME A COACH DURING THAT TIME PERIOD OF MY LIFE!! I MIGHT BE A COACH OF MARINES OR A COACH OF ATHLETES…TO ME THEY ARE ONE IN THE SAME!!
6. What is the best and hardest part about being a coach?
THERE IS NO HARDEST PART.I LOVE BEING A COACH! I LOVE WORKING WITH HIGH-LEVEL ATHLETES BUT I ALSO LIKE AND ENJOY WORKING WITH THE ATHLETES THAT ARE NOT AS GIFTED! TO SEE THE PROGRESS OF YOUNG LADIES AND MEN AS WELL AS THE OLDER GENERATION IS JUST A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!
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