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Inside the Mind w/ Mike Burgener

Today I’m joined by the legendary Olympic weightlifting coach, Mike Bergner, also known as Coach B. Coach B is a Level 5 Senior International Weightlifting coach and now retired head coach for CrossFit Weightlifting Seminar Staff. He is a graduate of Notre Dame, where he played football and obtained his MS degree from the University of Kentucky. He was also a Captain in the United States Marine Corps and a very successful athlete both in football and in weightlifting. This is a conversation I’ve looked forward to for a while and I really enjoyed getting to chat with Mike about who he is outside the gym. In today’s episode, we dig into the inception of Mike’s Gym, Geezer weightlifting, the development of a community, the evolution of weightlifting, and much more.

Show notes

  • 4:22- The inception of Mike’s gym

  • 7:27- Why not expand the gym?

  • 10:17- Geezer weightlifting and open lifting time

  • 13:48- Community development

  • 16:15- What drew you to playing these different sports?

  • 19:42- The evolution from athlete to coach

  • 22:49- A key piece to success: education

  • 26:10- Mentors

  • 28:42- Always being open-minded and still learning; light bulb moments

  • 32:36- Respect the intensity and passion others have for their craft

  • 33:44- The evolution of weightlifting and the sport

  • 38:48- Where’s the sweet spot in a training cycle?

  • 42:25- What could weightlifting look like in 10, 20, 30 years?

  • 47:27- 10 point scoring system

  • 48:08- managing the silence

  • 52:48- visualization techniques

  • 57:31- how do you view how you’ve set up your life now

  • 1:02:00- How does it feel to have your kids pursuing weightlifting in some way shape or form?

  • 1:06:30- Was there ever a time when you felt as though your back was against the wall and the only way to go was forward?

  • 1:13:31- Learn more about Mike

Resources we may have talked about

  • American Weightlifting: The Film

  • 10 Point Scoring System

How you can connect with Mike

  • Instagram: @mikeburgener

  • Email: mikeburgener@mac.com

  • Text or Call: 760-535-1835

  • Burgener Strength; Youtube

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