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.
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
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
Text or Call: 760-535-1835
Burgener Strength; Youtube