New Zealand All Blacks rugby player Owen Franks works with Coach Mike Burgener to improve his olympic weightlifting.
After introducing New Zealand All Blacks rugby player Owen Franks to the Burgener Warm-Up, Mike Burgener takes him through high-hang snatches at Mike’s Gym in Bonsall, Calif.
Starting at the top and working down to the floor, Coach B has Franks work the high-hang position. Focusing the athlete, Burgener gives him a goal for the session: keeping his chest up and his weight back on his heels.
Working from the high hang allows Burgener to fine-tune the mechanics of the second and third pulls, as well as the bottom position. Franks is strong and powerful, and his pulls look good—his weakness is in the bottom. With the chink in the armor identified, Burg knows where to go next: overhead squats and snatch balances.