Finishing the Second Pull with Coach Burgener

Finishing the Second Pull with Coach Burgener


When that bar gets to here, I want you to think shoulders only. Get right back to the shoulders, don’t think about anything else. Only shoulders. That’s it. Now it got away from you a little bit but I don’t care about that right now because all I’m thinking about is breaking you of this. I want your shoulders back. So just think in terms of these shoulders coming back just a little bit, OK? That was much better than this. So just keep thinking that and see what happens. Your knees were better but where was your positioning? Did you finish? Your position was straight so where’s the bar? It’s forward when you receive it because— with this light weight you can go ahead and get away with that but, the heavy weight—so while you’re doing this positioning, to get those knees out of the way and load those hamstrings, make sure that you continue to finish. All you’re thinking about when that bar passes the knees is what? Is the finish! And where’s finish? It’s not here, it’s here. Finish and then pull yourself down. Yes! Yes! Ah, ah, ah, ah, open up the armpits. There you go, good. See how you wanted to close them? Then you opened them and you saved it. That’s what you’ve got to do every single time. You’re going to hit that position and you’re going to close—stay down there and open. Keep them open. Same finish. Raise your hips up just a tad. Right there. Knees back, knees back, knees back. At a girl! Come on, open. There you go. Better. I’d like a little bit better finish here instead of straight up. Just a little bit more because when that weight gets heavy, it’s going to go out in front. So come here. Turn around. Make yourself straight. You cannot bend at the waist, I just want you to fall—I’m right here—fall back to me. That’s all you have to go to, get to there. That’s all. So you’re going straight up and that weight’s forward. So go ahead and go straight up. Stay there. Raise your shoulders up, stay. I need you here. That’s all I need you to be, not any more. See here the weight’s going to get heavy even though you’re nice and straight the barbell is going to go forward. You’ve got to get it away from your face, finish a little bit better. You’ve got to pull yourself down and around the barbell. Better finish, too, not bad. I didn’t think that was too bad. I don’t want to give you a whole lot to think about. The most important thing I want you to think about—he’ll take care of that later—I want to see that finish like you did there, that was pretty good. But don’t think about the feet right now, you just think about this.

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