Workout of the Day
Three sets of:
Jumping Squats x 8-10 reps (use approximately 40-50% of your 1-RM)
Rest 30 seconds
Russian Kettlebell Swings x 25 reps
Rest 3 minutes;
Three rounds for time of:
20 Box Jumps (24″/18″)
10 Ball Slams (30/20 lbs.)
An Interview with My Brother Casey
Written by Sage Burgener
How many years have you been lifting?
How did you get into the sport?
Dad got me into the sport, mainly as a way to improve my athletic ability in other sports. At the time I started lifting, I was playing baseball and basketball.
What is your best snatch and best clean and jerk?
182 snatch, 224 clean an jerk. Both when I was fat.
Who has been your biggest inspiration (other than me).. and why?
In lifting or life? For lifting, probably Yuri Vardanian. He really opened up my eyes to what it takes to be a great lifter. In life, it’s hard to say, but probably Grandma Jackson. She was the embodiment of all things good, and was just an amazing woman. It would be easy to say an inspirational leader or historical figure, but I never had a relationship or friendship with any of them. Grandma was somebody who I was able to see live a selfless, meaningful life, day in and day out. She lived out her virtues, rather than being somebody who just quotes and theorizes what a meaningful life is.
What is your favorite lift and why?
Rack jerk behind the neck, because I’m good at it, and it’s fun to put a lot of weight overhead.
What is your favorite lifting memory?
Qualifying for the 2008 Olympics. It didn’t end well, but making the lift to qualify was like nothing I’ve ever experienced.
So, you’ve been lifting for all these years, do you still have technical issues to work on?
There are always technical issues to work on. It may not seem like it to some people, but during a training cycle, you start to develop strength in areas where you were weak before, so your technique has to change. Since the body, mind, and training programs are typically always being altered, then changes in technique have to follow as well.
What has been your biggest hardship with the sport?
Staying motivated. It’s a tough sport, and it takes a lot to go into the gym everyday and give it your all. Most times it doesn’t work out that way, but it’s just about continuing to move forward.
For someone who is just getting into the sport, what is your biggest piece of advice?
If you’re really interested in weight lifting, know that it’s going to take time. This isn’t a sport where you can be at the world level in 2 years (unless you’ve been doing some type of lifting for a while). It takes a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication. Weightlifters typically don’t reach their full potential for at least 7-8 years, sometimes longer. Malcolm Gladwell says it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to have success in a field. Some people will be more successful than others, or pick something up more quickly, but I think that’s generally a very true statement.
If you had to sum up weightlifting in EXACTLY 6 words, what would you say?
Technique, will, and toil yield results.