Today, I’m happy to introduce our eighth presenter for The 2013 Seminar, Jesse Burdick. Jesse is a former collegiate baseball player, turned powerlifter, and is now a coach at Combat Sports Academy and running the Crossfit Powerlifting specialty course with Mark Bell (Super Training Gym). He recently totaled elite at 220 after leaning up, dropping weight, and getting back in shape. We are really excited to have Jesse’s energy at The Seminar, but what is probably his most overlooked attribute is his immense knowledge and intelligence when it comes to the training and preparing athletes. We’re really excited to hear what Jesse has to share at The Seminar.
JD: If you could, please give our readers a little background information about yourself, what your niche in the world of athletics is, accomplishments, how you got there, education, any products you have available, and/or notable publications.
JB: Well first off thank you very much for considering me to speak, no matter how big or small this is a huge honor. I am a former division one and semi pro baseball player. After moving to the west coast I needed to find something to stay competitive and interested in and I was able to find powerlifting. Since that point I am one of 30 people in powerlifting to achieve elite totals in 5 different weight classes. While learning to lift I became a CSCS, ART therapist, and was able to cut my teeth under some of the world’s best coaches and lifters. Right now I am a S & C Coach at CSA gym in dublin, california. I also run powerwod.com and am a frequent contributer to Men’s Health, Muscle and Fitness, and 2 years ago, along side of Mark Bell, was hand picked by Louie Simmons to assist him in his role of powerlifting coach for CrossFit.
JD: Jesse, you’re a strong dude who’s moved some huge weights on the platform. I’m sure there have been some ups, downs, and hiccups along the way. With that in mind, what are a couple of the common technical issues you see with athletes in a weight room?
JB: There are always thing that can be improved in anyone’s weight room. The biggest issue that I see is a lack of communication, direction, and motivation. If the athletes are taught properly, have a good idea, or even any idea, of what they are doing and how to work hard, things seem to take care of themselves.
JD: Discuss with us the mistakes you see made by strength and conditioning coaches in the United States and around the world, and what you feel should be done differently to correct these issues.
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