About Us

Mike Burgener

Head Coach

“Coach B”

Mike Burgener is a Level 5 Senior International Weightlifting coach.  He is a graduate of Notre Dame and obtained his MS degree from the University of Kentucky.  He was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps.

Qualifications:

  • Level 5 senior International Weightlifting Coach
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • CrossFit Weightlifting

 

Accomplishments:

  • Coach of the Year, United States Weightlifting

Beau Burgener

Head Regional Coach

Beau is our head regional coach and the lead instructor for both the Weightlifting and Weightlifting L2 seminars worldwide. He is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he obtained a BS degree in Kinesiology and played on the university rugby team. With 30 years of experience in the sport, Beau loves spreading his passion and expertise of Weightlifting across the globe.

Josh Everett

Regional Coach - Southwest

Josh Everett has worked in the field of Strength and Conditioning since 1998. He has coached at Ohio University, UCLA, UC Riverside, and with the military. Josh has also been heavily involved in the CrossFit community as a CrossFit level 1 seminar instructor, CrossFit Weightlifting Seminar instructor, Head coach for TEAM USA for the 2012 London Invitational, Analyst and Color Commentator for CrossFit Regional and Games broadcasts, and member of the CrossFit level 1 seminar advisory board.

Athletically, Josh has stood on the podium at 2 CrossFit games, competed in 3 national championships in Weightlifting, and lettered in football and Track at Ohio Northern University where he earned AllAmerican honors in Track & Field. Josh and his wife Mary have 2 boys (Luke & Timm) and reside in Imperial beach, CA.

Cody Looney

Regional Coach - Northwest

Cody is the owner and Head Coach of CrossFit Advantage. He spent 12 years as an Operator in the Military and has worked in the Strength and Conditioning industry for 10 years. He attended the CrossFit Level 1 Course in 2007 and then affiliated his gym in 2008.

Cody is a passionate teacher and educator. He specializes in coaching athletes and coaches how to teach, see, correct, and improve movement and performance. He has been featured in the CrossFit Journal and on CrossFit Radio, was the Media Director for the NW in 2011, was Master of Ceremonies at the NW Regional in 2012, and runs an Affiliate Leadership Course working with Coaches and Owners on their abilities and skills as gym owners. He also spent 3 years as the head Strength and Conditioning Coach for two local High School Basketball and Wrestling Programs.

Cody has been working with CrossFit Weightlifting since 2010 and currently leads Courses in the Northwest as well as around the world including Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.

Home Gym: CrossFit Advantage

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
  • CrossFit Advanced Weightlifting
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • CrossFit Gymnastics 
  • CrossFit Kettlebell
  • CrossFit Strongman
  • CrossFit Competitor’s Course

Fred Lowe

Regional Coach - Central

Hometown: Lambertville, MI, USA
High School: Temperance-Bedford
College: Michigan State University – Class of 1970
Residence: DeWitt, MI

Home Gym: Temple of Exertion

Qualifications:

  • USAW National Coach
  • CrossFit Level 1 Coach

Accomplishments:

  • 3-Time US Olympian 1968, 1972, 1976
  • USA Weightlifting 8-Time National Champion
  • Oldest U.S Lifter in History to Qualify and Compete in USAW Nationals 2011
  • 9 Times World Masters Champion
  • Still the Lightest U.S. Lifter to Clean and Jerk over 400 lbs.
  • Leader of 25+ CrossFit Weightlifting Certification Courses in Midwestern US

Stephane Rochet

Regional Coach - Canada

Stephane learned the Olympic lifts training under and competing for Coach Burgener over several years. He was part of Coach Burgener’s USA Weightlifting training staff and transitioned to coaching the CrossFit Weightlifting Seminars when these were introduced. Stephane has been a Course Leader for CrossFit’s Weightlifting Courses since 2007. Stephane is also a Head Trainer for the CrossFit L1 Seminar. Stephane’s career as a strength and conditioning coach has included stints at UCLA, Indiana University and the University of San Diego.

Home Gym: Mike’s Gym

Sage Mertz

Regional Coach

Sage has been involved in the sport of weightlifting since the dawn of time ( or so it feels). Her passion for Olympic weightlifting began at Mike’s Gym before it was “cool”.

Growing up, Sage assisted Mike Burgener at his certifications and then began leading her own seminars at the age of fifteen. In conjunction with coaching, Sage has competed in weightlifting for 18 years at the national and international level.

Sage’s sassy personality and true love for the sport comes to life when leading the Olympic Lifting certifications. There are few things she loves more than helping people to find confidence in themselves…one snatch at a time.

Kim Trego

Regional Coach - Southeast

Kim Cantrell Trego is a USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, CrossFit Weightlifting Course Seminar Staff. Tested Level 1 CrossFit Certified Trainer , CrossFit certified Olympic Lifting Coach and has completed the OPT CCP Assessment, Program Design, Exercise Select and Business Modules . Kim is also AFAA certified, Spin Certified, BodyPump certified,Pre/Post Natal certified, Stretch certified, Core Stability certified and Perform Better certified. Kim has an AS in Applied Science with 18 years coaching experience. Kim placed 1st in the Halloween Throwdown in 2012 in her division and 1st in “These go to 11” in her division. Kim is the National Master’s Weightlifting 2011 Champion for her weight class. Kim took 1st Place in her weight class in the Flowery Branch Olympic Weightlifting Open in 2010 and 2011 and the War Eagle Open in 2011. Kim currently holds the all time record for the Snatch and Clean and Jerk for her weight class with Team Georgia Weightlifting. Kim was voted the top trainer 2010 along with Brad Trego in North Fulton County including Roswell, Alpharetta and Milton by Appen Newspaper readers. Kim was voted in the top ten trainers in Atlanta in Jezebel Magazine and has been a Fit article contributor for Jezebel Magazine. Kim placed 1st in her class for the Ms. Georgia SNBF bodybuilding Competition and 2nd for Ms. Atlanta. Kim was voted Best Female Athlete in 1999 for the Bodybuilding Division for Atlanta Sports and Fitness Magazine and Best Female Athlete for SNBF in 1999.

Matthew Bruce

Coach

Matt was born in New Orleans, LA and moved to Baton Rouge, LA at the age of 13 to attend school at Catholic High School. While here for his 8th grade year, Matt began lifting under legendary Coach Gayle Hatch to get stronger and faster for the football team. Soon, Matt fell in love with weightlifting and throughout the course of his 17 year career he became one of the most decorated Olympic weightlifting athletes in the country. Since retiring in 2012 from competition, Matt has transitioned into coaching his barbell club, Bruce Barbell, and is the Olympic weightlifting coach for the online programming team at BrUTE Strength. Matt graduated from Louisiana State University with a Master’s degree in Sports Management and also teaches Special Education full-time for a local school district.

Home Gym: Redstick CrossFit

Qualifications:

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer’s Course
CrossFit Advanced Weightlifting Trainer’s Course
USAW Club Coach

Accomplishments:

7-time World Team Member
National Champion
American Open Champion and Best Lifter
Multiple-Time International Medalist
Best Snatch of 152 kg (334 lbs.)
Best Clean and Jerk of 192 kg (422 lbs.)

Matt Swift

Coach

Matt Swift is the owner and Head Coach of CrossFit Brisbane, in Australia. He commenced training in CrossFit in 2005 and then established and affiliated the gym in 2006.

His qualifications include a Bachelor of Science Degree, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Certificate and National Level Weightlifting Coaching Accreditation. In addition to his role at CrossFit Brisbane, Matt is a member of the CrossFit HQ Seminar Team having presented on over 45 Level 1 and Level 2 seminars.

Matt has presented on Australian Weightlifting Federation courses and currently holds the Australian National Masters Record for Clean and Jerk in U85 40-44 Division. He is an active competitor in CrossFit Competition, with 3 top 20 results at the CrossFit Games Australasian Regionals, and best result being 8th at the 2013 World CrossFit Games in the Masters 40-44 Division. Prior to CrossFit, Matt competed in Triathlon and BJJ, and has over 20 years of experience in Martial Arts and coaching various sports.

Matt first started worked on the Olympic Lifting Seminar Team in 2009.

Home Gym: CrossFit Brisbane

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science (University of Queensland)
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Certificate
  • National Level Weightlifting Coaching Accreditation

Accomplishments:

  • Australian National Masters Record for Clean and Jerk in U85 40-44 Division
  • 3 top 20 results at the CrossFit Games Australasian Regionals (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • 8th at the 2013 World CrossFit Games in the Masters 40-44 Division

Blanco Juan

Coach

As a coach I consider myself a facilitator of athletes; I believe it is both my job and my privilege to maximize the abilities that already exist in every athlete that is willing to work with me. Every athlete teaches me something new about how to apply my knowledge, and I love the constant challenges presented by every athlete’s unique needs, strengths and weaknesses.

After coaching CrossFit every day for five years, I was inspired by Coach Mike Burgener’s passion for coaching, and I found myself focusing on Olympic Lifting. I was drawn to the complexity and the beauty of the Olympic lifts, and impressed by the power, agility and speed the sport demands. I also believe Olympic Weightlifting teaches us how small units of progress can help accomplish our ultimate goals, which has been my experience of finding success beyond the gym as well, whether it be winning my personal battle with weight loss, building a relationship with my amazing woman, or pursuing my personal passion for performing opera. Mastery of Olympic Lifting takes a lifetime to learn, and I am proud to be pursuing it alongside Coach Mike Burgener and his team.

Qualifications:

  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Staff
  • Brooklyn BarBell Club Lead Coach
  • USAW Advanced Sports Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Virtuosity Lead Coach