| EP 341 – Ben Crookston on Creativity & Competition

Author / John

2 hr 8 min listen

Find Your New Field of Competition

What once began as a professional relationship between a S&C company and a few tech nerds quickly evolved into a long term relash with the goal of empowering athletes. Ben Crookston of Train Heroic [@TrainHeroic] brings purpose to this week’s episode with Luke and Tex, diving into the principles that shaped his vision. The bros also discuss the roles of leaders and followers in today’s world and how the two are closely intertwined despite the negative connotation of the term “follower”. How can one translate their competitiveness, passion, and work ethic from one symbolic field of play to another? Ben has done it and shares his story of success with our billions of listeners. 

“It takes far more energy to unlock someone’s creativity than it does to tell them what to do.” Wise words from a man who struggled himself to find an appropriate outlet for his passion, personal values, and nerdy interests. Ben Crookston, founder of Train Heroic [@TrainHeroic] eventually decided the best way for him to find fulfillment was to create the outlet himself. While this seems like a courageous and risky act, Ben explains that risk is inevitable in everything we do and that shifting societal norms are the reason people shy away from creating. It’s this kind of soft thinking that prevents passionate individuals from achieving the exact one thing they desire…impacting the world around them for the better. How can we combine our unique experiences and talents to achieve just that? Step one: stop comparing yourself to other people who ARE NOT YOU. Step two: listen to this episode…everyone else is doing it. 

Empower Your Performance

That’s right, you can contact Ben Crookston at Ben@TrainHeroic.com and if you haven’t used Train Heroic, shame on you. I’m a literal tech idiot and even I have found it to be one of the easiest and comprehensive ways to track training. Go to the website, get signed up, and demand the integration of gifs.


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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


  1. Tim on January 5, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    What is the name of the song at the start of the podcast ?

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