| | | EP 359 – Your Dream Speed Coach, Derek Hansen

Author / John

1 hr 50 min listen

COVID-19 is Like Football

Hansen. So hot right now. This is our second time hosting the notorious Sprint Coach and he is even more knowledgeable and hilarious than we remember. Per John’s request, Derek Hansen [@derekmhansen] dives deep into explaining speed development, technique, and how he’s managed to convey these critical elements to sport coaches. Derek also humors Luke by addressing the “Feed the Cats” speed philosophy. And if that’s not enough feline for you, the Tiger King is referenced numerous times as a metaphor for life. Yes. You heard me correctly.


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The amount of shittalking that occurs at the expense of Cincinnati in this episode is ridiculous. Apologies in advance to any offended residents. But seriously, why does your town suck so bad? Our chat with Derek Hansen [@derekmhansen] dissects the history of speed training from Charlie Francis to whatever nonsensical workouts your coach made you do in high school. Hansen is able to explain how Francis’ philosophies helped shape the structure of his training but he also discusses how the nuance of sport has allowed him to evolve as a coach. He’s got a lot of interesting insights about working with high level athletes and coaches, as well as a solid argument on how the politics around COVID are very much like that of football. If you’re exhibiting symptoms of increased HR, shortness of breath, and high arousal (physiological or sexual) do not be alarmed. These are normal signs that you are excited for another episode of PA Radio. Listen NOW!

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You can follow Derek Hansen on IG under the handle @DerekMHansen or head to RunningMechanics.com or SprintCoach.com for more information or a consultation. And let’s not forget Derek’s ringing endorsement for PA Radio: “The tangents are exceptional and relevant”. 


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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.


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