| | | | Episode 101: Zach Even-Esh

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This week’s guest starts his day well before the sun comes up to make a 100+ mile drive to coach the wrestlers at LeHigh University.  The out of state trek must be paying off because his athletes beat National Champions, Ohio State, last year – a defining victory for Zach Even-Esh and his team.

Zach does not let up.  His days are long, his voice is hoarse, but he sucks the marrow out of life and vows to lay down each night bone tired and without regrets.

Think you know what it takes to embody the qualities of a “good coach”?  Mr Even-Esh will tell you first hand that it takes a relentless work ethic and an intolerance for mediocrity.

In this episode, Zach imparts his knowledge on finding time to train himself, suffering through and preventing ACL injuries, and the nuances of coaching weight class athletes.

Passionate doesn’t even begin to describe this grassroots authority on brute strength.  Have a listen as the self-described family man paints a picture of what it means to truly throw yourself into coaching and why his job extends far beyond the weight room.



Zach draws inspiration not only from his family and athletes, but from classic cinematic depictions of struggle like Rocky.  Add the following films to your required viewing list:

  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  • Bones Brigade
  • Gladiotor
  • Rocky I-IV

Buy Zach’s book NOW!  The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength is 400+ pages of seriously strong knowledge.

Find Zach on the seminar circuit:

Do yourself a favor and get familiar with Underground Strength.

For more information on our April 30 Day Wade’s Army challenge and a chance to receive a limited edition tee, head over to www.WadesArmy.org.

Stay tuned to next week when we welcome renowned spinal specialist, Dr. Stuart McGill.

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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. BarbarianBlake on April 11, 2015 at 5:57 am

    @cali you snooze, you lose!

  2. healthpellets on April 11, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Holy. Shit. Zack is on point. Dude is intense. Made me wanna get up and go train right then. Man, what a great episode. Keep this shit coming. Great work. Great guest.

  3. Ingo B on April 15, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    1. How long would this show be had John been there? They would bounce off each other infinitely.

    2. Your female listenership should triple once Tex’s commercial spot goes viral.

  4. James on April 26, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    My apologies if I’ve missed it somewhere but what is the intro song that Cali uses?

    • CALI on April 28, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Hey-Oh! The country rock song is Kyle Turley’s “Smokin'”.

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