| | | | Episode 101: Zach Even-Esh

Author / Cali Hinzman



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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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.



  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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