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John_Bbshrugged3Take a listen to John’s recent conversation with the guys from Barbell Shrugged.  No stone goes unturned as they discuss CrossFit, life in the NFL, kids, and most importantly, the secret to getting strong. Thanks to Mike, Chris, Doug and CTP for putting this together.  Sounds like the next installation of Barbell Shrugged with John Welbourn will consist of more talk of guns, cars, and bacon. John_BBshrugged2


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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. Ingo B on August 14, 2014 at 9:56 am

    “Can I use chains?”

    “Well, do you have chains?”

    “Uh, no”

    “Then, why are we even talking about it?”

  2. Chris on August 14, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    That was awesome. It was frustrating to continuously hear John get interrupted and talked over. I was surprised there was no mention of Field Strong though!

  3. John on August 14, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Great discussion, I wish it went longer! I agree with Chris, it seemed like they were more interested in stating their own opinion, still there was a lot of great content. I was wondering what some of those resources were for early athletic development? That seemed really interesting.

  4. Ingo B on August 15, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    They’re actually worse usually – it’s just their style of conversation.

    The interruptions were low this round. Probably shell shocked from the Knowledge Bombs.

  5. Thomas Bradley on August 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    What books was John referring to about his kids (physical IQ and building those crawling tracks)

  6. spartan1 on August 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Love listening to John…when he wasn’t getting interrupted by Chris Moore haha. Always cracks me up that guy thinks he’s doing stand up comedy. Doug Larson spoke like 3 times the whole podcast and just let JW speak, Mike Bledsoe cool as ever with occasional input. Chris just can’t help himself guys. He always gets ripped about it.

  7. Gavin on August 19, 2014 at 11:16 am

    My favorite was: “You life weights like old people have sex: slow and carefully”

    So many knowledge bombs. I could have listened to 10 more hours of John speaking. I love PA radio (really love it!), but I could also go for an episode every now and then of John just talking. Sort of like an audio version of TTMJ. So many great stories.

  8. Conor Holton on August 19, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    It was a great podcast! I have listened to it about 3 times now. I just wish Chris didn’t interrupt John. I realize he does this with everyone, but no one wants to hear about what Chris. Especially when John was continuously dropping knowledge bombs. Just let the guru speak.

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