| | | | PA Radio – Episode 103: Jim Steel

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PowerAthlete Radio_Template-RecoveredJIM STEEL WAS BORN TO COACH.

No one knows Strength and Conditioning at the college level more than Jim Steel.  This episode, the University of Pennsylvania Director of Sports Performance takes us through his journey of acquiring nearly 30 years experience working with a diverse spread of athletes.

We kick off the podcast by talking about some of Jim’s major influences throughout his life and what fueled his passion for lifting weights.  With a spotter like Kirk Karwowski, you have no choice but to get stronger.  Jim talks about his experience training for various performance goals like Powerlifting, Bodybuilding, Muay Thai, and even Toughman competitions.

We get the opportunity to pick Jim’s brain about seeing athletes make the transition from High School to College athletics.  He shares his opinions on having kids specialize at a young age and the consequences of doing so.  We also get into how to maintain a good report with sport coaches and his approach to training female athletes.

Training is just one facet of Jim’s life.  As an avid reader, author, and poet, he is the epitome of well rounded coach who is constantly seeking self improvement.  Not only that, he’s the only knife fighter that I know in real life.

Randy White, pictured below, is one of Jim’s biggest influences.



To get ahold of Jim’s writings, including “Steel Reflections” and a number of other great blog posts and publications, visit www.basbarbell.com.  Here you’ll find motivating pieces and be able to track Jim’s ongoing introspections about the world of Strength and Conditioning.

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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. R on April 24, 2015 at 9:58 am

    @Cali: The volume is definitely better on this one, thank you!

    Great episode as always!

  2. Rafiki on April 29, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Any chance to get this uploaded to sitcher?


    • CALI on April 30, 2015 at 9:48 am

      Yes! It feeds automatically but can sometimes take up to a week. We don’t have any control over that so just be patient. Sorry for the delay.

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