| | | | | PA Radio – Episode 106: Jim Laird

Author / John

JIM-LAIRD-PROMO2-PowerAthlete Radio_Template-Recovered-Recovered-Recovered-Recovered-Recovered

There is nothing traditional about Jim Laird.

This week we welcome the owner of GYM Laird Strength and Conditioning and once roommate of Jim Wendler.  The former Powerlifter turned industry leader has some unconventional opinions about, well just about everything.

After some discussion on Jim’s background, we get down and dirty with his fascinations with optimal posture, high vs. low threshold environments, and the power of meditation.  Learn how his life took some interesting turns and conscious reprioritizing after struggling with a major health setback.  His brutally honest take on the experience and it’s possible link to a lifestyle of poor eating, excessive training, and steroid use is sobering to say the least.

Next, we chat about his typical client.  Working with nearly 90% females, Jim has developed a unique finesse to converting your average cardio fiend or triathlete into a competitive Powerlifter.  How does he do it?  The secrets lie just moments away.

Jim Laird is not your average coach.  Our candid conversation revealed his unique approach to athlete assessments, vision for the future of our industry, and insight to what really matters in training and in life.

patton-standing-in-jeep 2


If you want to learn more about Jim and his upcoming seminars, head to his website GYMLaird.com.  Stay tuned to hear more about the October meeting of the minds aka “The Cube Summit” in Atlanta, GA.

Jim’s Canada Seminar in July

Postural Restoration Institute

Don’t forget to swing by our online store to rock the latest Power Athlete apparel.

Join us next week when our guest will be Rob “Maximus” MacDonald.  The former MMA champ now helps run the online training resource gymjones.com.  Find out why he thinks having a “Dad Bod” is indicative of a culture that is simply ok with settling.

And because it’s topical, I leave you with this quote from General George S. Patton

“It’s the unconquerable soul of man, not the nature of the weapon he uses, that insures victory.”

Jim-Laird-Spotify-PowerAthlete Radio_Template-Recovered-Recovered-Recovered-Recovered-Recovered

Jim Laird’s Training Playlist

Share this article




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. Ben Taylor on May 18, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Good ole’ Ulcerative Colitis… As a teenager in 2002, I unsuccessfully tried to avoid the surgeries with all kinds of meds and clear liquid diets but never found something that worked for me. I will ping Jim for some additional info.

    My inner @ingob can’t help myself:
    Stress is an asshole.
    PAHQ make my life less shitty.

    • CALI on May 19, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Well played you.

  2. Ingo B on May 18, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    90% of his clients are female? How does one become a strength and conditioning coach? Color me intrigued.

    • CALI on May 19, 2015 at 10:06 am

      I heard he used to be a DJ…you guys have so much in common.

  3. lachlan kadrian on June 1, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    The colouring-in books idea isn’t so crazy. My mum is a psychiatrist and gives them to her patients all the time, there’s a bunch of people putting out colouring books for mindfulness (though admittedly the dinosaur ones are way cooler). Kind of an active meditation.

Leave a Comment


Never miss out on an epic blog post or podcast, drop your email below and we’ll stay in-touch.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.