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

Author / Cali Hinzman

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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.

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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.”

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Jim Laird’s Training Playlist

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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. 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.

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