It’s always been my contention that poor form is like terrorism, if you see something, SAY something. Granted, this mantra is usually only limited to the athletes that I am responsible for but when you’re, I don’t know, say Clemson’s Football program and you post some pretty appalling movement on social media, you lend yourself to public criticism.
This week John takes the lead in discussing the viral bench press video featuring Ryan Norton of Clemson. In case you missed it, you can find the clip in our show notes or just google it. Having had extended experience in a number of competitive weight rooms, John explains how it’s even possible to glamorize such poor movement and in such an unapologetic way.
Power Athlete’s stance has always been increasing performance through proper posture and position so it’s no surprise that we feel compelled to speak on this topic. There are so many implications from not just that video, but weight room culture and leadership all around the country. Have a listen to our conversation to find out why this type of training is still widely accepted and what we can learn from it.
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Be sure to have a look online at that video if you haven’t already. And for god’s sake, have an opinion about it. At some point, you have to draw a line in the sand and say – ok, that’s just a shitty lift, I don’t care how hard he’s “trying”.
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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.
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