| | | | PA Radio – Episode 119: Glenn Pendlay

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Weightlifting is a test of work ethic.

This week we are pleased to bring you our conversation with Glenn Pendlay.  This long time coach has worked with athletes of the highest caliber from around the country.  Originally gaining notoriety at California Strength with the likes of Donny Shankle, Max Aita, and Caleb Ward, Coach Pendlay eventually made his was to the east coast.  He now coaches full time with Team MDUSA, a privately funded National Olympic Weightlifting team.

Have you ever wondered what personalities are best suited for Olympic Weightlifting or why great athletes don’t always make the best coaches? Coach Pendlay answers those questions in detail in our conversation. And a few interesting points of our chat regarded the semantics surrounding the origin of the term “Catapult Method”.  Get the real story from Glenn and the no-bullshit answer to the question “Is this really a method?”

Coach Pendlay discusses what it was like to leave Cal Strength and make the transition to Muscle Driver as well as some of his experiences with standout athletes from both.  What’s on the horizon for Coach Pendlay and Team MDUSA?  To find out, stay tuned.

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To find our more about Coach Pendlay and the Muscle Driver crew, including past guest, Sean Rigsby, visit here.  You can keep tabs on Glenn and hear updates about his book release by following him on Instagram under the name @glennpendlay.

Don’t forget to tune in next week for our amazing conversation with Matt Wichlinski.  He’s the head strength and conditioning coach for the WWE Performance Center.

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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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