| | | | PA Radio – Episode 120: Matt Wichlinski

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Driven to Succeed.

This week we are so pumped to share our chat with Matt Wichlinski.  He is the head strength and conditioning coach at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.  As you’ll hear, Matt is responsible for making the mediocre athletes stronger and keeping the strongest, most prized wrestlers safe.  In a sport where theatrical performance often trumps athletic performance, Coach Wichlinski strikes the appropriate balance to ensure the success of these men and women.

It’s not difficult to get Matt heated on any number of subjects.  This verbose character is reminiscant of past guests such as Zach Even Esh.  He explains to the crew what it’s like to work with the personalities of the WWE and how like any client-coach relationship, some are better than others.  Ultimately, it’s the ones with the strongest work ethic whose success trickles into all facets of life.

Matt is a huge proponent for simple training.  He believes that to become a better athlete you must be consistent in order to perfect the basics of strength training.  This ethos echos into his approach to sports specific programming in that the program must prioritize competition over training. As you’ll hear, his struggles with the WWE are no different than what we see in traditional HS or College weightrooms.

I’m so excited to bring you this really invigorating chat with the one and only Matt Wichlinski.



Follow Coach Matt Wichlinski on Instagram or Facebook.

You can also take a video tour of the WWE Performance Center by finding the video on this episdode’s blogpost or by going to the WWE website.  It is truly an impressive place to train.

Next week we welcome Dr. Dan Reardon of Fitness Genes to talk about how testing your genetics to improve training and diet may be the best thing you’re not doing.

Check out the facility!
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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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