| | | PA Radio – Episode 127: Greg Everett

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The Old School Mentality.

This week we welcome athlete, author, and Catalyst Athletics coach, Greg Everett.  This well known figure in the world of strength and conditioning believes that Olympic Weightlifting has changed dramatically – to the benefit of popularity but the detriment of old school ethics.  As someone who evolved into the sport well before social media, Greg waxes nostalgic on his past experience of embracing Weightlifting as lifestyle instead of an accessory.

From the garage of Mike Burgener to his own beautiful facility, Greg talks about how he has changed with the sport to make opportunities for himself.  Although not every aspect of the business is pleasurable, he is steadfast in his training principles and unapologetically opinionated.  Discover why he thinks so many athletes get caught up in the trap of training like the most elite athletes in the world and why it’s not only sub optimal, it can also be counterproductive.

John and Greg catch up on all things Olympic Weightlifting and unravel the mysteries of the internet all in an hour’s time.  This is episode 127.



Find out more about Greg Everett and Catalyst Athletics by visiting the site.  There is a ton of knowledge available in the form of articles, publications for purchase, and seminar training.

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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.


  1. Chris on October 24, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    So I wanted to listen to the recording as I like the information provided on Greg’s website. Why no positive information provide– it turned into a bitch session using off color language to complain. Yes, social media is a complete mess in terms of today’s communication model but why do you have to at the same time make a podcast that turns into a bitch session? You have tremendous knowledge to share and have people like myself turned into listen but turn it into what social media is doing. I was looking forward to learning something but instead turned it off.

    • CALI on October 24, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Thank you for your feedback.

    • John on October 25, 2015 at 2:39 pm

  2. king1120 on October 25, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Not to pile on to Chris’ complaints… but I also can’t believe you all didn’t touch on Greg’s impact to the sport of Hooping:


    I was lucky enough to go thru a CF Olympic weightlifting seminar in DC hosted by Greg and Aimee (many moons ago) it was a great weekend.

  3. Chris on October 25, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Now that was funny. Thanks for posting. My new sport Hooping

  4. king1120 on October 25, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Chris – good luck in your new sport. But remember…

    Butthurt leads to anger, anger leads to online rants, rants lead to re-tweeting, re-tweeting leads to suffering…

    I thought it was a good podcast. I have already seen the “future” of Olympic lifting in this country that was discussed. Remember the last name “Maziels”. You will see at least one of them in the Olympics in the next 10-15 years.

  5. JD on October 25, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    In the past shows were posted in mp3 format. This one was posted as an mp4. Is this going to be the new standard format for the show?

  6. Muzz on October 26, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    This was an absolute ripper.

    I will be playing this during our gyms Wednesday Active Recovery session this week…mind you, our gym is pretty bullshit-free…it will be more for affirmation purposes.

  7. DavidMck on October 28, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Great fucking episode.

    @luke why you gotta throw shade at hockey?

  8. Brad on October 29, 2015 at 7:32 am

    it says that I cannot access the m4a file? Can someone help me out?

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