| | | PA Radio – Episode 135: Brad Snyder

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The Definition of Adversity.

Brad Snyder joins us on this week’s holiday episode of Power Athlete Radio.  If the name sounds familiar, it’s because this Naval Academy grad turned Paralympic Gold Medalist has an amazing story.  After several deployments as an EOD officer, his last with a SEAL team left him blinded.  Brad suffered a blast to the face after stepping on a buried IED.  Although his facial injuries healed in relatively short order his eyes were damaged beyond repair.

Hear how Brad was able to pivot and take his personal drive and Type A personality in a different direction by revisiting his passion for swimming.  A collegiate competitor, Brad is no stranger to training, setting goals, and exceeding them.  He relies on his positive mindset and vigilant approach to maintaining perspective as a means to dominate not only the sport of swimming, but also the challenges of navigating life as a blind man.

I couldn’t think of a more inspiring discussion to cozy up to on this Christmas Day.  Brad Snyder is the epidome of drive and dedication.  Despite his humility, it’s obvious that his life’s work has been and continues to be one of selfless inspiration.

Paralympics: Swimming-Finals

Empower Your Performance.

Follow Brad Snyder’s training and life on instagram at @bradsnyderusa.  You can also read about his amazing story and his motivational speaking on his website www.bradsnyderusa.com.  I encourage you to share this episode with friends and family this holiday season.  Merry Christmas to everyone from Power Athlete HQ!

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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. Ingo "Joey Swole" B on December 29, 2015 at 9:52 am

    1. Thanks @luke for finally mentioning volleyball within the context of Power Athlete training. It only took 5.9 years of nagging on my part.

    2. (36:57) – “the importance of having purpose behind everything (you) do” and “doing stuff without a purpose behind it is wasted effort” – absolute truth. I mentioned it before, but I see this A LOT in Crossfit – people are just doing things without realizing why it benefits them. You can tell by the way they execute. Good stuff

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