| | | | PA Radio – Episode 162: Jim Kiritsy

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If this episode doesn’t want to make you return to your high school or college weightroom and confront your strength coach for robbing you of the best years of your life, nothing will. Jim Kiritsy [@ksu_fb_strength] joins us all the way from Georgia to talk about the amazing culture and program he’s started at Kennesaw State University. With a little funding and a lot of commitment, this football strength and conditioning coach is pioneering a brand spanking new program rivaling that of his seasoned competitors.

Kiritsy has that special quality of a coach that you can not only hear in his voice but infer from his comments. Everything he does is for the betterment of the team and the athletes. He believes his staff is trained thoroughly to coach and not merely spot and act as cheerleaders. He believes good movement, hard work, and smart programming can cure virtually any performance shortcomings. AND he doesn’t do anything unless it serves a purpose. Brilliant.

Have a listen as Coach Kiritsy leads you down the path of enlightenment. If you’re a high school or college weight room assistant, get your hands dirty and start leading athletes by simply coaching. Because without coaching there is no accountability and without accountability there is no enthusiasm for the win.


You heard the man. Hit him up on social media under his name, Jim Kiritsy, or follow the team on InstaGram @ksu_fb_strength. No doubt you’ll be inspired by what you see from these young athletes.

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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. Luke on July 5, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I think this was the best podcast I’ve listened too this year!

  2. sean ploskina on July 6, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Did PA get that PDF he was talking about on his list of Ted Talks?

  3. Josh Downing on December 1, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Here is his TED Talk curriculum:

    1. Simon Sinek- Start With Why
    2. Amy Cuddy- Body Language
    3. Christopher Emden- Teach Teachers How To Create Magic
    4. Linda Clyatt-Wayman- How to Fix a Broken School
    5. Rita Pierson- Every Kid Needs a Champion
    6. Shawn Achor- The Happy Secret Better Work
    7. Joe Ehrman- Inside Out Coaching
    8. Jeff Oliver- The Best Job on the Planet
    9. John Wooden- The Difference Between Winning and Succeeding
    10. Terry Moore- How to Tie Your Shoes
    11. Derek Sivers- How to Start a Movement
    12. Jamie Oliver- Teach Every Child About Food
    13. Stanley McCrystal- Listen, Learn…Then Lead
    14. Ken Robinson- Do Schools Kill Creativity
    15. Daniel Pink- The Puzzle of Motivation
    16. Bill Gates- Teachers Need Real Feedback
    17. David Foster Wallace- How’s the Water

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