| | | | PA Radio – Episode 175: Steve Platek

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 episode175bMind before Grind.

Power Athlete, Former Grid League Athlete/now Coach, Professor of Evolutionary Neuroscience, Steve Platek [@splatek16] now adds TED Talk speaker to his long list of accolades. Otherwise known as one Professor Booty, Steve was one of the founding hosts of Power Athlete Radio. His passion to battle the bullshit helped spark the original show and is apparent in all of his training and professional endeavors. Steve has always maintained that science provides answers to the complicated and often overlapping matrix of his two loves, evolution and strength training.

In this episode, Steve and Tex bridge the gap between that of comradery found in sports and the possible neurological implications of group suffering. This phenomena has always been a component in team environments but only recently is there science to explain how the suck can improve overall performance. But, at what risk? Responsible coaches know how and when to put an athlete on blast but not enough follow what Power Athlete refers to as the 3P Model.

Unpack the details of what drives us to want to win for the collective gain with Professor Booty himself.



Steve’s recent TED Talk will be available for your viewing and audio pleasure soon! Stay tuned to get links of his first speaking gig with TED.

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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. Josh Downing on October 4, 2016 at 7:18 am

    On the podcast Steve talked about the science behind comradery in sport and the military. Is there anyway I can get a link to that research?

  2. #ProfBooty on October 4, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Josh, Hey man: here is a quick link to some stuff that happened at UCLA a while back. http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/battlefield-camaraderie-yield-151131

    I was talking, I think, more about the role of the brain in these processes, to which no one has really studied well. That is, if we suffer together something happens in our brains; we feel empathy, we bond, we solve tasks together, activating shared reward centers in the brain – so if you and I both do something and it’s somehow a struggle, but we succeed, we share a reward process. This is, from a neuroscientific perspective super neat, because it suggests that if we share this reward experience at the same time, particularly after a stress… it’s almost as if there is a rebound effect for the reward and rather than just associating the behavior at question with the positivity, you in fact associate the context and the person(s) with that experience. I don’t know of any good published research on this, but my team is trying to conceptualize this into a study: conditioning the person as part of the context of reward. The issue with the science is that we cannot produce super negative experiences like running suicides or military like scenarios in the laboratory.

    hope that helps.

  3. Josh Downing on October 4, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Awesome! Thanks for posting so fast!

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