| | | | PA Radio – Episode 180: Even-Esh & Steel

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Even-Esh, Steel, & Welbourn

To be a fly on the wall with two of the biggest names in the strength and conditioning game…This week Power Athlete Radio brings you exactly that: an impromptu conversation between John Welbourn [@JohnWelbourn], Zach Even-Esh [@zevenesh] and Jim Steel. Set in Philly, this trip was not a Rocky homage or your classic Welbourn cheesesteak hazing. Tex and John were all business all weekend as they put on a Sports Specific Application Seminar and met with Zach and Jim to tour the UPenn training facility.

When the guys sat down to shoot the shit, an opportunity to capture even a fraction of the knowledge was seized. However, it’s disorganized as fuck. That’s while I’ll be introducing the segments as we go in an attempt to live to self proclaimed title : The World’s Premier Podcast in Strength and Condition.

Food and Philly – what better way to open the discussion with three very large coaches and one hungry hobbit, sorry Tex. Then we learn that John is still recognized, not for his NFL career, but for being in Every Second Counts. Did you know Zach and John have more in common than just their zodiac sign? So many degrees of Bill Belichick, coming up!

Next up, John responds to Jim Steel’s questions about the best opponent he’s ever come up against.  Things get a little weird when Welbourn spills a secret about how he went full serial killer tearing out the picture of his opponent from a game program and pasting it to his bathroom mirror.

In this segment, Zach wants to know from Jim’s perspective, what makes a great youth athlete? What is that X factor that is so difficult to define, but determines an athletes success and longevity in sport. Translating that into success as an adult, never accepting complacency should be the goal of every coach.

Coming up, Zach presents an excellent training question about the evolution of your average entry level athlete and kids asking about deloading. HWHAT?! Oh and NFL stories for dayzz. I think the takeaway is hit hard and tea bag harder? I’ll let you figure it out…

In this last segment, Jim Steel discusses adding muay thai to his lacrosse programs to train transverse and rotational movements. Impressive and unique GPP coming out this 20 year coach is not surprising in the least.



Like what you’ve heard so far? Then you will love tuning into Zach’s continued conversation with Jim Steel on his Strong Life podcast, Episode 100.

Also, an excellent synopsis of the lessons learned during this recording can be found on Zach’s website. An article titled “12 Things I Learned on a Never Ending Podcast with John Welbourn and Jim Steel“.

This year’s Power Athlete Symposium is now open to the public for the first time! If you haven’t heard of this annual knowledgefest, it’s basically the most badass three days spent in SoCal. Rub elbows with fellow Power Athletes and soak up the wisdom from guest speakers like Robb Wolfe, Andy Stumpf, Aaron Ausmus, and Brad Snyder. Of course you can expect that the PA Crew will also be leading the weekend with the latest and greatest out of HQ.  Registration can be found at https://powerathletehq.com/symposium and closes on November 23rd. Hope to see you there!

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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. Phil Salamone on November 7, 2016 at 6:38 pm


    @john as a Giant fan always said Keith Hamilton was such an under appreciated player. The guy was intense showed up ready every week.

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