| | | | PA Radio – Episode 185: Adam Nelson

Author / Cali Hinzman


Because you love the sport.

To enter the competitive realm of shot put, some of the strongest weightroom benchmarks are required. But once you’ve achieved that base level of strength something else must takeover. Adam Nelson [@AdamNelson5376] is a world class shot putter and one strong motherfucker but even he will tell you that chasing numbers in the gym will only distract you from the specific task at hand. Nelson puts it best when he says that lifting is like a drug, the way it makes you feel, the instant gratification, but like any stimulant – you can become dependent on it. It’s only after becoming injured benching that he was exposed to rehab that improved his athleticism tenfold.

This week’s guest is no stranger to struggle. Hear Adam discuss how each decision he made in his career was calculated with personal integrity at the top of the list – a rare quality in a culture steeped in performance enhancing drugs. Hear his fascinating journey to the top of track and field and his forthcoming philosophy about what taints the success and hard work.

OLYMPIA, GREECE - AUGUST 18: Top qualifier Adam Nelson of the United States prepares to make his toss in the men's shot put qualifying round on August 18, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Ancient Stadium of Olympia in Olympia, Greece. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Adam Nelson


If you were blown away by Adam Nelson’s mindset and training philosophy like I was, get to following him on instagram @@AdamNelson5376 or Twitter @AdamMcNelson. And keep your eyes peeled for his “Feats of Strength” website. With Festivus just around the corner, I may just have to submit my own.

Special shout out to anyone who attended the 2016 Power Athlete Symposium, particularly all of our amazing guest speakers. Minds were blown all weekend.

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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.


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