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

Author / John


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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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.

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