| | | PA Radio – Episode 188: Dave Spitz

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The Coach’s Hippocratic Oath

When you want to be the best, you have to believe in your heart that you’re a bad motherfucker. These sage words come from none other than this week’s PA Radio guest, Dave Spitz [@Cal_Strength]. Coach Spitz runs California Strength in NorCal and is committed to making American Weightlifting medalists….So much so that he he believes a coach’s is job is to work for the athlete, and not the other way around.

The guys discuss the pros and cons of early adoption of the sport and specialization as well as some of what Dave would considers essential attributes of a successful weightlifter. You may find it surprising that the age old practice of sizing up an athlete based on limb and torso length does not hold weight as once thought. Even a seasoned coach like Dave is constantly reevaluating his assessment process.

And finally, a few stories about notorious Bulgarian Weightlifting master, Coach Ivan Abadjiev. The man often referred to as “Uncle” by his pupils is always to be respected and never to be trusted. Find out why!



Cal Strength and Power Athlete are like brothers from another mother…and if that mother had a name, it would be Train Heroic. You can find all of their amazing programming on the Train heroic site or just admire as a fanboy by following them on instagram under the handle @Cal_Strength. Looking for more info or the opportunity to train at the Cal Strength facility? Visit http://www.californiastrength.com.

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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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