| | | | PA Radio – Episode 193: Ingrid Marcum

Author / John

 Smarter Strength

Fixing a broken athlete is tough. But, it’s even more tough when they are able to mask their shit mechanics with compensatory talent. Ingrid Marcum [@theironvalkyrie] will be the first to tell you that she rose to the highest levels of gymnastics, bobsledding, and Olympic Weightlifting doing just that. Hear how she trained through injury after injury with success over the years, but, at great cost. Now she’s dedicated to educating coaches and athletes so they can thrive and continue to crush their competitors for the long haul.

In this episode, Ingrid takes us through a few diagnostics that will help improve coordination and drive intentionality into your training. As she explains, intention and purpose can be indicators that an athlete is properly motivated. When asked to speak on the topic of motivation, Ingrid shares an interesting perspective about reaching a certain level in competition. According to her, there comes a time where, although motivation has not wavered, the anxiety and stress of competing has significantly decreased. She attributes this to years of stress inoculation and finally accepting that the only thing you can master is that which you can control.

Finally, Tex and Ingrid jam on the common fascination with coordination. Hear how the two discuss what they feel is an often overlooked and undefined component of athleticism.


You heard her, folks. Find Inrgrid Marcum on social media by simply doing a search of her name. That will lead you to her personal site and to her instagram page with the handle @TheIronValkyrie. Ingrid can also be found assisting with CrossFit Weightlifting seminars when she’s not leading talks of her own

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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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