This week we feature our conversation with Derek Woodske [@DerekWoodske], NCAA All American and National Champ in track and field. Although Derek has proven himself a standout athlete and strength coach to boot, there’s something else that makes him unique. Having grown in a small British Columbia town with a population of 250, Derek had limited exposure to athletic talent or even competition for perspective.
A 16 year old and 185 lb Derek Woodske did a barbell back squat for the first time in his life at a local fair. After successfully completing 425 lbs, no one in his small town seemed to bat an eye. It was only by chance, circumstance, and one whopper of a lie did Derek make it out of his insulated community and on to compete in hammer throwing at the highest levels.
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We may hate the internet, but it’s where you can find Derek Woodske. He is on Facebook and IG under the name @DerekWoodske. Keep your eyes peeled for the developing website, www.ecobolic.com. It’s looking pretty badass already.
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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