THE GREAT STRENGTH DEBATE
Not all athletes are created equal, particularly when it comes to the sport of fitness. This week, we dive into a conversation about CrossFit with renowned games coach, Ben Bergeron. His experience working with competitors at the highest level provides an insight into programming and prepping these select few for one miserable weekend in August. He also acknowledges the differences both in mindset and training goals between these go-hards and your average weekend warrior. The biggest distinction: risk vs. reward.
A reoccurring theme in this episode is the role strength plays in developing an athlete’s all around capacity. The Crew and Ben trade theories on how and what it means to be “strong enough”. And poor Tex talks about a nightmare he had in which all teenagers quit high school to focus on getting better at thrusters. It’s ok Tex. You just had a bad dream…
EMPOWER YOUR PERFORMANCE.
You can find Ben Bergeron and links to his programing and publications by going to www.BenBergeron.com. There you’ll also find a link to purchase his book, Chasing Excellence, which was referenced throughout the podcast.
And, ahoy hoy, have you heard the news? The Power Athlete Symposium is releasing a second wave of tickets for a limited time. These tickets grant you access to all of our sick speakers including Raph Ruiz, Derek Woodske, Bert Sorin, Andy Stumpf, and many many more. You can purchase yours by heading to powerathletehq.com/symposium. Remember that all proceeds go to Wade’s Army, our charity supporting the families affected by a rare form of pediatric cancer called Neuroblastoma. And listen folks, if you can’t get down for the Symposium this year, I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed. However, you can still donate to the cause by going to wadesarmy.org. If you’re familiar with the annual Wade’s Day campaign, we are doing things a little different this year. No need to get a team involved, we’ll take your cold hard cash straight from you as an individual. Just donate as much or as little as your want and decide whether or not you’d like to rock the new Wade’s Army uniform. It will be sent to you prior to November 12 for the Wade’s Day Workout.
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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