| | | PA Radio – Episode 273: Phil Wagner

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The Power of Technology

Less injuries means better performance. Using technology has greatly improved our knowledge of individual biomechanics. Now we can take that information to determine where an athlete’s performance is deficient and their body is vulnerable. That is exactly what this week’s guest, Phil Wagner of Sparta Science [@SpartaScience] is doing with force plate feedback. With nearly instantaneous feedback, you can track progress week to week and dictate training programs accordingly. The beauty? It’s simple and from all accounts, it works.

Power output does not lie. Your ability to apply force on an object is a requirement of sport, particularly in any contact sport. But how to we quantify it’s effects on not only our opponent, but our own body? Phil Wagner of Sparta Science [@SpartaScience] has spent the last four years doing just that. Tracking the nuances of your output on a force plate has become easier with advanced technology. Furthermore, predicting future injuries based on that data is Phil’s bread and butter. Imagine a world where your power test spits out not only your results, but the prescription for improved performance…the future is NOW!


Follow Sparta Science on instagram or their website, https://spartascience.com and learn how you can demo the technology discussed in this episode.

And now for another installment of why you should attend the Power Athlete Symposium 2018 in Austin, TX. The practicals. You have the opportunity to be coached in real time by one of the best coaches I’ve had the honor of training with…Tex McQuilkin. If you think he sounds like he knows what the fuck he’s talking about on the podcast, wait til he gets a hold of you in the gym. It’s a rare opportunity to glance into the brilliant mind of a dedicated educator. And anything he lacks in knowledge, he more than makes up for in body hair.

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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.


  1. Harlan on September 15, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Another great show. Ranks right up there behind the Cal Dietz podcast, but way behind the Mr. Welbourn Sr. podcast

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