| | PA Radio – Episode 284: Ryan Horn

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Salt or Sugar

“When are coaches going to stop trying to impress each other and start trying to improve one another.” Coach Ryan Horn [@RyanHorn45] is maybe one of the most quote-worthy guests on PA Radio to date. He is passionate about challenging athletes and pushing them carefully to the point of failure. He sees the value in teaching resilience, a quality severely underemphasized because of the taboo of making kids feel ‘bad’.

Horn also talks about how to create the right culture while still staying flexible to certain aspects of training that can occasionally stoke the fire in a team. Learn how to determine if you’re athletes were fed “salt or sugar” growing up and what this means for your coaching style.

“Put people in a position where they have to work. Put people in a position where they have to care genuinely, be authentic, and be vulnerable. Then give them adversity. Watch how they respond and let their TEAMMATES watch how they respond. And when people do that consistently, you create structure from that vulnerability.” Hell yeah, Ryan Horn [@RyanHorn45]. This coach knows that there is far more to ‘culture’ than the vision of a head coach. As Horn states, “Culture is more like a petri dish than a puzzle. It’s a living, breathing, dynamic that requires care and competition.” He’s almost makes too much sense to be on our podcast….almost. Listen NOW!


You can follow Coach Horn on instagram @RyanHorn45.

With just a few days until Wade’s Day and one month from the Power Athlete Symposium, let’s bring it in a take a knee, so to speak. You may be super sick and tired of hearing about these events and I get it. Remember that we beat this horse so that you might spread some awareness of pediatric cancer. We want kids, parents, and families who are stricken with this terrible disease to know that they are worth the fight. That strength comes in many forms and that they exemplify the spirit and drive of a Power Athlete. We realize that the money earned from Wade’s Army through Wade’s Day and the entirety of the Symposium is just cash. But if it can bring these kids closer to a cure, and the families a symbol of hope, it is a battle worth fighting.

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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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