| | PA Radio – Episode 284: Ryan Horn

Author / Cali Hinzman

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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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.


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