| | | POWER ATHLETE RADIO – EPISODE 28 Jesse Burdick

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We are extremely excited to have Jesse Burdick join the show and talk technology, parenting, and weight lifting!  This conversation takes turns up, down, left and right but all pertinent and relevant info.  Sit back and enjoy this episode of Power Athlete Radio!

Show Timeline

  • 0:00 Intro and opening
  • 2:44 Wade’s Army Update
  • 5:42 Germany CFFB Seminar Recap
  • 9:31 Welbourn Checks in from his daughters Doctors Appointment
  • 17:52 Jesse updates us on his tan!
  • 24:57 PowerWOD and Consistency in Training
  • 29:23 The NFL Concussion issue, is the game changing?
  • 49:02 “Genetic Freaks” and Outliers setting the precedent
  • 53:42 Painkillers, prescription drugs, and insane social usage
  • 60:13 Andrew K Asks – What’s your favorite Accessory Lift

Show Notes

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Jesse’s Tan
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The Silk Road
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Andrew K asks:
What’s going on P.A.R crew?

In light of the recently awesome Beginner’s Guide to CFFB, I was hoping to get some input/airtime on each of your favorite accessory movements as well as set/rep ranges. Do you take the Jim Wendler approach to accessory lifts i.e. hit your main movements like a powerlifter and then train your accessory movements like a body builder or do you crush some more heavy shit for accessory work?

Disclaimer: I am aware that accessory work should be just that, accessory, and should not take away from the DWOD/SWOD. In terms of programming, would you pick one weak spot each day and program it accordingly (if I need more tricep work – throw in some dips after a Monday/Thursday when we traditionally press) or would you suggest making Saturday a light conditioning/weak spot day?

Thanks for the continuing inspiration,

Andrew K.

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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. Matt on October 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Really disappointing that John, typically a strong purveyor of science, is giving the autism / vaccination bullshit any airtime.

    There’s a ton of science out there, particularly recently, proving being a reasonable doubt that there is zero connection between vaccination and autism.

    There’s a loooot on this:
    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/10/the-dangers-of-pseudoscience/ –> why giving this crap airtime is dangerous.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/03/health/research/03lancet.html – the retraction of the actual study used to underly all the autism/vaccination claims.

    Look – every parent would do anything to protect their child, but giving airtime to pseudo science is bad for kids and everyone else.

    While John did get his kids mostly vaccinated and did the right thing (and is right to question helicopter-parenting and over-protection of kids and stuffing them full of unnecessary drugs and chemicals ), others may hear a voice of authority like John and decide not to get their kids vaccinated at all – that’s the concern.

    I also think it’s dangerous to associate the science and evidence based approach of Power Athlete HQ to fitness and health with a kooky movement that is based in zero science and has Jenny McCarthy as it’s self-appointed leader.

  2. Chad Hamilton on October 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I’m a PhD of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a parent and I don’t believe in vaccinations. To a person like myself, who has a high understanding of the scientific method, and a high understanding of philosophy, and a mediocre understanding of CrossFit Football, I take offense to much of what you’ve posted. To that, I give no more airtime.

    Great work again, guys.

  3. Andrew K. on October 13, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Thanks for taking my comment! Although I have steered away from CFFB I still check the site religiously for the info.

    While Jesse was discussing the dangers of putting assistance work at the end of the workout, I was thinking about my own training and how I always put core work at the end and sometimes skip it. And then he mentioned core!

    This is probably why deadbugs are in the PA warmup.

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