| | | Power Athlete Radio – Episode 36

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Denny wrangles Cali, Tex, Luke and John Welbourn for Episode 36 of Power Athlete Radio.  The crew discusses benefits of training upper body for Soccer, Tuchscherer’s Reactive Training System, chat a bit about CrossFit Deity Dmitry Klokov and Training in Speedos!

Show Timeline

  • 0:00 Intro & Opening
  • 1:31 CFFB.com 2.0 and 2014
  • 5:18 Checking in on Hawaii & OKC Seminars
  • 12:19 Drew Asks: What’s up with Tuchscherer’s Reactive Training System?
  • 18:58 Greg Asks: Upper Body gains & CFFB Programming for Soccer?
  • 23:19 Kings of Prussia – Klokov, Ilin & Polonikov Seminars
  • 36:22 Power Pulls for Performance and Lifting in Speedos
  • 42:18 Holiday Plans & Closing

Show Notes

Drew Somplasky asks:

I’ve been reading a lot lately about Mike Tuchscherer’s Reactive Training System revolving around Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) and it has me curious. Understanding that most of his clients are powerlifters, I was wondering if you had any insight/opinions on this and whether this type of training could be implemented into the intermediate and advanced level power athletes’ programming.


Greg Binns asks:

Hi Y’all,

(two paragraphs of context, and then my actual question in paragraph 3.)
I’m new to CFFB and got interested in it after dabbling with Crossfit for awhile. I fell in love with the metcons and whole constantly varied functional etc. mentality but also found myself wanting to systematically build a strength base.

I’m a 47 year old father of two, ages 5 and 8, both of whom love sports and are pretty athletic, so I’m sort of discovering the joys of competitive, organized sports at this stage in life. My training age is effectively zero. I worked on a farm growing up and lifted weights in college and a little here and there in my 30s, and then did CF mainsite for several months when I was unemployed a few years ago. In terms of what I’m training for, I want to basically be not a pussy, for starters – generally strong, fast, physically capable – and I also want to live longer and not be hunched over when I’m 80. I remember hearing JW say in some interview (on Robb Wolf’s show maybe?) that stronger people are basically harder to kill. That makes sense to me.

To my question: In addition to the GPP piece, I’m getting really interested in soccer. I was glad to find out on an older episode that one of you is a soccer player. I wonder if y’all could talk about what advantage upper body strength confers in a game like soccer, which appears to be all about legs and feet. I wonder if you could also educate and clarify how overall size and strength are helpful in this game, where the emphasis seems to be on some kind of balance between endurance and short explosions of speed (like when you shake a defender by passing the ball into space and then beating him to it). I.e. to the uninitiated, it may appear that smaller, lighter players have an inherent advantage, but I’m sure there’s more to the story.

I’m fully aware that the above is an academic question relative to my starting point, i.e. I’m gonna follow straight CFFB and develop a good strength and conditioning base before I even THINK about thinking about tweaking or optimizing anything. But at the same time, your discussions about how to develop athletes and how strength/conditioning/posture-and-position/body mechanics translate into performance on the field are fascinating and motivating.

‘Preciate it in advance, y’all. Thanks for the great programming, the work on the podcast, and your love of athleticism.

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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. Ingo B on December 21, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I hear “soundstage” and could only think of one thing: Power Athlete – The Musical.

    • CALI on December 24, 2013 at 4:52 am

      The hills are alive with overspeed training….. ahhh ahhhhhh ahhh ahhhh

  2. Drew on December 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks for addressing the RPE stuff. I don’t usually pay much attention to new training methodologies out there (most just based off bill Starr or rip anyway) but there seemed to be a lot of good stuff surrounding his approach (plus he’s strong as hell). It wasn’t my intent to mish mash programs, but to look at the comparison between utilizing %s for the core lifts and RPE #s. His stance is that you can insert rpe’s into any program (smolov, Bulgarian, cffb?) as a way to measure progress without altering the goal of the program. Thanks for the continued knowledge bombs and great programming. Cheers

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