| | | | Power Athlete Radio – Episode 39

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John Welbourn, Cali, Denny and Steve roll out the 39th episode of Power Athlete Radio with discussion on the origins of Well Food Co., John’s NFL playoff picks for this weekend, improving vertical pressing, as well as sharing thoughts on the unfortunate injury suffered by Kevin Ogar at the OC Throwdown.

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Show Timeline

  • 0:00 Intro and Opening
  • 2:10 How did Well Food Co. get started?
  • 5:00 How John spent his first paycheck from the NFL
  • 12:23 John’s NFL Playoff Picks
  • 28:27 Training Baseball Players
  • 35:03 Thoughts on Kevin Ogar’s injury at the OC Throwdown
  • 43:58 Jim G asks: How can I improve my press?
  • 50:15 John’s Globo Gym Chronicles
  • 1:00:02 Closing

Show Notes

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Kevin Ogar
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Jim G. Asks:
Guys, had a question for the next episode…

My upper body (specifically my pressing) is significantly behind my lower body. For example, my best bench right now was a 215 from the last CFFB total test, but I pulled 500 from 2 inches below the knees and am at a 395 squat. Pulling is ok. 1rm chin is +90lbs.

Follow the program as written, but miss Saturdays most weeks. How would you go about getting my pressing stronger without sacrificing too much on the lower body?

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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. Jim G. on January 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Guys, here’s the vid. It took me some time to upload. Pullup strength is +70 for reference. Arms are long for sure. But I thought maybe doing some more hypertrophy for both the triceps and chest; shorter ROM.


    Like I said in the video, of course no sub for attending an actual cert, but doing a remote coaching session using FaceTime or Google Hangouts might be pretty sweet.

  2. clumsy on January 19, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Your safety discussion made me rethink my Max-Box-Jump efforts. I’m usually alone in my garage when I workout. I’ve only had one harmless fall but I know I’m holding back a little to avoid them. Does jumping over a piece of rope pinned to the wall have a similar benefit (it gives way if I miss and I land on my feet) ? Any tips? Thanks.

  3. Denny K on January 20, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Jim- I see two faults in the video. Your bar path isn’t vertical. After you’ve brought the bar down into the bottom position you’re driving it back towards the clips. The bar path is almost at a 20 degree angle. Also, keep your hips on the bench. You are creating an incorrect extension by lifting your hips off the bench. This is similar to those who press with the “standing incline bench press position”…or have that excessive lean back.

    Keep your hips on the bench. When you are challenged to get that last rep drive back towards your spotter through your legs, hips and scapula are making contact with the bench, this way your scapula becomes a fulcrum and transmits the force created through your lower body through your arms and into the bar.

    Just my 2 cents…

  4. Jim G. on January 23, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Thanks Denny. Will work on those two items. Really appreciate the feedback.

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