| Power Athlete Radio – Episode 68: Dr. Fred Hatfield

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Power Athlete Nation we have a special guest with us this week, Dr. Fred Hatfield. He was dubbed Dr. Squat by one of his students, probably because he squated over 1,000 lbs! Episode 68 is all about speed and how to recruit the muscle fibers in order to do so. John also recalls a story about former NFL vet Lyle Alzado and the crew discusses various strength protocols. You don’t want to miss this, crank up the volume and enjoy.


Show Timeline

  • 0:00 Intro And Opening
  • 2:46 Reaching Out For Knowledge
  • 8:50 Speed Is King
  • 14:53 How Long Does It Take To Learn Motor Recruitment
  • 19:44 Pedal To The Metal
  • 20:28 How Do You Get Speed Out Of The Hole
  • 24:33 Game Time Activation
  • 26:58 How To Teach Activation
  • 29:50 Tendo Unit
  • 31:10 Performance Vs. Chasing Numbers
  • 32:28 Confidence
  • 34:22 Passion
  • 37:11 Was Age A Factor?
  • 43:00 Did You Pass Down The Gift?
  • 44:08 The 7 Laws
  • 56:14 When Do You Start Plyos?
  • 1:00:37 In Love With Numbers
  • 1:03:45 Bar Speed
  • 1:05:29 Progressive Overload
  • 1:09:14 Bulgarian System
  • 1:12:08 Specificity Of Movement
  • 1:14:38 Lyle Alzado
  • 1:16:02 The Dr.’s Vitals
  • 1:18:12 Define Athleticism
  • 1:22:52 Its Technique, Not Weight
  • 1:24:07 Compensatory Acceleration
  • 1:24:54 Closing

Show Notes

Dr. Fred Hatfield showing us how to get out of the hole with 1,008 lbs.


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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. Tex McQuilkin on August 15, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Here is a link to the 7 Laws of Training Dr. Hatfield discusses: 7 Laws

  2. Crossfit Balboa | on August 17, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    […] “Its not commitment to excellence, rather utter disdain for anything else.” Dr. Fred Hatfield. (Compliments of Power Athlete Radio) […]

  3. Dub C on August 18, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Is it wrong that the tirade on Crossfit was perhaps my favorite part?

  4. Cort Arthur on August 19, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Maybe the most legit squat ever…

  5. […] latest episode of Power Athlete Radio featured Fred Hatfield aka “Dr. Squat.” If you have time you should download this […]

  6. Brian Bowers on November 21, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Re: measuring velocity/power: I used a stopwatch on some deadlifts, measured the distance traveled, and calculated velocity and power; however, that is not reliable measurement. I’m thinking about trying Vernier Video Physics ($5) for iOS. Anyone with any experience on that or a similar app?

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