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

Author / Cali Hinzman

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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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.



  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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