| | | | Power Athlete Radio Episode – 82 Dr. Stephen Miller

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Professor Stephen Miller joins us all the way from Nemea, Greece.  For all of you history buffs, this will definitely quench your nerd thirst.  This truly is a knowledgefest complete with nakedness, body oil, and a story about the inspiration of Indiana Jones. Find out how competition got it’s start in early Greece and how it’s influenced so many aspects of current culture.

Show Timeline

  • 4:00 “Dumb luck” is how Professor Miller describes his start in archaeology.
  • 6:00 Equestrian events were part of the early athletic games.
  • 8:20 John Welbourn is a Greek God…according to some.
  • 9:30 Ancient Greek athletics and the emphasis on both mind AND body.
  • 10:40 Developing the mental game.
  • 12:00 Exploiting the talents of gifted athletes.
  • 14:15 What were the supplements and diet like ancient athletes?
  • 16:00 The four day cycle in preparation for an event and why it was banned.
  • 18:00 Meat was a competitive advantage!
  • 18:30 Competition for competition’s sake.
  • 20:00 Were athletes compensated in the long long ago?
  •  24:30 A huge misconception about ancient athletic training.
  • 26:00 Only free Greek men could compete – and a few ladies!
  • 28:30 Ancient sports compared to present day Olympics.
  • 30:00 Why did sports become so spectator driven?
  • 35:00 What is the ancient Greek baseball card equivalent?
  •  37:00 The uniform of Greek sportsman is…
  • 39:00 Did athletes have jobs outside competition?
  • 53:15 Was Dr. Miller the inspiration for Indiana Jones? 100%
  • 64:05 Want to support the Nemean Games? Donate or compete!!!


 Show Notes

Follow Dr Miller and his project in Nemea here:

Hang with the crew next week for a hilarious episode discussing #22JackedStreet, why your kid is terrible in sports and consequently hates you, and which one of the PAHQ staff is dating-ish The Rock.  Also- the guys argue over whose bones are more dense.

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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. NoColonBT on November 21, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I took an Intro to Ancient Rome class at Texas and it was easily one of the most difficult classes I took on my way to an engineering degree. I loved the passion that the professors had about the material. Definitely need to visit Greece and Rome some day.

    Competing naked would give a raw powerlifting meet a new meaning.

  2. Matt Lissick on November 25, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    My normally dependable Android podcast app hasn’t had this episode load yet. I have checked back every day since it posted on the Power Athlete site and refreshed the episode list and it still hasn’t showed up. Thought you would want to know.


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