| | | | Power Athlete Radio – Episode 96 Dan John

Author / Cali Hinzman

“My job is to wave the smoke out of the way and find the fire.”

If you don’t have enough reasons to love Dan John, that quote should do it.

This week we welcome former world class thrower, author, coach and Power Athlete, Dan John.

What can I say, this episode is packed with words of wisdom from this part time religious studies teacher, part time coach, and full time badass.  We start by talking about how track and field has changed over the years and why genetics and geography play the biggest roles in succeeding in sport.

Dan also talks about why coaching and obtaining experience is “like a bow and arrow.  You can pull back and pull back but eventually, you have to let it go”.

Hear why he prefers to assess athletes using the farmer carry and why he feels the broad jump is a better test of power displacement as compared to the vertical jump. Also – which of his mediocre athletes are in danger of hearing those gut wrenching words “Maybe god doesn’t want you to lift weights.”

What are Dan’s thoughts about writing for the controversial and highly hormonal training resource Testosterone Nation?  To find out you’ll have to listen to even more controversial resource.  If Power Athlete Radio were an exercise it’d be a high rep skull crusher.  Here is Episode 96 with Dan John.

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Show Notes

A big thanks to Dan for imparting all of his wisdom and experience.  If you want to learn more about Dan John, you can visit his website and of course, T-Nation.

Next week we talk with Brent Brookbush of the Brookbush Institute of Human Movement Science Education.  I may rib Brent a bit on the name, referring to it as the “I Love Myself.com” of physio sites, but rest assured, this guy knows the body.  His website has been a great educational resource for coaches and athletes seeking a deeper understanding of human movement and mechanics.   Stay tuned to Episode 97 for our conversation.

Until then, thanks for listening.

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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. Denny K on February 27, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    This was a great episode!

  2. TRuss on February 28, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Just seeing this. Haven’t gotten to listen. Can’t wait. Wendler and now Dan John, not to mention Wolf, Dr. Squat and tons of others. Truly awesome.

  3. Ingo B on March 2, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    66:25 – exactly what I’ve been saying about using a tire instead of a slam ball.

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