| | | Power Athlete Radio – Episode 38

Author / Cali Hinzman

The crew FINALLY gets together to record the first show of 2014!  John, Cali, Tex, Luke, Denny, and Steve are all online and chatting about trying different programs vs. cafeteria CrossFit. We also address a concern in the Nation about Coaches who shouldn’t be Coaching.  Then find out what’s in store for 2014 on Power Athlete!

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Show Timeline

  • 0:00 Intro and Opening
  • 1:30 A new CFFB.com
  • 11:11 John Talks about Varios Programs
  • 12:00 When Does Testing Programs become “Cafeteria CrossFit”
  • 31:06 Pete Asks: What’s Your Stance on Coaches who Shouldn’t be Coaches?
  • 45:13 What other College Programs use the Power Athlete template?
  • 50:14 Announcements from PAHQ

Show Notes

Pete Pavlic asks…
Let me start off with a little background, I’m 27 and an untrained athlete. I joined the military in 2010 and started the path to become a Green Beret. During the training I was introduced to CrossFit but it never really stuck with me. February 2012 I started the CFFB programming and have been hooked ever since. I want to thank PAHQ for enlightening me on everything. The methodology and principles behind it are the best around and totally applicable to my “sport.” I noticed everyday at work when my time in the gym pays off. Whether it’s carrying my buddy or sprinting from point A to point B.

Onto the question. I’m sure you have read Mark Rippetoe’s article Crossfit the good, the bad, and the ugly.
In it he basically says a lot of the same thing that Power Athlete preaches. Anyway, I wanted to know Power Athlete’s stance on coaches that should not be coaches. Example, housewives that attend a level 1 cert and get a job at a crossfit gym teaching shitty movement. I have been noticing more and more the lack good coaches with experience actually coaching. So many people spend $1,000 and think they have the right to teach. I was just curious about your thoughts on this topic.

Thanks Pete.

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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. ABabb on January 13, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Are you saying “cafeteria crossfit” is a good thing? Because in your analogy with the Catholic Church John said he turned off by a priest criticizing “cafeteria catholics” and that having a logically consistent set of beliefs was “archaic” thinking. Is following a logically consistent training program not optimal? Or is picking and choosing different parts of various training programs just as good? I’m just confused because in your first analogy “cafeteria”= good, the second you seem to be saying “cafeteria”=bad. Which is it?

    • Luke on January 13, 2014 at 8:45 am

      ABabb, program hopping and inconsistency are not ideal. This is the “Cafeteria CrossFit” we are talking about. Its our contention that consistently following well thought out programming is the best way to drive an accelerates and specific adaptation.

  2. Jim G. on January 14, 2014 at 8:12 am

    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?

    • CALI on January 14, 2014 at 9:37 am

      What is your press? Also, do you have any video of you benching?

  3. Jim G. on January 16, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Press 150. I have old vids for benching, and they are horrible. I will get some for the close grip work from today. Thanks Cali.

  4. Ingo B on January 16, 2014 at 4:07 pm
  5. RobW on April 4, 2014 at 8:12 am

    It’s hard to say who should and should not be coaching. The bigger issue is who a consumer should and should not pay to coach them. Instead of trying to regulate the market. Educate the consumer. Which in fact, I think you guys do an excellent job of.

    I did the Amateur and then the Collegiate program from the old site for two years. I learned just as much as a coach as I did as an athlete.


    Rob Wilson

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