Strength-less in Seattle

Hello John, My office gym doesn't have a barbell. I have put in a request for new material but it has not been fulfilled. From my researching on the Internet, I know BB Squat is king, but in the meantime, can you help me with a temporary alternative? I have access to a single 70-pound dumbbell and a leg press. I don't care much for the leg press, but if I have to, [...]

By |2016-11-28T12:27:29-06:00November 28th, 2016|Talk to Me Johnnie, Training|0 Comments

Amortization Phase

This phase of movement refers to the bridge between the eccentric and concentric phases. The amortization phases uses the stretch shortening cycle (SSC) in production of power, as the length of amortization is a vital component in your ability to display your strength. If the amortization phase is slow, the energy stored during the eccentric phase dissipates, thereby reducing the effect and killing power...

By |2016-06-26T09:56:48-05:00June 26th, 2016|Talk to Me Johnnie, Training|3 Comments

FORM Lifting: Use The Force

When I first started training with weights, I was obsessed with the practice of moving a weight or object from point A to point B in as short a period of time as possible. The ability to move an object faster in the weight room translated to football field better than anything short of learning to anticipate the snap count - I defined this as power. Power as you know is found in [...]

By |2016-02-28T10:55:00-06:00February 28th, 2016|Lifting Weights, Talk to Me Johnnie, Training|3 Comments

Dear Mom

I am a mother of a 12-year old football player. He's in 6th grade and currently in training for his first tackle team for the spring season. He has been playing flag for the past 4-5 years; he used to partake in CrossFit and had some one-on-one training in lifting and running technique from our previous CrossFit and Olympic Lifting Coach in California...

By |2015-03-27T11:45:24-05:00March 27th, 2015|Power Athlete, Talk to Me Johnnie, Training|14 Comments

Bulking Protocol – Part 2

For the second installment of the Bulking Protocol, we are going to outline the "how much?" portion of the method. If you are reading this, there is a good chance you are interested in putting on size or at the very least understand how it can be done with good results. Many ask, how do I increase the number on the scale without a massive increase in my waistline?...

Bulking Protocol – Part 1

Thanks for emailing me. I was not being sarcastic about contacting me about how to put on size and muscle and more specifically my bulking protocol. The Power Athlete Bulking Protocol is easy to follow and has always resulted in a bigger, stronger, more muscular athletes. Where we have succeeded, and others failed, is consistency...

By |2013-09-06T05:11:39-05:00September 6th, 2013|Diet, Power Athlete, Talk to Me Johnnie, Training|30 Comments


You can take the best minds in the world when it comes to program design, the best equipment and the location and the still not the see the results of a single coach in a home garage gym with a barbell. Every program whether it be BFS, CrossFit Football’s Power Athlete, Westside, Wendler’s 5-3-1 or Starting Strength is only as good as the implementation by the coach or athlete and how well as the athlete’s dedication to the program...

By |2013-05-06T21:54:37-05:00February 25th, 2013|Power Athlete, Talk to Me Johnnie, Training|22 Comments

Sports Coach Radio Dot Com

John Welbourn is the big man behind CrossFit Football. A nine-year veteran of the NFL, he brings a multi-disciplinary approach to elite strength and conditioning. If you’re unfamiliar with the phenomenon that is CrossFit, you’ll learn all about it in this in-depth interview. Sports Coach Radio is hosted by Glenn Whitney, a sports and leadership psychologist...

By |2013-05-05T18:02:53-05:00February 19th, 2013|Diet, Lifting Weights, Talk to Me Johnnie, Training|0 Comments

Blood Work

He forwarded me you email, as this is my wheelhouse. I have been involved in laboratory testing of athletes and non-athletes since 1989 and have a data base of over 30,000 subjects. I make the following suggestions and share with you that you can get these tests ordered by any physician and performed at a variety of labs. However in almost every case I have reviewed, people mess things up. Either the physician orders the wrong tests or skips tests that are important and/or the client/patient does something to mess up the results. So first let’s standardize things...

By |2021-07-13T14:52:59-05:00September 25th, 2012|Supplements, Talk to Me Johnnie, Training|18 Comments
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