Keeping It Up For A Long Time

John, Loving these workouts, John! I'm a washed up former rugby player (played throughout college and semi pro afterwards before quitting due to injury). These workouts are awesome for making me hit stuff I usually wouldn't while adding the fun foundation and bodybuilding work. We have an infant son and these workouts are going to make it possible for me to play with and eventually coach him as he and I get older. [...]

By |2020-05-22T11:20:01-05:00May 22nd, 2020|Talk to Me Johnnie|0 Comments

How To Build 20 Inch Arms in 5 Weeks

In a perfect world, the easiest way to get 20” arms is to start with 19” arms and get a decent pump. But for most average gym goers this isn't a realistic starting point. Most well-trained men are in the 16-17” arm category which means we have our work cut out for us. If you are new to strength training, this might not be ideal for you today, but in the near future [...]

By |2020-05-22T11:22:49-05:00May 16th, 2020|Talk to Me Johnnie|1 Comment

Apocalypse Preparation 2020

Hollywood has long had a romance with stories about viruses, zombies, the end of civilization, and viruses that create zombies who end civilizations. The Omega Man/I Am Legend, World War Z, every Mission Impossible, Resident Evil, Night of the Living Dead, 28 Weeks Later, Dawn of the Dead coupled with TV shows like the Walking Dead, Z Nation, In The Flesh - there is an endless stream. But what if this were to actually happen?  How would I survive, you ask?...

By |2020-05-14T11:38:20-05:00April 27th, 2020|Talk to Me Johnnie|0 Comments

2020 Updated Reading List

When I started Talk To Me Johnnie a decade ago, I included a required reading list based on my current situation. At that point in history, I was still crafting the foundations of Power Athlete, so I was reading about training and human performance, and of course, the River Cottage Meat book. Since then, a lot has changed...

By |2020-03-27T17:58:03-05:00March 27th, 2020|Talk to Me Johnnie|9 Comments

Hammer Curls

John, I have followed Power Athlete’s training for years and made tremendous gains. One question, why do you favor hammer curls in programs? Lots of love, Jacked Street Resident Since I was 14 years old, my full time job was pushing people around on the football field in a tight fitting jersey. Back then, they didn’t tailor the jerseys like in the NFL, so the only way the sleeves were going to be [...]

By |2019-02-16T09:11:41-06:00February 16th, 2019|Talk to Me Johnnie|1 Comment

Looking for Guidance

John, I am looking for some guidance for my wife. She just completed Sorinex’s "Squatober" and "Deadcember" via Pen and Paper Strength App. She loved the programming and has been trying to find a program that was similar. Her biggest problem is the only place she can do these kinds of workouts is a local CrossFit box. But they require her to complete their class WOD before she bangs weights. Do you have [...]

By |2019-01-22T12:29:23-06:00January 19th, 2019|Talk to Me Johnnie|1 Comment

ABWB

As each New Year approaches, I always get asked if I am planning a year in review post. While that exercise is always valuable for me and the company, not every year deserves its own public recap. In years past the message has been humorous laced with a heavy dose sarcasm. That said, this year has been very different. Let’s take a cue from the ghost of Christmas past, turn the page backwards, [...]

By |2019-01-01T10:27:28-06:00January 1st, 2019|Talk to Me Johnnie|10 Comments

Salty

The expression to be worth one's salt, which means you're competent and deserve what you're earning, has roots in ancient Rome, where soldiers were sometimes paid in salt or given an allowance to purchase...

By |2018-08-01T20:29:25-05:00August 1st, 2018|Diet, Ketogenic, Talk to Me Johnnie|7 Comments

Herpes on a First Date

Hello John, Just found your presentation on YouTube, very interesting. I am a strength equipment design engineer. I invented the 1st weight stack machine allowing for anytime weight change, without touching the pin or stopping the exercise. I have a few patents and a number of advanced strength machine concepts that go beyond what is on the conventional market;  I am a big fan of the philosophy "if you want become more functional [...]

By |2018-05-18T06:57:13-05:00May 18th, 2018|Lifting Weights, Power Athlete, Talk to Me Johnnie, WTF?|7 Comments

Y’all

Hey, I was wondering if y’all keep records of who has taken the CrossFit Football certification course. If you do, I was wondering if y’all would be able to send me a copy of my certificate. Please let me know if there is anything you need from me. Thank you! Collin Poole Collin, What a great question, so much so I thought I would answer it for... well, y’all. I live in Texas [...]

By |2018-01-02T11:02:33-06:00January 2nd, 2018|Talk to Me Johnnie|4 Comments
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