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

Vision & Culture

How do you foster and encourage a competitive spirit in a place where most dudes would rather stand around in the mirror admiring how awesome they are? I would love to have some awesome competitions with lots of folks really pushing to be the best. I would also love to see more dudes in our place practicing more fundamental, functional training, but you can't have everything. Our squat racks only get used by about 8% of our membership...

By |2013-03-06T18:25:42-06:00December 26th, 2012|Mental, Talk to Me Johnnie, WTF?|23 Comments


My question is semi complicated, and think it’s just could be from overtraining. In the past few weeks, I have been training MMA daily, while supplementing rugby into the training. This makes my days of physical activity quite taxing. I try to stick to the nutrition guidelines you have given us, and for the most part I have been able to keep up. In the past two weeks though I really started to feel drained and tired. Two days ago while at rugby practice the coaches pulled me aside and asked me if there were any issues going on...

By |2013-02-02T00:50:25-06:00April 12th, 2012|Talk to Me Johnnie, Training, WTF?|3 Comments

Circus Hands

Keep training. You are on the right track, your friends are the ones who are fucked up. Most raw lifters should be able to deadlift more than they squat. Once you approach your limit on the strength curve, you start to see squat numbers matching the deadlift. But this won't happen until you are so far advanced you won't give a shit about this site...If I come across a raw lifter whose squat is equal or more than his deadlift, I assume he does not pull heavy in training. Or he has very small hands and is best suited to join the circus...

By |2013-02-03T04:20:23-06:00October 13th, 2011|Lifting Weights, Talk to Me Johnnie, WTF?|19 Comments

NFL Training Secrets

Phil Simms was the number seven overall selection in the 1979 NFL Draft. He played his entire professional career with the NY Giants and was MVP of Super Bowl XXI. He finished his career with 33,462 passing yards and is now a broadcaster for CBS. Many of you know Phil for his Sunday job broadcasting the NFL, or being the "go to" QB on Tecmo Bowl. I choose, however, to remember Phil for his greatest work: "Phil Simms NFL Workout."...

By |2013-06-03T21:34:03-05:00May 22nd, 2011|Talk to Me Johnnie, Training, WTF?|16 Comments

Jorts? Yes or No?

Dear John, I have been following CFFB religiously and following all your advice on what it will take for me to get to the next level. From your earlier posts regarding programming, nutrition, sleep, etc., it’s clear that I need to be prepared in all phases of my life, both in the gym and outside it...

By |2013-02-03T19:09:09-06:00April 30th, 2011|Talk to Me Johnnie, WTF?|20 Comments


I am not sure how many of your read the NY Times or are fans of Gary Taubes, author of Good Calories, Bad Calories, but recently Taubes did a review of Robert Lustig’s lecture on sugar, called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth.” The 90-minute lecture discusses the effects of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and epidemic of obesity plaguing us today...

By |2013-06-03T22:17:10-05:00April 18th, 2011|Aggressive, Diet, Talk to Me Johnnie, WTF?|19 Comments

Opulence, I has it

This commercial has all the elements of humor, a Russian billionaire and a tiny giraffe. Actually, I am not sure why this has gone viral, but every time I see him kiss the mini giraffe, I can't stop laughing. Really...everyone just wants opulence...

By |2013-06-03T22:18:27-05:00April 15th, 2011|Talk to Me Johnnie, WTF?|4 Comments
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