Dan John has spent more than 30 years as a teacher, writer, and coach and is considered a legend in the world of sports performance. In addition to coaching and writing, he is an online religious studies instructor for Columbia College of Missouri. He is Senior Lecturer for St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. Dan was a Fulbright Scholar in 1985. He has taught theology, history, economics, and weight training in the classroom and has coached track and field and football. He has also written multiple top-selling books on sports performance and weightlifting, including two Amazon best sellers.
Originally from South San Francisco, Dan threw the discus for Utah State University. In his accomplished athletic career, he has won the Master Pleasanton Highland Games twice, the American Masters Discus Championships several times, and the National Masters Weightlifting Championship once, and he holds the American record in the Weight Pentathlon.
Coach John talks about how to simplify a program and cut out the unnecessary aspects. He describes the “Easy Strength” philosophy and how to take it into track coaching events, the history and effectiveness of loaded carries, high-rep strength training, and the effect of coaching in the digital age.
In this podcast, Coach Dan John and Joel discuss:
- How to program effectively but simplistically.
- The aspects of many programs that coaches could do away with.
- Foundational movements for strength development.
- Training without “bells and whistles” and his thoughts on the topic.
- Areas where lessons learned are universal (the Four F’s).
- The philosophies of “Easy Strength” and how to use them to make a program more effective.
Podcast total run time is 1:18:45.
Dan can be found at his website.
Keywords: throws, loaded carries, strength development, strength training