An Informal Interview With Dan John

Dan John is one of the most respected strength coaches in the world!
Dan has spent his life with one foot in the world of lifting and throwing, and the other foot in academia. An All-American discus thrower, Dan has also competed at the highest levels of Olympic lifting, Highland Games and the Weight Pentathlon, an event in which he holds the American record!
Dan spends his work life blending sold out workshops all over the world with full-time writing, and is also an online religious studies instructor for Columbia College of Missouri.
In this great interview you will hear first-hand the relaxed, yet concise and to the point style that makes Dan such a great teacher weather in the gym or the classroom.
Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • The interview that took two years
  • One challenge in online teaching
  • Athletic scholar
  • Two masters degrees
  • Some great free advice he gave a financial advisor
  • It all ties together
  • Purina Monkey Chow for fat loss
  • His first coaching job
  • Donating your time to become a better strength coach
  • “it depends”
  • Habit based training
  • 300 minutes of hands on makes an expert???
  • Dan’s frustration with the industry
  • Easy strength
  • Will it work for me?
  • Even easier strength
  • Twelve weeks to a stronger and fitter you
  • The Turkish Get -Up
  • 90% of North American males have shoulder issues
  • Not all old time exercises are worth bringing back
  • There’s always a story
  • How Dan prepped for his RKC in 2008
  • The importance of goals
  • A to B goals, not just A to Z goals
  • Long term investments pay big dividends
  • Little and often for the long haul
  • The "intentional community"
  • Stay away from “a room full of mirrors”
  • Meeting Pavel
  • Just too busy
  • New book projects
  • Training “Edna” vs training a high school athlete
  • Tiny changes for big improvements
  • Everything works
  • Movement Lectures
  • Laree Draper
  • "Make a difference"

This “interview” turned into much more of an informal conversation with hesitations when we both had to gather our thoughts as well as Dan’s dog wandering in and out of the room in the background. I could have edited and cleaned it up a bit but after listening I decided that leaving all the little “imperfections” just made it sound even better. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And for those of you who didn’t get your questions answered, don’t worry Dan gave me his word he would come back for another conversation in the near future. Click here to listen.


Great Article!

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