Audio Lecture Listing

 A Concept Approach to the Fundamental Human Movements, 38 minutes, $4.95

With this new material, strength coach Dan John discusses his current thinking on the fundamental human movements. Here he’s talking not about so much about drills and body parts, but about an overriding concept that covers ideas such as pushing, pulling, hinging and work capacity. 

“First and foremost, the body is one piece. You are not a collection of parts. If you get the stomach flu, you probably are not going to squat well that day. If you think a lift is an upper body lift, I’m going to poke a fork in your thigh and see if it really does affect it. You are one piece. You are one magnificent piece and that’s how you are. If you’re ill, it’s going to affect your training. If you broke up with your girlfriend, it’s going to affect your performance. You’re one piece.

“Number two comes to us in several parts, but it will make sense. There are three kinds of strength training— first, putting weight overhead; second, picking it up off the ground; and third, carrying it for time and distance. We put weights overhead. We pick weights up off the ground. We carry weights for a while and that’s a pretty good training program.

“The third point is that all training is complementary—not complimentary, but complementary. Complimentary would be, ‘You look very nice in your outfit today.’ Complementary is, if you’re training in sprinting in one part of your training program, you don’t have to train it somewhere else; that’s all you need. Working on something here carries over to there.” ~Dan John 

What Makes an Athlete Elite?, 47 minutes, $5.95

In Dan John’s decades-long coaching career, he’s worked with a lot of elite athletes. In this talk, he drills down to the five main characteristics that make an athlete elite. 

“The biggest mistake I see is people try to get strong too late. You want to get as strong as you can as early as you can in your yearly cycle, and then not worry about strength anymore. It should be something that’s in your pocket for the rest of the year.

“This is a point I was going to bring up later, but this is a perfect time for it. Let’s use the 2016 Olympics, the one that’s coming up as an example. In 2016 is when they put the pedal to the metal, but, if you talk to the elite throwers, the year they get as big, bulky and strong as an ox is in 2015. It’s the year before the Olympic year you want to get the biggest engine you can get.

“In late 2015 and 2016, you’re going to lift weights, but the idea is, the year before the big year is when you want to go for it. That’s the year when you want to build that engine as big as you can and give yourself another entire year to get used to all of that newfound strength and power. It sounds crazy to some, but it is extremely good advice.” ~Dan John 


In this talk, Dan John explains his thinking behind how he trains a middle-age client. What does a 50-year-old need or not need? What simple ideas can you put together for your aging clients? Dan gives you his sample programs, and tells you what to expect from these clients who can afford to pay you for your services, and will do it as long as you provide results.

“I think there are two keys to success. One is to show up. The other one is to keep going. Most people don’t keep going.” ~Dan John

CHALLENGES, 40 minutes, $4.95

Personal and group challenges are one way Dan John creates bus-bench programming for himself and his athletes or clients. In this talk, he describes the philosophy behind these challenges, and offers a few examples.

“You reach for the stars, but when you can’t keep reaching. You have to turn around and keep that base going. Challenges are the easiest way for both athletes and non-athletes to do this. Maybe you don’t want to look great in a bikini, but I strive to.” ~Dan John

In this lecture, Dan explains how to use his quadrants concept to combine diet and exercise programming. How do we balance hard dieting with hard training? Can it be done? For how long? You’ll have a clear plan at the end of this talk.

“There are “bus bench” workouts and “park bench” workouts. A bus bench and a park bench look exactly the same, but your expectations sitting in them are radically different.” ~Dan John

ELIMINATION IN LIFE, 40 minutes, $4.95

Some people were surprised to see Dan John writing about his experiences with intermittent fasting, since in his early writing he wrote of the importance of breakfast. In this talk, he lays out his new ideas, including the concepts of elimination and deprivation.

“Many people don’t seem to have a time of year when they plant the seeds for success later in the year. Of course, this always ends up meaning medium training all the time—something I think the body hates—so I decided to talk about a couple of things. But the biggest thing is this: Deprivation leads to increased capacities.” ~Dan John

GOAL SETTING LECTURE, 25 minutes, $3.95
Most of us, and probably all of your clients, don’t have any trouble jumping on board with a new plan. Where we usually go wrong is when the enthusiasm wears thin and we discover there was no goal behind the big jump. Here Dan explains how to build a goal you or your clients can see through to the end.

“To me, this is how goal setting works. You’ll notice there’s a story behind my goals, and that’s really an important part of the goal-setting process. When you talk with someone who says he wants to do x, y or z, for me the story is so important—the history, the background. You’re dealing with a person who showed up with a goal, and it helps to see where it’s coming from.” ~Dan John


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