Podcast Ep 78: Dan John, Strength Coach & Author – Hosted by Phil White

Our guest this week is Dan John. Dan has been a strength coach for over 40-years and was an All-American Discus Thrower. Dan has also competed at the highest level of Olympic Lifting, Highland Games, and Weight Pentathlon, in which he holds an American record. Dan is also the author of more than 10 books – the latest of which is titled Attempts – Essays on Fitness, Health, Longevity and Easy Strength.

Our host this week is Phil White, an Emmy-nominated author and frequent contributor to the Momentous Blog. Phil has co-authored a number of bestselling books like The 17 Hour Fastwith Dr. Frank Merritt, Waterman 2.0 with Dr. Kelly Starrett, and Unplugged with Andy Galpin & Brian Mackenzie.

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Show Notes:

2:00 – Definition of Fitness. “Fitness is if you are fit for the task and that’s a hard lesson to learn.”

12:30 – Consistency. “What if I made you a really good diet and training program and you made progress on it for 4-6 weeks? Guess what you would do as a typical human? You would stop doing it. The phrase I always use is, ‘It works so well you stop doing it.’”

22:00 – Learning Lessons. “The mission should be to keep the same mission. It is overwhelmingly the most common issue I see in organizations – the organization forgets what it’s trying to do.”

32:00 – Being a Professor & a Coach. “Somebody introduced me one time at a workshop as, ‘probably the only person in the world who is a professor of Religious Studies and a professor of Weight Training.’ And if there is another person in the world, then we should start an organization.”

40:00 – Yin & Yang. “Living a yin yang life is literally all about moderation and balance but we don’t appreciate it because it’s ours. Right out of my window is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. I only notice it because we had a guy come into the gym today from North Carolina and he kept talking about the mountains. And everyone who’s from Utah was like, ‘Oh yeah.’”

56:00 – Writing a Book. “You have to celebrate those small successes.”

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