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The Dan John Podcast

Conversations on strength, health, fitness, life, coaching, and anything else that comes up.Dan John 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 has written 14 books and has been coaching for over 40 years. He is a wealth of knowledge and is happy to share it freely.

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EP 13 - Ideal Body Fat Percentages, Lean Made Simple, Blood Work, and More

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is a special holiday for me and I'm grateful for each and every one of you. I really enjoyed the questions this week. They ranged from the blood work I get, to losing fat while doing Mass Made Simple, to what kind of strength training to do while training for endurance. As always, thank you for submitting your questions.As always, thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnworkouts.comDan John Workouts

45mins

28 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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EP 17 - My Current Training, Website Updates, and Lots of Your Questions

I start this episode with a quick review of my upcoming training and review a big update Brian made on the site. After that, I answer questions about what you should do if your training is working, using your heart rate monitor during park bench workouts, the best rep structures, preparing for a big trail run, and lots more. This was a big episode with some interesting questions.As always, thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnworkouts.comDan John Workouts

58mins

26 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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EP 14 - "Bounce," "Rest a little," Get Ups, Making Weight, Mobility and Agility and More

This was a long one, but had a bunch of great questions. Thank you for sending them in! I introduce a topic I'm incorporating into my new workshops about resiliency and get into a wide range of questions about things like building mobility, balancing strength, hypertrophy, and endurance, why overhead presses are so good, and walking up to the bar for a competition lift. I had a lot of fun this week. I hope you enjoy.As always, thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnworkouts.comDan John Workouts

56mins

5 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Ep 3 - Training Injured, Sticking to the Plan, Hero's Callings, and More

In this episode, Dan answers your questions about sticking to the schedule when completing a training program, training around injuries, what it means to be a hero and how to find your calling, doing Bus Bench Programs when you are over 50, and training while injured. Dan also discusses his RKC Preparation recommendations and the accompanying program on www.danjohnworkouts.com. Finally, Dan walks us through his typical training week and daily routine.Thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnworkouts.comDan John Workouts

40mins

19 Sep 2019

Rank #4

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EP 35 - Single Leg Training, Deadlift Bar Height, My Favorite Exercise, and More

This episode took a little extra work on the backend, but we got it done! In this episode, I discuss the 10,000 Swing Challenge, my new Resource Workshop, lat activation, my experiences with my hip replacements, my primary assessment tool, the proper deadlift bar height, how coaches should transition to online training, my favorite exercise, my thoughts on single leg training, recovery, and my favorite non-fiction books. I hope you enjoy it!As always, thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnuniversity.comDan John University

49mins

2 Apr 2020

Rank #5

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EP 11 - History of Circuit Training, Scheduling Programs, Training While Fasting, and More

Well folks, I'm back in the United States and quickly recovering from the jet lag of a long flight. I answer a bunch of questions this week and discuss topics like the history of circuit training, scheduling workout programs, training while fasting, strength standards for normal living, the first strength program I ever did, how women in their mid 50s can lose weight, and even touch on forgiveness again. I had a lot of fun with this episode and I hope you enjoy it.As always, thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnworkouts.comDan John Workouts

42mins

14 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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EP 26 - Binary Thinking, 10,000 Swings for Lent, Farmer's Swings, Kettlebell Standards, and More

This was an especially fun episode because I give you a little preview of the upcoming course called The Art of Coaching at danjohnuniversity.com. This preview is on the topic of binary thinking. There's more to it than what I give you here, but it's a nice taste. As always, I get into your questions as well. This week, they include topics like starting training at 47, outside or farmer's swings, doing swings for lent, landmine pressing for new lifters, kettlebell standards, dealing with a 12 year old, and the current state of physical education in America. I hope you enjoy.As always, thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnuniversity.comDan John University

30mins

20 Feb 2020

Rank #7

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EP 39 - KB Easy Strength, Homemade Equipment, and Band Training

This episode is a little shorter than usual, but I wanted to put out two this week anyway. I cover your questions on KB Easy Strength, my favorite homemade equipment, how often you should do the 10,000 swing challenge, rep ranges for cross country skiers, training for baseball at home, and my thoughts on band training systems.As always, thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnuniversity.comDan John University

26mins

20 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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EP 18 - Coaching 101, Process Resolutions, Heavy Swings, Bench Press Arching, and More

As the new year comes along, I'm always reminded about resolutions and how much I prefer process goals to outcome goals. After discussing that and Coaching 101, I get into your questions. There are a bunch of good ones in this episode including questions about why I meditate, armor building with one kettlebell, light Olympic lifting with sport training, practicing changing intensities mid-activity, lifting with long arms, arching while benching, why I teach the overhead squat so early, and how heavy you should swing. I hope you enjoy it!As always, thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnworkouts.comDan John Workouts

55mins

2 Jan 2020

Rank #9

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EP 15 - Responding to Last Week's Controversy, Sprinting in Your 50s, and More

I had fun with this episode. I start it off with a response to the controversy I started last week about my comments on Turkish getups and then move on to some really great questions. They range from beginning sprint training in your 50s, race walking, tension control, weak hip flexors, and programming endurance work within a Park Bench program. Thank you all for sending in questions. They keep getting better and better!As always, thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnworkouts.comDan John Workouts

39mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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EP 8 - Mass Gain + Cardio, Training Children, and What Makes a Good Gym

This is a quick episode because I recorded it just before a big overseas. In this episode, I answer questions about training small children, what makes a good gym environment, how to get big and run fast at the same time, and incorporating conditioning with Easy Strength. The end is interrupted by a neighborhood emergency, so I touch on that as well.As always, thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnworkouts.comDan John Workouts

27mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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Ep 5 - Park Bench Generator Tour, Preparing for 10,000 Swings, Percentages to Increase Strength, and More

There is a ton of content in this episode. First, I go over how the Park Bench Generator on the website works. (It's one of the coolest things ever.) Then I answer your questions about the best percentage for increasing strength, how to prepare for the 10,000 swing challenge, how heavy is too heavy for loaded carries and swings, and training the hinge with an injured back. I had a lot of fun making this episode and I hope you enjoy it.Thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnworkouts.comDan John Workouts

35mins

3 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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EP 40 - Meal Timing, Lifting Standards, and A Lot More

There were a bunch of questions this week. I get right to it and it still took me over an hour to get to them all. They range from meal timing, adding 15 pounds to your deadlift, my faith tradition, jumping from program to program, and a lot more. I hope you enjoy it.---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnuniversity.comDan John University

1hr 11mins

23 Apr 2020

Rank #13

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EP 38 - Old Time Strongmen, Loaded Carries, and More

In this episode, I cover topics on old time strongmen, what makes loaded carries effective, how I teach tumbling, whether you need weightlifting shoes or not, and a program that only increases weight on the bar but switches exercises.As always, thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnuniversity.comDan John University

26mins

16 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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EP 25 - Training Explosiveness, Training Post Pregnancy, The Art of Coaching, and More

This was a fun episode with lots of Daniels and Davids asking questions, which makes me extra happy. I start the episode with a teaser about The Art of Coaching course I'm putting together for the site and then get into your questions. This week they cover what I was like as a coach at 38, lessons from fictional movies and books, recommendations for CrossFitters, increasing quickness and explosiveness, training explosiveness without the Olympic lifts, measured rest periods on the Southwood program, full vs. power Olympic lifts, training post pregnancy, what I mean by hypertrophy, and getting back to taekwondo after a total hip replacement.As always, thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnuniversity.comDan John University

43mins

13 Feb 2020

Rank #15

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Ep 6 - Nutrition Recommendations, Training for Half Marathon Without Running, Supplements, and Accumulation-Intensification-Transformation

I start this episode off with breaking down nutrition recommendations in as simple of a format as I can. Then I get into your questions and touch on topics like supplements, training for half marathons when you can't run, adjusting weights in the Mass Made Simple Program, how to integrate armor building into your program, and loads more. I hope you enjoy.As always, thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnworkouts.comDan John Workouts

33mins

10 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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EP 16 - The Value of Smoking, Deadlifts with MMS, Carries on One Lift a Day, and More

I gave a talk last week and had a good question about smoking that got me thinking about the value of smoking. Don't worry, I still don't want you smoking for any reason, but it was an interesting thought process. I also answer your questions about adding carries to the one lift a day program, adding deadlifts to Mass Made Simple, preparing for master's softball league, and even dive into some parental advice. I hope you enjoy.As always, thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnworkouts.comDan John Workouts

37mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #17

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EP 7 - Goal Setting, Hip Replacements, Runners, Time Management, and Tension

Lots of great questions in this episode. I cover how I started training again after my hip replacements. I also answer lots of questions about strength training and running, time management, and teaching tension to beginners. I also start the episode with a discussion on goal setting. I hope you enjoy.As always, thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnworkouts.comDan John Workouts

38mins

17 Oct 2019

Rank #18

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EP 10 - Squat Depth, Neck Training, Coaching Cues, and More

My last podcast on the road for a while! I'm heading back to the US this week, but I wanted to get another episode in to answer questions on neck training, losing muscle during the fast mimicking diet, finding the motivation to train after an injury, optimal overhead squat depth, and lots more. There were a bunch of questions this week and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.As always, thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnworkouts.comDan John Workouts

39mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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EP 22 - Plateaus, Training Barefoot, Developing Speed, and More

These questions just keep pouring in, so we're going to be doing more frequent, shorter episodes for a while and see what you all think. In this episode, I cover questions about developing speed, training barefoot, what to do when you're under-weight, if the overhead squat is valuable after shoulder surgery, how to break through plateaus, and how to improve the deadlift with Easy Strength. I hope you enjoy.As always, thanks for listening!---Have a question? Send it to podcast@danjohnworkouts.comDan John Workouts

29mins

30 Jan 2020

Rank #20