On today’s episode, I am especially proud to welcome back Dan John. Dan and I discuss training the post youth athlete, saggy butts, and he shares with us his goals in life and fitness.
I start the show by asking Dan what keeps him motivated in the gym, his answer was to be able to dance with his granddaughter at her wedding. This was a great segue into our topic for the day, Training the Post-Youth Athlete.
“The biggest mistake in life is to wait for the right moment”
AS we define an elite athlete, what it takes, and the timetable that they work within we discover everyone else who makes a choice to participate in sport and fitness is the Post-Youth Athlete. Dan also draws the important line between Health, Fitness, and Performance.
I asked Dan what advice he has for people who want to improve their health, fitness, and performance by getting stronger but are still not convinced or are scared to strength train. He suggestion is to spend some time reading the works of Vladimir Janda .
As we age our glutes, delts, abs, and triceps get WEAKER. “If you work your butt and you press, good things happen.” These are the muscles of youth the stronger, and bigger they are the younger you are. Dan defines age as the loss of lean body mass.
We then discuss goals and an important point coaches need to make clear with their athletes. Its not what you want, your goals should include what you need. To better categorize people needs Dan developed The Quadrants. This is not to discourage people from the goals they have, but as coaches it’s our job to make sure we address their needs first, while we work towards their wants.
I have had the privilege of interviewing some extremely strong people on The HammerShed Podcast, and we always preach the importance of strength on this show. I asked Dan what he thought were some good standards of strength everyone should strive for.
* Stand on one leg for 10 seconds.
* Hang from a bar for 30 sec.
* Standing long jump your height
* Farmer’s walk while holding your body weight
* Maintain a score of 8 in the Brazilian get back up test
* Be able to goblet squat down for 30 seconds and stand back up
We point out that not all these standards are easy for everyone, but they are important. If you can’t do one of these it needs to be prioritized in your programing. It might not happen overnight but with smart programing and a focus on getting better you can achieve these. Dan says “People over exaggerate what they can do in a day, and completely under-mark what can be done in a year.” You don’t give a 5 year old Shakespeare and expect them to be able to read it first try, so why do we expect ourselves to accomplish our fitness goals overnight. It takes time, practice, and consistency.
Get to Know Dan John:
Fitness Goals: No longer be a three, get his waistline half his height and compete in the discus again.
Favorite Music: Bossanova music, The Who, and Earth Wind and Fire.
Favorite Exercise: KettleBell Swing, Squat, Snatch
To find more from Dan John go to www.DanJohn.net
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