Dec 16, 2020
Dan John has coached for more
than 30 years. He's helped hundreds of athletes pack on
double-digit pounds of rock-solid muscle. As an athlete, John broke
the American record in the Weight Pentathlon. He is the author of
several books, including Intervention.
How has Dan’s 2020 been? (0:57)
does believe in the COVID virus. He says he is one of the few
people who trust science lately. His whole career has always been a
dance between technology and theology.
the other day, Dan was at a cafe, and a young 30 something-year-old
white American couple were refusing to wear masks and giving the
waitress trying to reinforce the state of Utah’s law a tough time
because of it.
believes the problem lies with ignorance. Which is to ignore, and
many people are choosing to ignore common decency to take care of
the elderly. Dan himself is 63 with a history of a severe lung
disease called pleurisy.
finds it increasingly frustrating that he knows so many people
taken by the virus, and yet it is still so hard to get people to
wear their masks. Dan says it goes back to Dicken’s A Christmas
Carol where you know the girl has wanted and the boy has ignorance
and Dicken tells us that we were both but mostly the boy, which is
the most disappointing thing about 202 to Dan.
has had an online presence since 1998. His new project Brian Walton
has a thing called Workout Generator. You do not need any plug-in
equipment; you don’t even need equipment. It will spring out
workouts for you based on what you need and have
has been able to finish writing a book this year, and he is working
on Powell’s set sleeves and redoing EZ Strenght. They are deep in
the project currently. He says it has been a good year, but he
feels that they could do better.
What is Dan’s routine? (5:36)
- Monday through to Friday, at 9:30, he opens his
garage, which is his gym, and people from all around the world will
come and workout with Dan. When Dan was getting ready for the
Olympic lifting meet three days a week, he would snatch overhead
- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are whole-body
workouts, so push, pull, hinge, squat, and some loaded cores.
Tuesdays are ‘buns and guns’ where they do hip thrusts, many
deadlifts and arm workouts, etc.
- Thursday is for doing Tim Anderson’s original
strength workout. That is more or less the big picture of Dan’s
Monday to Friday. He does not generally work out on the weekends
because it is how life has worked out for him.
- Almost every day, Mike leads them through the
training. They have suspension trainers, and they use their body
weight to stretch and move things around. They do original strength
almost every single day.
try to do good workouts. Many days Dan will strap on ankle weights
of 5 pounds each and grab 3-pound dumbbells before going for a run
of a few miles. The work of Leonard Shorts works Back in from the
’80s. Dan believes heavy hands are the gentlest, which means if you
put weights in your hands while you walk or run, you pump them
legs counter his hands during these exercises, and he pumps
slightly higher than his shoulders. It gets his heart rate where it
needs to be in his target zone, and if he does it correctly, they
can have a fantastic conversation.
How does Dan track his heart rate? (8:49)
bought the Phil Maffetone heart rate tracker. It is the one that
connects to the IRS, and it gives you GPS tracking. He has been
using it every three or so weeks and, during his testing of the
product, has found that he is quite happy with
- Whenever Dan feels like testing his heart rate
or feels strange, he likes monitoring his heart rate to ensure it
stays in his targeted zone. Dan always has a target zone where he
can still talk, but his breathing is stable and within his target
also utilizes a chest strap. The strap is excellent, but you have
to keep looking down at it. You have to open your phone while you
are swinging weights, and it becomes a bit of a
most lesson centers, Dan believes in the talk test. Say, for
instance, you are walking with your 89-year-old grandma, and you’re
walking with her, and suddenly she gets quiet. You might feel fine,
but you have blown off her walking talk.
- Another point that Dan uses it for is, for
example, when he does the 0.2-mile loop around his block 15 times,
all he has to do is what is called the MAF test, which is the max
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