Building good habits, principles and strength ft. Dan John

Episode 111Brute Strength


With more than 30 years in both the teaching and coaching fields, Dan John has established his name as one of the most renown fitness experts. Beginning his lifting career in 1965 and transitioning to a coaching role in 1979 we hear from Dan how it is that he has created these time eluding principles that he both implemented in his own time as an athlete and to coaching others as well. We dive into topics such as the importance of becoming a slave to good habits, creating a process for success, building and protecting confidence, as well as his implementation of shark bites in his daily life. As always it was a pleasure to speak to Dan John, there are many pearls of wisdom in this episode that will not only be applicable to your training life but also to your everyday life. Enjoy the show.

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Topics of discussion:

[0:17] Dan’s Education and Principles

[2:45] Being a warrior

[6:43] Timeless Resources

[11:15] Becoming a slave to good habits

[16:30] Having a lifestyle not a program

[20:40] Creating a process for success

[22:23] Sports psychology experience

[25:25] Learning from failure

[29:26] The John Family mottos

[33:20] Building and protecting confidence

[38:40] Experience and its benefits

[43:18] Rapid Fire Questions


Dan John’s Wandering Weights


The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Great Books by David Denby