John Welbourn is the creator and operator of Power Athlete.
John Welbourn is a 9-year veteran of the National Football League, CEO of Power Athlete and creator of Johnnie WOD & the now defunct CrossFit Football. He grew up in Southern California and graduate from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft. Then went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played for the New England Patriots until a pre-season injury ended his season.
Over the course of his career, John started over 100 games in addition to 10 play-off appearances. While playing football at Berkeley, John was a four-year letterman football. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric in 1998.
In 2008 while still an active NFL player, John competed in the CrossFit Games before heading to training camp with the New England Patriots. In 2009, John established CrossFit Football as the only approved CrossFit sport specific training system and seminar for the CrossFit community. The CrossFit Football global seminar took coaches and athletes through the training and demands athletes will need for the field success.
Since retiring from the NFL in 2009, John has consulted and trained athletes in MLB, NHL, NFL, CrossFit and the Olympics. He has also worked in the same capacity for Naval Special Warfare, teaching performance and training for Navy SEALs and the US Army. He works as a consultant for fitness tech companies like Train Heroic and PowerDot helping them to develop best practices for performance based athletes. John travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition and as an expert on food for performance
In 2010, John launched Power Athlete, a resource for power and strength athletes looking for access to world-class coaches and cutting edge training practices in strength and speed. Through Power Athlete, John has an opportunity to work with 1000’s of athletes worldwide ranging from people working in their garage to Olympic athletes.
In 2016, the CrossFit Football seminar was rebranded into a more sport specific offering called CrossFit Speciality Seminar: Sport Specific Application. And the CrossFit Football program was assimilated into Power Athlete's Field Strong and Grindstone. The CrossFit Football strength and fitness program the world came to rely on morphed into Johnnie WOD, to keep the heavy, hard, fast mantra made famous by CrossFit Football alive.
In 2017, Power Athlete moved to Austin, Texas to have greater reach and influence in the world of performance. That same year, John ended his relationship with CrossFit in as their paths had diverged too far to have a common discussion on training and how to continue driving positive adaptation.
John can be found at @johnwelbourn.