The expression to be worth one's salt, which means you're competent and deserve what you're earning, has roots in ancient Rome, where soldiers were sometimes paid in salt or given an allowance to purchase...

By |2018-08-01T20:29:25-06:00August 1st, 2018|Diet, Ketogenic, Talk to Me Johnnie|7 Comments

What Numbers Don’t Tell

John, I will be attendi­ng and doing spring football workouts at UIW in San Antonio, Texas. I am a 22-year-old freshman with no guaranteed spot on the team as I am a hoping to walk on, but I have faith. I would like to play wide receiver or will at least try to be. My father was a talented running back in high school but got involved with the wrong crowd and went [...]

By |2016-10-26T12:43:54-06:00October 26th, 2016|Power Athlete, Talk to Me Johnnie|2 Comments


Dear Mr. Welbourn, I lack what you referred to in PA Radio 174 as a "mean streak". I'm not prone to violence and am soft spoken. In your years of experience, did you encounter football players who didn't typically have a mean streak, but found a way to channel aggression for sport? If so, what was their solution? If not, what would you recommend for someone like me try to "find" a mean [...]

By |2016-10-13T18:56:33-06:00October 16th, 2016|Talk to Me Johnnie|3 Comments

What CrossFit Football Taught Me

"CrossFit Football was a completely separate, different animal. Here was a CrossFit branded training program with a periodized strength template coupled with short, heavy, hard, and fast conditioning workouts mixed with sprints and change of direction...People fucking ate it up."

By |2016-10-02T14:58:10-06:00October 1st, 2016|Talk to Me Johnnie|162 Comments

FORM Lifting: Use The Force

When I first started training with weights, I was obsessed with the practice of moving a weight or object from point A to point B in as short a period of time as possible. The ability to move an object faster in the weight room translated to football field better than anything short of learning to anticipate the snap count - I defined this as power. Power as you know is found in [...]

By |2016-02-28T10:55:00-06:00February 28th, 2016|Lifting Weights, Talk to Me Johnnie, Training|3 Comments

8 Mile

As I worked with A-Rabbit every morning at 6 AM the goal was always the same. Prepare yourself so that when the situation arises you can throw the right pitch or throw a strike for the save. Even if that day never comes, at least you can look back and realize you did everything could to be ready when greatness came knocking...

By |2015-08-14T17:15:11-06:00August 14th, 2015|Talk to Me Johnnie|5 Comments

RDL vs Stiff Leg Deadlift

I teach HS weight training & often use the RDL in workouts. Our football strength coach, who works with many of the same kids after school, has them doing straight-legged deadlifts. He follows a more traditional bodybuilding type program (chest & back, shoulders, legs, bis & tris), so we tend to work against each other. A few weeks ago we had a “discussion” about the RDL vs. straight-legged deadlift, among other things...

By |2015-04-09T16:09:48-06:00April 9th, 2015|Lifting Weights, Talk to Me Johnnie|3 Comments

Mom & Raw Milk

I have an 18-year-old son who plays high school football. He does not expect that he will play college football since he is 5'9". He is however very broad and has a large frame. He would like to get stronger and more physical. He is interested in the diet you propose that consists of raw milk. I am uncomfortable with this recommendation...

By |2014-03-05T16:05:43-06:00March 5th, 2014|Diet, Talk to Me Johnnie|33 Comments


Hello John...First off let me thank you for the incredible resource you provide through CFFB. We introduced CFFB to our high school athletes for the first time last January (2011) and we are seeing extremely impressive results. Intensity is through the roof, strength increases are coming in droves (I wish we were introduced to linear progression many years ago!) and most importantly the kids love it. The linear progression provides them instant feedback everyday and the wods provide the competitive environment that is lacking during the football off-season...

By |2013-02-02T01:13:29-06:00March 13th, 2012|Lifting Weights, Talk to Me Johnnie, Training|6 Comments

Ave Caesar, morituri te salutant.

Ask 11 men wearing armor to impose their will on another group of 11 men wearing armor standing just across an imaginary line and see what happens. Now add 75,000 fans screaming and millions of dollars in salary and see where it gets us. Now breed an attitude of superiority in the men from the time their are kids and for good measure have them lift weights and train like it was a job from high school...

By |2013-06-03T20:24:23-06:00December 23rd, 2011|Aggressive, Football, Talk to Me Johnnie|16 Comments