The Godfather of Strength & Conditioning Dan John

I’m a big fan of keeping things simple, of not over-complicating things.  I like to take complex concepts and study them and break them down into easy-to-understand chunks.  I remember a professor in college once telling me that if I couldn’t explain a concept to a child, that I didn’t fully understand that concept myself.  And this love for simplicity has served me well as I dive into the world of exercise and nutrition.  While nutritional science and human kinesiology can be vastly convoluted, what you should eat and how you should move isn’t – or at least it shouldn’t be.  But that’s not the message we hear.  We’re constantly bombarded with overly complicated messages on what we should eat, or what exercise program is ideal for fat loss, primarily by people trying to sell us something and preying on our instant gratification desires by promising fabulous results in an unrealistic time frame. 

My guest today is Dan John, and he’s basically the godfather of strength and conditioning and is a refreshing voice in today’s tangled world of fitness and diet fads.  Buckle up, we’re in for a fun ride as we explore how old-school concepts can – and should – be applied to today’s fast-paced culture.

Dan is a 63 year old author, speaker, coach, and strength athlete with 40 plus years of strength and conditioning experience and expertise.  In this episode Dan shares his own fitness journey as well as his thoughts on exactly how to get – and stay – strong.  He outlines high level life strategies as well as practical advice on aging well. 

Connect with Dan:

Podcast –

Instagram @coachdanjohn

Email questions to

YouTube Channel –

Books (best bet is to search these on eBay):

Sears Fitness for the Whole Family by Ted Williams

Bodybuilding & Self-Defense by Myles Callum

Easy Strength by Dan John & Pavel

Parkinson’s Law by C. Northcote Parkinson

Eat and Grow Thin by Vance Thompson

We mentioned the following resources in this episode:

T Nation Interview –  12/2/04

3 Minute Squat test You Tube –

Easy Strength for Fat Loss YouTube –

Dan’s Books –

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