EP. 069

Dan Jon: The Aging Athlete

Dan John has spent his life with one foot in the world of lifting and throwing, and the other foot in academia. An All-American discus thrower, Dan has also competed at the highest levels of Olympic lifting, Highland Games and the Weight Pentathlon, an event in which he holds the American record.

Dan spends his work life blending weekly workshops and lectures with full-time writing, and is also an online religious studies instructor for Columbia College of Missouri. As a Fulbright Scholar, he toured the Middle East exploring the foundations of religious education systems. Dan is also a Senior Lecturer for St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London.

His books, on weightlifting, include Intervention, Never Let Go, Mass Made Simple and Easy Strength, written with Pavel Tsatsouline as well as From Dad, To Grad. He and Josh Hillis co-authored “Fat Loss Happens on Monday.”

In 2015, Dan wrote Can You Go? on his approach to assessments and basic training. In addition, Before We Go, another compilation akin to Never Let Go became an Amazon Bestseller.

In early 2017, Dan’s book, Now what?, his approach to Performance and dealing with “life,” became a Bestseller on Amazon. Hardstyle Kettlebell Challenge became available in September 2017, too.


Show Notes:

Website: danjohn.net 

Facebook: Daniel John

Instagram: coachdanjohn

Books Mentioned:

40 Year’s with a Whistle

Science and Practice of Strength Training

A System of Multi-Year Training in Weightlifting

Physiology Of Strength

Progressive Resistance Exercise

Made to Stick


Make it Stick

Never Let Go

Relax into Stretch

People and Resources mentioned:

St. Mary’s University

Mike Boyle

Valter Longo

Pat Davidson

Robb Wolf

Tony Robbins

Bill Hartman

James Fitzgerald 

Charlie Francis

Dick Notmeyer

Greg Rutherford

Dan Pfaff

Lyle McDonald



Satchin Panda

Tim Anderson

Andreo Spina

Gray Cook

Pavel Tsatsouline


0:00 – 1:56 – Robbie intro’s the show and asks Dan what’s new with him?

1:57 – 20:05 Robbie asks Dan to share his thoughts on training the aging athlete

20:06 – 39:09 – Robbie asks Dan about training intensity, volume and recovery with the aging athlete

39:10 – 44:58 – Robbie asks Dan about nutrition for the aging athletes

44:59 – 1:07:34 – Robbie asks Dan about his standard macronutrient breakdown of his meals

1:07:35 – 1:15:02 – Robbie asks Dan about mobility and the aging athlete

1:15:03 – 1:18:55 – Robbie asks Dan about stress management for the aging athlete

1:18:56 – 1:19:37 – Robbie wraps up the show!