2016 National Conference

Dan John

Strength & Conditioning Consultant

Presentation Summary:

There is no secret to "getting stronger." Like "Buy low, sell high," we all know how to get people stronger in the weight room: lift weights. As you collect your breath, don't ignore this simple insight. Like getting more flexible, Stretch!, getting stronger is fairly basic.

And, that is the problem. What I offer won't sell memberships. "Easy Strength" is too EASY to believe. But, it works. If you need to get stronger, and honestly who doesn't, why not do it the swiftest, most efficient way? Why not use the tools from our tradition and get your athletes stronger?


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. 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 2014.

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.