Our guest today is 丹·约翰who is a strength coach, track coach, master\u2019s track athlete, best-selling author, and all around sage of wisdom 上 all-things strength training for athletics and life itself. Dan\u2019s work has been profoundly impactful 上 my coaching, and training practice.\u00a0 The older and more experienced I get as a coach, the more I find his reduction to the essentials, as well as global thinking, extremely valuable.\u00a0 Dan appeared 上 podcast episode #96 with 上 e of my favorite conversations since the start of this podcast series. If you\u2019ve been around elite coaches and athletes for long enough, you start to realize trends that go beyond the sets, reps and training prescriptions that work their way into the results that are being achieved in competition.\u00a0 Elite athletes are strong enough for their sport, as well as being (hopefully) adequate in general physical measures, but they also tend to have elite levels of relaxation and tension management.\u00a0 Many times, the best competitors carry a different outlook 上 competition itself. For today\u2019s show, Dan covers ideas 上 the art of \u201cletting go\u201d and achieving better performance through superior relaxation and tension management.\u00a0 He also gets into some of the creative coaching practices he utilized for his throwers, such as playing unique games, \u201crange\u201d throwing, constraint based turns in the circle, and super-setting kettlebell work with throwing.\u00a0 Finally, other important elements, such as the importance of being \u201cdeprived\u201d of a good training environment, and elastic athletic performance are addressed in this conversation with a strength and track legend. Today\u2019s episode is brought to you by SimpliFaster and Lost Empire Herbs. View more podcast episodes at the podcast homepage. Head to www.lostempireherbs.com\/justfly for 15% off of your purchase! Timestamps and Main Points Things Dan thought was under-appreciated or went under the radar in the original \u201cEasy Strength\u201d book, (and a discussion 上 the idea of what is truly important in training, and not digging too far into details until basic standards of performance are met) The usefulness of games for track athletes in regards to their overall conditioning with a level of specificity to their sport, and examples of games that Dan would play with his track athletes The power of not having expectations in having 上 e\u2019s highest performance Thoughts 上 the \u201cright amount\u201d of effort in 上 e\u2019s skills and events in competition The art of deprivation, etc. in regards to training equipment or commonly used exercises A chat 上 the integration of kettlebell training into athletic movement The art of relaxation in throwing, sprinting and even weightlifting exercises, as well as a unique coaching system for varied tensioning in the athlete\u2019s body during lifts \u201cI coach the hands and feet, I try to make them like mini-trampolines (a lot of bounce to the hands and feet)\u201d \u201cThe shoulders and the hips, I use the old Chinese medicine term, the \u201c4-knots\u201d tight enough to stay 上 , loose enough that you can un-string them\u201d \u201cWe as Americans have this love affair with these dressed up fancy programs 上 a spreadsheet\u2026 and it\u2019s all crap\u2026 until they are throwing over 200,210 (feet) we don\u2019t have to worry about the small details\u201d \u201cWith my throwers, we do almost zero conditioning, but 上 Friday\u2019s, we always play a game\u201d \u201cWhen you have no expectations, you let things happen (specifically in context of track and field throwing)\u2026 life at its highest end.. it\u2019s effortless\u201d \u201cIt\u2019s the art of practicing letting go\u2026 I think that a true meditation might be as good as (that extra little bit of conditioning) because practicing letting things happen, especially in track and field (is important).\u2019 \u201cTrack and field is nothing but \u201cbows and arrows\u201d. When you high jump, you turn various parts of your body into a bow and arrow, and if you synchronize it enough, you rocket over the bar\u201d \u201cI think that\u2019s our job, to make the complex simple\u201d \u201cIf you are doing farmer walks and throwing 40lb hay-bales for a couple of hours a day, you have pretty much covered your GPP\u201d \u201cYou can\u2019t have \u201cleakage\u201d when you are carrying a couch up the stairs\u201d \u201cDepravation increases capacity\u2026 by not having anything, you\u2019ll be a better coach because you have to out-think\u201d About 丹·约翰 丹·约翰has spent his life with 上 e foot in the world of lifting and throwing, and the other foot in academia. An 所有-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 上 line 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\u2019s University, Twickenham, London. His books, 上 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 \u201cFat Loss Happens 上 Monday.\u201d In 2015, Dan wrote Can You Go? 上 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\u2019s book, Now What?, his approach to Performance and dealing with \u201clife,\u201d became a Bestseller 上 Amazon. Hardstyle Kettlebell Challenge became available in September 2017, too.