Zach Even-Esh

STRONGCast Ep. 10 – John Welbourn, CrossFit Football & Do Or Die Attitude


In this Episode of STRONGCast # 10 I interview 9 year NFL veteran, John Welbourn, the founder of CrossFit Football.

As expected, we dig deep into what it takes to Live and Lead with a Strong Mind, Strong Body & a STRONG Life.

Here’s Just some of what we discuss in this episode of The STRONGCast:

– Intro QnA with your truly on the differences between training adults vs training athletes at The Underground Strength Gym

– How did the idea for CrossFit Football start?

– What BIG lesson was learned from 9 years in the NFL?

– The lifestyle John lived in The NFL & how it mirrors Real Life when focusing on getting shit done!

– How to use CrossFit Football programing to attack your weak points

– Does bodybuilding have it’s place in training for sport & Football?

– How to tweak your Football workouts & nutrition to pack on more muscle & more size.

– An Inside look at John’s CrossFit Gym, CrossFit Balboa, and how he operates the training and creates the atmosphere towards success

– How your ego can either hurt you or help you as a Coach and / or Lifter

– What John says to people when they say “Your gym is too expensive for me”

– How does John organize his day for success while running multiple businesses, being a family man, training hard and making it all work.

– What is the ONE big thing that separates a successful business and a non successful business?

– What 2 books does John recommend you read?

– What question does John wish I asked him and What the hell does it mean to be Presidential??!!

There is MUCH more in this STRONGCast episode with John so check it out on the video below or Click HERE to listen on iTunes.

YouTube Preview Image

Please drop us a 5 Star review on iTunes (HERE).

We’re on our 10th episode and your support is HUGE.

BIG Thank You!

Live The Code,


Connect with John Below:

Talk To Me Johnnie

CrossFit Football

John Welbourn Twitter

Category: Articles, Kick Ass Business, Kick Ass Life, Live The Code, muscle building, Nutrition, old school strength, Olympic Lifting, Powerlifting, Q & A, Strength Building, STRONGCast, Success, Underground Strength Show, Videos, Zach's Workouts Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , .

9 Responses to STRONGCast Ep. 10 – John Welbourn, CrossFit Football & Do Or Die Attitude

  1. Nick says:

    Z, what type of cardio (metcon whatever you want to call it) are you doing these days? I know when you trained for SEALfit camp you were a cardio fiend.

    • Zach says:

      Nick prepping for SEALFit was a totally different animal

      Currently, thanks to all my running and bad mechanics w/left foot I am cleaning up some achilles, ankle and foot issues

      But a CFF met con might look like this AFTER a heavy lift:

      CrossFit Disco

      10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, reps of:

      Power Cleans @ 75% of body weight
      Pull Ups

      Or, something like this:

      9 Minutes x MAX Work of

      A) Sled Sprint x 100 ft
      B) KB Swings x 10
      C) Double KB Clean & Press x 5
      D) Sledge Hammer Strikes x 20 (switch top hand after 10)

  2. Jeff says:

    Really liked this- i had not heard too much about Crossfit Football. Something tells me this would be a safer investment to open then a solo (non affiliated) warehouse gym- piggybacking on the CF brand.

    • Zach says:

      Jeff I think what’s important is that this is a training system, NOT a business system

      CrossFit IS MAIN stream now and although ea box is different, sure, U have haters but ya gotta do what you believe in vs following a herd for the sake of being a sheep

      What do YOU believe in?

  3. Dustin W says:

    Great Interview BiG Z! Last year I had a football coach mention it and that his guys liked it so I looked into it for training. Interesting stuff. It isn’t exactly like the way I train, but pretty close. That made it a very easy transition from the Crossfit Football system to mine.
    I really enjoyed his intensity!
    The “Bodybuilding” world and everything about it made me laugh! So real, and so funny!

  4. Frank says:

    Got a lot out of this one, Z!
    We definitely are a strength-based gym, but want to keep overall athleticism up as well.
    Most of what I was not good at was due to not being strong enough for certain movements and exercises.
    I am passionate about building strength and developing impeccable technique. Strength drives all human movement and I like how John incorporates strength-building.
    I refuse to run a “cookie cutter” gym doing what everyone else is doing.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Zach Even-Esh is an Author, Founder of The Underground Strength Gym & Creator of The Underground Strength Coach Certification.

Zach's inspiration in training comes from the Golden Era of Bodybuilding & Days of Old School Strength. His mission is to help You kick ass & take names in Life AND Lifting without the hype, fancy fads or gimmicks. Zach's Commitment To Your Success Is Unmatched. He Knows What It's Like To Go From A Weakling To An Unstoppable BEAST In Charge Of His Life, Business & Destiny. Zach Made It Happen Through The Iron and Now it's Your Turn!

Zach Even-Esh