Power Athlete Methodology
level one

A coaching course for students of movement
...not movements.


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Unlocking Athletic Potential

Developed by 10-year NFL veteran John Welbourn and his head coaching staff who have hands-on experience working with over 4,000 coaches and athletes in over 200 cities

"This course is outstanding. Anyone who takes this course will get solid information to help them gain knowledge and build context for other things that may come your way in the future. The info is very digestible, but by no means is watered down. "

- Bryan Mann, PhD, CSCS, SCCC

"The Methodology course is everything I believe in and everything coaches & athletes TRULY need to achieve Success. After training for 30 years and coaching for 20+ years, I am STILL learning and stand behind what The Power Athlete Crew is teaching here 100%."

- Zach Even-Esh, M.A, Health Education
Owner & Founder of The Underground Strength Gym

"I am a big fan of the Power Athlete Methodology. First and foremost you must understand Strength and Conditioning principles, but once you do finding a methodology that you believe in is the next step. The team at Power Athlete has done the heavy lifting for you and researched thousands of systems around the globe to provide your clients with a successful framework to help them succeed. Whether you are just starting your own business or you are a seasoned coach I recommend the Power Athlete Methodology - Level One course."

- Ron McKeefery, M.A, MSCC, CSCS*D, RSCC*E
2x Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year
Vice President of Performance & Education - PLAE

"If you want to take your training to the next level, the Level One course will be a difference maker for you! Having had the opportunity to watch and observe the staff up close, the quality of coaching and content from the Power Athlete coaches network is world class. I would definitely recommend it!"

- Donnie Maib, MSCC, SCCC
Division I Strength & Conditioning Coach

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Exclusive Bundle

Enrolling and passing the Power Athlete Methodology - Level One course is your first step towards joining our Block One Coach's network.

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This course includes a hard copy of the Level One Workbook unlike any other. When you enroll, you will select whether you want a paperback or hardcover workbook.

This workbook follows the online course content and has been formatted for note taking. In addition to course content, the Workbook also includes a foreword from John Welbourn, Power Athlete CEO, a full glossary of key terms, and the Bedrock Toolkit.

The Bedrock Toolkit is a comprehensive implementation guide that bridges the gap between the concepts behind the program and the practical implementation in various coaching environments. The toolkit includes:

  • Bedrock modifications
    • 2 day, 3 day, 4 day per week
    • Special populations
  • Bedrock conditioning guidelines
  • Speed & Agility drills, guidelines and best practices

Your Instructor

Tex McQuilkin
Tex McQuilkin


Coach McQuilkin is the Co-Host of Power Athlete Radio, Director of Training and Education for Power Athlete. Tex is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with over 15 years in the fitness industry applying and educating movement all over the world. Tex coached collegiately with Georgetown University, Marymount University (DIII) Men's lacrosse, as well as interned with the University of Texas at Austin's football program. He has also coached and implemented programs for tactical athletes including Naval Special Warfare and US Army XVIII Airborne Corps. Apprenticed under John Welbourn and Raphael Ruiz studying proper implementation of science based, performance driven training systems. Collegiate lacrosse defensive midfielder, 4-year letter winner and 3-year team captain at Marymount University (VA) - DIII “All-Star”.


This course has been approved for 1.5 CEU’s
All participants that are NSCA members will receive documentation verifying their completion of each activity for their CEU File.


Take a peak behind the curtain. Enroll in the FREE sample course by clicking below to get a taste for what the Power Athlete Methodology - Level One course has to offer.


Searching for legitimate Strength and Conditioning info can be exhausting. Let us take the heavy lifting out of it.

We've sifted through the bullshit.
We've gone straight to the legitimate sources.
We have boiled it all down to what works best.

The result is a 136 page workbook, 9 online course sections, 44 lessons, and over five-hours of video lecture. Say hello to Level One of the Power Athlete Methodology online curriculum: Unlocking Athletic Potential.

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Walk away with:

  • A turnkey, tried and true strength and conditioning program
  • A set of proven methods to increase strength, power, and speed
  • Coaching principles that will unlock techniques for mastering the barbell lifts
  • Tactics for increasing agility, top end speed, and acceleration
  • Eligibility to apply to be a Block One Power Athlete Coach

In this online course, John Welbourn and the Power Athlete crew guide you through an accelerated education experience diving into the Power Athlete Methodology to groom you to be a Power Athlete Coach.

As a ten-year NFL veteran, John Welbourn has had the privilege of learning from some of the world's most prominent coaches. He has traveled the world teaching and learning. His staff has spent the past five years documenting, researching, and testing the methodology to bring you the Power Athlete Methodology curriculum.

Level One will leave you with a plug and play, tried and true set of principles that will not only unlock the secrets behind Power Athlete's foundational program, Bedrock, but will also empower you to evaluate any program! The principles are universal to training and should be the foundation of any strength and conditioning program.

The content in this course is centered on movement, life-cycle programming, and nutrition guidelines, with the consideration of unlocking athletic potential and Empowering Performance.

Join us in the Battle against Bullshit and help us Empower Performance.

For all NSCA coaches, the Level One course has been approved for 1.5 CEU’s. All participants that are NSCA members will receive documentation verifying their completion of each activity for their CEU File.


Section 1 - What is Athleticism?

1.1: Defining Athleticism
1.2: Primal Movement Patterns and Axes of Rotation
1.3: Seamless and Effortless
1.4 Movement through Space
1.5 To Accomplish Known or Novel Tasks

Section 2 - Principles of Training

2.1 Principles of Training
2.2 Overload
2.3 Reversibility
2.4 Accommodation
2.5 Specificity
2.6 Individuality
2.7 Primal Movement
2.8 Accelerated Adaptation
2.9 Compensatory Acceleration
2.10 SAID Principle

Section 3 - Primal Education

3.1 Biomechanics Breakdown
3.2 Primal Squat
3.3 Primal Lunge
3.4 Primal Step Up
3.5 Primal Vertical Push
3.6 Primal Horizontal and Vertical Pull
3.7 Primal Horizontal Push

Section 4 - Posture and Position

4.1 Why We Lift Weights
4.2 Universal Athletic Position

Section 5 - Novice Athlete

5.1 Unlocking Athletic Potential

Section 6 - Athletic Performance Traits

6.1 What is Strength?
6.2 Force Reduction
6.3 Force Production
6.4 Compensatory Acceleration

Section 7 - Speed

7.1 Speed 101
7.2 Speed Position
7.3 Speed Patterning
7.4 Speed Programming

Section 8 - Nutrition and Recover

8.1 Nutrition 101
8.2 What to Eat?
8.3 How Much?
8.4 Cooldown and Recovery

Section 9 - Programming

9.1 Bedrock Programming
9.2 Bedrock Progression
9.3 Rep and Adaptations
9.4 The Novice Window
9.5 Bedrock Resets
9.6 Base Level of Strength


When does the Power Athlete Methodology course start and finish?

Students can enroll at any time and will have access to course content for 12 months for their scheduled start date.

How long will it take me to complete the course?

This course is designed for you to complete at your own pace, and total time depends on your learning style and availability. You will be signing up for 5+ hours of video lecture, a quiz for each lesson, a 30 question final exam, and ~45,000 words of reading. Each video lecture ranges from 2 min to 60 min, the readings vary from 400-2000 words, and quizzes are between three and eight questions. If you put in four to eight hours a week you are looking at a three to four month commitment .

How can I communicate with my instructor and other students in my class?

Each lesson allows students to leave questions or comments for the course instructors and engagement among other students specific to each topic is highly encouraged.

Are there, like, test and quizzes and stuff?

Yep. Every lesson concludes with a multiple-choice quiz to test the key takeaways. The course concludes with a multiple choice final exam. For those looking to apply to be a Power Athlete Coach, you must score a 70% or better overall grade for the course to be eligible. Each lesson has a submission form for notes that must also be completed. These notes will not only aid in your absorption of the material, they'll also demonstrate aptitude and ability to advance in the Power Athlete Coach development process.

Sh*t, I didn't pass, can I get a do over?

Contact your instructor to further discuss retesting.

Is the course mobile and tablet friendly?

Yep. All Power Athlete Academy courses are fully responsive, and can be accessed on any of the devices that you own.

What am I getting into here; is this course for coaches only?

Nope. This course is for anyone who wants to reap the greatest gains from their time spent training. Learn what matters, and when to apply it so you stop wasting your time.

Do I have to apply to be a Power Athlete Block One Coach?

No, application to join the Power Athlete Coach's program is not required. As stated above, this course is open to anyone who wants to be a better coach or athlete, or wants a firm grasp on strength and conditioning. However, it is strongly encouraged to join the team!

Does the Power Athlete Methodology only apply to sport athletes?

The Power Athlete Methodology is universally applicable. It doesn't matter if you are a 10 year NFL Pro like John Welbourn, a rec league MVP, a sprinter, baller hurdler, wrestler, surfer, lifter, drifter or soldier. Or a chump stuck behind a desk wanting to change their life. True empowerment stems from unlocking your athletic potential; and the Level One course provides you the knowledge to make that happen.

What secret lifts and percentages are we going to learn?

None. They don't exist. And we will tell you exactly why that is. We've scoured through strength and conditioning textbooks, interviewed coaches and scientists, and experimented with everything we've learned to develop the Power Athlete Methodology. This course is the first step to understanding our findings without having to dig through it all yourself. You're welcome.

Can I share my login info with my spouse, partner, coaches, kids, pets or priest?

No. Absolutely not cool. Log in information and course content is restricted to one user per account. If you are found out, you will be blacklisted from all future Power Athlete courses and events, and will be denied current and future application as a Power Athlete Coach or Facility.

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