Enrolling and passing the Power Athlete Methodology course will be your first step towards becoming a Certified Power Athlete Coach.

Take your place among a robust network of Certified Power Athlete Coaches from around the globe. Level up your knowledge and coaching as a Certified Power Athlete Coach.

"As a Professor of Exercise Physiology, I’m always looking for continuing education opportunities that allow me to be a better teacher for my students and coach for my athletes. The Power Athlete Methodology bundle was exactly that; by teaching me the Power Athlete principles and providing me an opportunity to demonstrate my skills to the crew, I can now empower those I teach and coach in the same way."

- Hunter Waldman, Professor, Researcher, and Power Athlete Coach

"The journey doesn't end after certification, the Power Athlete Network brings together like minded professionals from all over the world focused on no-nonsense gimmick free training and education. From easily accessible coaches resources, to network wide communication with every single coach, and of course access to the always awesome Coach's Collective. Power Athlete truly make a conscious effort to support our journey as professionals and more importantly create strong connections with amazing people."

- Ramon "Ray" Cossio, Tactical Program Director, CSCS, and Power Athlete Coach

"After accumulating knowledge in S&C haphazardly on my own for years, the Power Athlete Methodology was a game changer. Not only did the course fill many of the gaps in my prior learning, but more importantly, the course provided a framework to allow me to better understand and apply everything I already knew. In a world full of misinformation and outright bullshit, I now have a lens through which to critically examine information and network to help me continue to learn and grow."

- Bryce Wolcott, High School Teacher, Wrestling Coach, and Power Athlete Coach

"There is a strong divide between the theory and science of movement and the praxis of making better athletes. The Power Athlete Methodology course works to bridge that divide offering coaches a solid foundation in the science and practice of sport performance. Often this profession focuses too much on the depth of what we can know and forgets how to transmit the most important information in a clear way to the coaches on the weight room floor or out on the field doing the work. That is not at issue here."

- Andy Holmes, CSCS, SCCC, and Power Athlete Coach

"Hands down, the best investment I've made in strength and performance. The course is broken down in easy to understand blocks that build upon each other. The multiple education delivery methods - reading, videos and coach interactions- made this course enjoyable and fun. The great thing about the course is it’s a gateway into an empowering network, not a culmination. I cannot recommend it highly enough."

- Dave Shirley, S&C Coach, Claymore Fighting and Fitness and Power Athlete Coach


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Meet John Welbourn, Power Athlete Founder and CEO

"In my NFL career I worked with some crappy coaches and a few greats. If you want to be great, listen to me."


A complacent coach fails to empower his athletes. Master your craft the Power Athlete way with industry-leading knowledge and cutting edge application.

Searching for legitimate and practical strength and conditioning info can be exhausting. Let Power Athlete do the heavy lifting.

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

Register for the Power Athlete Coach Bundle and 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
  • Guaranteed spot in a Power Athlete Coach Test in Austin, Texas

Start your journey to discovery by mastering the Power Athlete Methodology.

The curriculum includes the training principles and practical application of developing strength, power and speed in athletes. This methodology has been developed by 10-year NFL veteran John Welbourn and his staff over the course of 10+ years working with thousands of coaches and athletes around the globe. Level up your knowledge and movement of training athletes by implementing the principles of Power Athlete.



When you become a Certified Power Athlete Coach you will be leveling up your career by entering a professional network of world class coaches. And increasing your knowledge to work with collegiate & professional athletes.

Your annual membership will unlock the following:

  • Ability to trade under the official name of Certified Power Athlete Coach
  • Listing as a certified coach through Power Athlete channels
  • Power Athlete HQ on speed dial
  • Access to our network of top tier mentors & coaches
  • Access to monthly online round table events
  • Exclusive access to in-person Coach Collective events
  • Discounts on Power Athlete products

Network membership fee billed annually at $500 until cancelled

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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.



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 - Building the Power Athlete

2.1 Building the Power Athlete
2.2 Principle Based Coaching
2.3 Programming Principles
2.4 Coaching Principles
2.5 3P's of Coaching

Section 3 - Teaching Movement

3.1 Teaching Movement
3.2 Movement Feedback Loop
3.3 Universal Athletic Position

Section 4 - Coaching Movement

4.1 Why We Lift Weights?
4.2 Coaching Movement
4.3 Coach's Eye
4.4 Athlete 3P's

Section 5 - Masters of Movement

5.1 Primal Squat
5.2 Primal Lunge
5.3 Primal Step Up
5.4 Primal Vertical Push
5.5 Primal Horizontal and Vertical Pull
5.6 Primal Horizontal Push

Section 6 - Life Cycle of an Athlete

6.1 Unlocking Athletic Potential

Section 7 - Athletic Performance Traits

7.1 What is Strength?
7.2 Force Reduction
7.3 Force Production
7.4 Compensatory Acceleration
7.5 Speed 101
7.6 Speed Positioning
7.7 Speed Patterning
7.8 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


This course includes three video conference sessions with your Power Athlete Coach instructor to help you prepare to stand and deliver for your Power Athlete Block One Coach Test. Registration for the Block One will be provided upon completion of the online course. The test will be held in Austin, Texas. The 2023 Testing Dates include: March 24-25th and June.

The three consultations will be spread out over your learning and test preparation experience:

Session 1: Your 50% completion mark of the course to discuss the coaching movement lessons.
Session 2: Your 100% completion mark of the course to discuss programming and application of the Methodology.
Session 3: Scheduled 2-6 weeks out from your Block One Test to put you in the best position to pass the test.


When does the Power Athlete Methodology course start and finish?

Sessions are unlocked for students upon registration. Students will have access to course content for a lifetime.

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 coach 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 Certified Power Athlete Coach?

No application is required to become a Certified Power Athlete Coach. But you do have to pass both the Power Athlete Methodology and the in-person Power Athlete Coach's Test to become a Certified Power Athlete Coach.

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 text books, 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 Block One Coach or Facility.

There are only three Power Athlete Coach Tests a year. How long am I eligible to sit for the test after signing up for the Methodology course?

Yes, test opportunities are limited to three times a year. BUT, you are eligible to take the Power Athlete Coach Test as long as you have completed the online course. A study guide will be provided and you will have the chance to connect with your instructor to put you in the best position to succeed on the test.

Is there a cost associated to be in the Power Athlete Coach network after completion of the test?

Yes, this bundle includes your first year registration to be in the Power Athlete Coach network. Each year following the successful completion of the test requires a $500 registration fee to maintain connection to the network and access to John and the Power Athlete crew.

What is the refund policy for the course following a purchase?

Once your workbook has shipped, no refunds will be allowed. Workbooks typically ship within 3 to 5 business days. You have lifetime access to the course and are eligible for the Power Athlete Coach test once you complete the course, so commit to being the best coach you can be.

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