Dan John


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. Dan is also a senior lecturer for St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London.

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 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.

In early 2017, Dan’s book, "Now What?" his approach to performance and dealing with life, became a Bestseller on Amazon. His next book, "HardStyle Kettlebell," is in the works.


  • This 70-Year-Old Workout Works As Well As Ever

    It may look simple on paper, but do it right, and it will give you just enough to get seriously big and strong. Plus, it works well with just about any equipment you have. Get to know the DeLorme protocol and put it into action!

  • Variety with Purpose: "Drumline" Strength-Building Kettlebell Workouts

    Training doesn't have to be precise or complicated to work. In fact, it can feel random! Try these three routines and build serious strength while dialing in picture-perfect form.

  • The Cure For Gluteal Amnesia? This "Buns And Guns" Workout

    Sitting too much and moving too little? We all are. Hit this quick equipment-flexible routine twice a week and build the most important muscle for strength, health, and pain-free living!

  • The Right Way To Lift For Your Age, At Any Age

    If you're 20, 40, 60, or "decline to answer," you need to lift—and do it right. Here's an elite strength coach's guide to making your reps pay off in the form of a better body and a better life!

  • Four Reasons To Olympic Lift

    When I started lifting, the sport of Olympic lifting was king and all the other lifting sports were snickered at for attracting oddballs. Learn the four reasons why you should olympic lift!