Rogue #9: Jim Wendler, Strength Training & Powerlifting Icon


The Rogue Ones Podcast: Jim Wendler

As we know, extraordinary isn’t bound to one area of expertise. “Creatives” aren’t the only ones who can inspire with their philosophies on the human condition. Niches all over the world are filled to the brim with legends in their field, and we would do well to learn from them. These last two episodes will feature people in fields you probably have never even thought about. 

I am married to someone who is my polar opposite, and because of this, I’ve been fortunate to learn about many new cultures during our almost-decade of relationship. Perhaps the most powerful (pun intended) culture he’s introduced me to is the wide, wonderful world of strength training, power lifting, and strongman. I’ve found that within this culture are some of the most fascinating and rogueish people one may ever encounter. 

Best known for his 5/3/1 program, Jim Wendler is an ICON in the world of strength training and powerlifting. To put his legacy into perspective, his first powerlifting program book written in 2011 has sold over 500,000 copies. Each book goes for $25. Since then, he’s released three more books on the 5/3/1 variation to the same acclaim.

Jim has chosen to live a frugal life, so much so that he is able to be a full-time volunteer football coach in his rural Ohio community. 

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My name is Leslie, and I'm obsessed with finding the "how" behind every success story. I've learned that behind every successful person there's failure, heartache, embarrassment, and sometimes, sheer terror. 

But yet - they persist.

It's my mission to find some of the most fascinating folks paving their own paths with important things to say and share their successes, failures, and opportunities. By hearing these stories, we can adopt a rogue lifestyle with a bend toward the remarkable.