Patrick Vellner On Training, Managing Time, & His Advice For the Community. Plus, Two Sample Training Days
Patrick Vellner On Training, Managing Time, & His Advice For the Community
By: John Pappas
The man known as “Pat” is one of the most well-known strength coaches in America today. He’s been coaching since 1974 and has worked with some of the top lifters in the world including Mike Mentzer (the current Mr.
Olympia), Mark Bell (Mr. Universe) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (former Mr. Olympia).
He’s also been involved in many other sports such as football, baseball, basketball and wrestling.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Pat several times over the years and I’m always impressed by how intelligent he is. I think it comes from his upbringing; he was raised in a military family where education was very important.
While he doesn’t have any formal training or credentials to speak of, what little experience he does have speaks volumes about his abilities and expertise.
In this interview, Pat talks about his background, his philosophy on life and much more. Enjoy!
John Pappas: Hi there, my name is John Pappas and I’m here to introduce myself to everyone. My name is not really relevant to the conversation at hand but I do want to say that I am a professional athlete who has competed in numerous Olympic Games and World Championships.
I also want to say that I am a winner.
However, if you are reading this then you are probably not really interested in my achievements or accolades. You are probably more interested in the man who has made this all possible and that is Patrick Vellner.
Patrick, why don’t you tell everyone a little about yourself?
Patrick Vellner: Hello there, my name is Patrick Vellner and I was born on March 15, 1951. I was born in the state of Illinois in a city called East St. Louis. I am the youngest of five children and my father was in the military so I have lived all over the states, including Hawaii for several years.
I have one older sister and three older brothers, all of whom were also in the military at one time or another. I have one older brother who is still living and he is in the Army.
I started weight training when I was 15 years old. I had read several articles by the time I was 12 or 13 about how the Russians were dominating the sports of weightlifting and wrestling during the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and decided that I would start training for the Olympics myself.
I originally planned to train and compete in wrestling but soon found that the training was much too difficult.
When I was 15, my coach, Bob BIggs, saw me lifting at my high school and talked to me about weightlifting. He suggested that I start training at the Team Illinois Olympic Training Center in Mt.
Vernon. I trained at this center for several years and had a great experience there. I placed third in the nation in the “super-heavyweight” class at the AAU championships in Chicago, Illinois. I was only sixteen at the time.
I started to get bored with weightlifting and began to look for something else that would challenge me both physically and mentally. I had already been wrestling since I was six years old so this seemed like a natural fit.
My father was a great wrestler in high school and I think that this sport was in my blood.
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