John Davies, founder of Renegade Training International, is known for his ground- breaking approach to human performance. Within the broad fitness, health, strength and conditioning industry, rarely an area is not based upon his work. Whether it is the notion of performance-based training for teams, imperfection work to assimilate the chaotic nature of competition, variable mediums to enhance the training effect, the use of non-conforming object lifts, general physical preparation, sport specificity, postural adherence or the DMC™ system based upon dance, his life’s work has paved the way for all others to follow.
Throughout his storied career, he has served as a behind-the-scenes consultant in every level of sport across the globe and has virtually opened the door for many sports that prior to his entrance did not exist within conditioning circles.
Whether it you refer to it as Football, Fútbol, Fußball, Футбол, Calcio or Soccer, “the Renegade” protocols are a cornerstone in training circles across the world. From the practice, grounds of South America and throughout Europe, at every turn his training influence is apparent, whether directly working with clubs or being passed down through schools and a generation of coaches. Known by many for his work with luminary, Diego Maradona, common glances at the highest leagues in South America, Russia and Germany, or many others, is evidence the powerful influence as their rarely is a side that does not bear his stamp.
In North America, John Davies is known for his work in Football with no less than fifty top NCAA institutions and countless hundreds of high school programs but more importantly the “coach of coaches” for over twenty years. A quick review of professional and Pro Bowl rosters reveals a stunning common denominator, whereby athlete after athlete has been schooled within the system he developed. The stark reality is that the Renegade system has been the basis for so many athletes in this sport, that, at the highest level, it is rare to find someone who has not been heavily influenced directly or through the thousands of coaches, he has mentored.
Within the board sport community, John Davies broke the ground with training approaches that came from his unique vantages as a competitive Surfer, Skateboarding and Snowboarder. Defying acceptance at the time when ‘boarders rarely considered off-board physical training, he not only established the approach for board sport athletes but led the surge towards acceptance.
Not limited in his scope other sports reveal similar impact. Within the sport of Baseball, “Davies’ exercises” are quoted by professionals respective of both training and re-habilitation while in Hockey his work cuts a broad swath through training circles in Europe and North America. In Basketball, his work has been the inside secret by the elite since working in the famed playground’s in Chicago’s lower-east side in the early 1990’s and within Rugby and MMA, the dedication to the Renegade approach is both profound and the bar to reach for. Turning to Golf, a sport woven into his makeup, his physical and mental approach to the game not only has mentored a new generation of players but also made him highly sought after in business circles as “The Closer.”
Author of thousands of articles as well twelve highly regarded books on sports mastery including, The Legacy, Beautiful Game II, R Factor for Golf, The Mark of R; the re-birth of honour, Diamonds, A Beautiful Game, More than a Game, Mastery on the Gridiron, Sessions and With Grace, it is clear that his approach is the basis for much of the training practices today. In 2004, with his most trusted friend and confidant Grant Hansen, he founded a certifying body to help educate young professionals on his training approach but providing insight into his true motivation on coaching, on learning the “path to greatness” and possibly the most important lesson that the “Renegade” system is built upon; “the code” of honour, commitment and loyalty
Considered as an epiphany to many high-ranking members of the exercise community, the vanguard work of John Davies’ not only harkens back to a period when elevating society was woven into the physical culture and sporting community but weaves a message of ethics and standards rarely heard. Throughout the sporting community, the Renegade system is accepted as the most influential training methodology in practice and the body of work is referenced throughout the world in a host of languages. To some, Renegade Training is a source for athletic superiority and yet to others the real magic is seen as a journey to learn how adversity is something that we adversity and returns us to a time when sport added value to society.
Across the world for now four decades this training approach as been accepted as both the bar to reach for and where champions cut their teeth but the real story is how it teaches a values based system, where “principles never have a price-tag” and the lessons sport teach improve our lives and those around us.
In addition to his duties with worldwide consulting practice that is divided between his burgeoning work with health-care and business advisory along with assisting athletic coaching ranks, John Davies is a proud contributor for USPlabs within the exercise, strength and conditioning field. He adds his hand to sports journalism providing reports for the legendary Spartak Moscow and focuses upon German, French and Portuguese leagues with Europa League News.
His spare time focuses upon his passion for the arts, competitive sport in ‘boarding, with “Boardercross” his specialty, plays the enganche in footy and is an admitted golf-addict who seeks no cure.