LEO Training: Strength & Conditioning | Endurance | Health | Performance | Injury Prevention | Joe DeLeo

Strength, endurance, health and injury rehabilitation advice from host Joe DeLeo, NSCA-CSCS, FMS, SFG I . This is your podcast resource for top notch tips, strategies, information and stories from strength & conditioning, rowing, running and other endurance sports as well as expert information on nutrition, health and wellness that can be applied to everyone from elite athletes to exercise enthusiasts. This podcast will feature interviews with elite and amateur athletes, strength and endurance coaches, health & wellness experts, and injury rehabilitation professionals. If you are looking to improve your health, strength, and fitness while simultaneously training smarter this podcast has something for you! Train Smarter. Get Stronger. Move Better. Race Faster. For more information and resources, go to
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Jun 27, 2016

In Episode 024 of the LEO Training Podcast I interview my good friend Mack Lemmon. Mack is the general manager of Stanley Steemer, a triathlete, and an entrepreneur. What makes Mack pretty incredible is the fact that he holds down a 60 hour a week job while dedicating and committing his time to training for half and full Ironman triathlons.

Here's what you will learn in this episode:

  • "Long Term Consistency Trumps Short term intensity" - Bruce Lee
  • Mack's Background and journey from being a bodybuilder to a triathlete
  • His work at Stanley Steemer and how he prioritizes his training around his job
  • Why everyone can achieve their athletic goals and potential by staying focused on the most important thing.
  • and much more!

Show Notes:

Mack Lemmon (Instagram)

Jun 19, 2016

In Episode 023 of the LEO Training Podcast I interview Dr. Michael Hartle, Chief SFL and Master SFG of StrongFirst. This is a special Father's Day episode and Dr. Hartle was accompanied by his son Marcus. We had a ton of fun and it was great getting a father/son perspective in this episode!

Let me tell you a little bit more about Dr. Hartle.

Dr. Michael Hartle is a chiropractic physician, a board-certified Clinical Nutritionist (DACBN), a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), the Chief SFL Barbell Instructor and Master SFG (Kettlebell) Instructor with StrongFirst, and an Active Release Technique (ART) provider since 1995. He is also the co-developer of the StrongFirst SFL Barbell Certification.

Raised in the frozen tundra known as Minnesota, he once lived in Hawai’i while his father was stationed at Pearl Harbor during Vietnam. He has been practicing in Fort Wayne, Indiana for the last 21 years. A former nationally-ranked powerlifter, who has won several national titles with USA Powerlifting, Dr. Michael is also the former Chairman and founder of the Sports Medicine Committee of USA Powerlifting (USAPL). He was the Head Coach of the USAPL World Bench Press Team for eight years, with the team winning the 2004 World Championship Team Title.

His best competition lifts are 705lb squat, 535lb bench press, and 635lb deadlift with a best combined total of the three lifts of 1,840lbs in the 275lb weight class. For the last ten years, he has been playing semi-pro football, defensive tackle, and loving it! His football team, the Adams County Patriots, won the National AA Semi-Pro Football Championship in 2008!

He treats, trains and advises to all kinds of patients, from babies to the elderly, from youth athletes to NCAA student-athletes to professional athletes. He also coaches junior high football and track and field, volunteering his time for the last sixteen years. He has three sons and two grandchildren who keep him busy with their personal endeavors, including crawling, hockey, football, lacrosse, track and field, and of course, academics.

Here's what you will learn in this interview:

  • Dr. Michael Hartle's background in strength and experience as a chiropractor and father.
  • Debunking strength training myths for youth athletes
  • Marcus's strength training program and the sports he plays
  • Early sports specialization in youth athletics and the risks it poses
  • The Rio 2016 Olympics and what events Dr. Hartle and Marcus will be following
  • How Dr. Hartle would prep for the snatch test if he had been primarily training with the barbell
  • How to design a program focusing on barbell and kettlebell lifts
  • Dr. Hartle's preferred warm-up before a barbell session
  • How the SFL fits within the StrongFirst curriculum
  • and much more.

Show Notes:


When Tension is a Beautiful Thing

The Subtle But Essential Role of the Triceps Brachii in the Deadlift

300 Seconds: A Guide to Maximizing Your Rest Intervals

The Basics of the Barbell Front Squat

Using Barbells and Kettlebells Together

Jun 11, 2016

In Episode o22 of the LEO Training Podcast I had the pleasure of interviewing Todd Hargrove. Todd was  an attorney who then became a Feldenkrais practitioner, Rolfer, and author who started an evidence based blog at The writing and content on that blog led Todd to author the book A Guide to Better Movement.

In this episode Todd and I go in depth in some of the material covered in his book and try to clear up some confusion regarding mobility, stability, and motor control. We also discuss in depth the nervous system.

Here is what you will learn in this episode:

  • Todd's journey from attorney to Feldenkrais practitioner and Rolfer
  • His book A Guide to Better Movement
  • Stabilizers and Prime Movers
  • Feldenkrais
  • Parasitic tension
  • Skill of relaxation
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Alex Hutchinson
  • Focus and attention
  • internal vs. external

Show Notes:

Better Movement

Rolfing Seattle

A Guide to Better Movement (Book)

Jun 5, 2016

We're back with Episode 021 of the LEO Training Podcast. My guest for this episode is Dr. Matthew Rice. In this episode Dr. Rice and I discuss how he evaluates and assesses clients and patients in his clinic. This is wonderful insight for anyone who has experienced an injury or is looking to strength train with an individualized approach. Here is what you will learn in this episode:

  • Dr. Rice and I sharing our training for SFG I
  • Entry point into health, rehab, and fitness
  • Overview of mobility, stability, and motor control
  • How Dr. Rice evaluates and assesses his clients and patients
  • Balance and proprioception training
  • Using a cable machine and harness to train slings and fascial lines
  • Bushidoni
  • Thomas Myers' KMI
  • Long Beach KB Club
  • The Snatch Test at the SFG
  • Single Leg Balance, Body Scan, and Janda Test
  • Posture & Prehab
  • FRC
  • and more

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Show Notes:

Matt Rice (Instagram)

Chiropractic Movement (Instagram)