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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 http://leotraining.io/
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Feb 26, 2017

LT 060 | Emily Bearden & Steve Milles - Five Points Academy

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Epsiode 060 of the LEO Training Podcast features two coaches from Five Points Academy in NYC. Emily Bearden and Steve Milles are both champion fighters who have had great success rehabbing their bodies through kettlebell training and enhancing performance of their fighters using this modality.

Emily Bearden first became interested in personal training while earning a BFA in Dance and Choreography, a course of study that required mastery of kinesiology, physiology, anatomy and dynamic alignment. Emily is also an internationally ranked competitive thai boxer, holding the professional World Champion belt in muay thai for the WKA, two US Championship Belts and was a member of the US Team to the International Muay Thai Federation Amateur Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. And she loves dogs, too. Emily holds the following certifications:
  • StrongFirst SFG Level II Kettlebell Instructor
  • StrongFirst (SFL) Lift Barbell Instructor
  • AFAA certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor
  • Post Rehab and Conditioning Specialist with the American Academy of Health and Fitness Professionals
  •  TRX Group Suspension Training Course Instructor
  • Primal Move Coach
  • Esquerre Fitness Group Advanced Stretching Techniques
  • Asst. Instructor by the Muay Thai International Association

Steve Milles has competitive and coaching experience in muay Thai spanning more than two decades. As a competitor he won a bronze medal representing the US at the International Amateur Muay Thai Federation World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. After turning professional Steve captured the World Kickboxing Association and International Sport Kickboxing Association US Champion belts as well as the Intercontinental Champion title for the US Muay Thai Association, battling current and former world champions in North America, Europe and Asia. He retired with a professional record of 20 wins, 8 losses and 2 draws. Steve holds the following credentials in addition to his impressive fighting background.

  • StrongFirst SFG Team Leader
  • Tactical Strength SBS
  • FMS Level 1 Functional Movement Specialist
  • CICS Indian Club Specialist
  • GroundForce Method Level 1 Instructor

Here is what you will learn in this episode:

  • Emily & Steve's background in fighting
  • How the kettlebell helped them rehab from injuries and improve performance
  • How Five Points Academy integrates strength training with their fighters that are competing
  • Before and after effects of utilizing the kettlebell into a fighters program
  • Why is endurance important to a fighter?
  • Vegan diet as a fighter and its benefits
  • and much more!

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Feb 19, 2017

This week's guest is world renowned kettlebell expert, Steve Cotter.

As the Founder and Director of IKFF, Steve Cotter draws from an extensive and diverse background as a champion athlete and cutting-edge trainer to develop some of the most complete and exciting programs in strength and conditioning today.

Throughout his lifelong study, Steve continues to research and implement the most effective training methods in kettlebells, martial arts, qigong, strength and conditioning, athletics and human performance fields. He constantly improves his skills and abilities to benefit, teach and motivate you.

Named to Men’s Health Magazine’s “100 Fittest Men of All-Time”, Cotter shares his years of experience as a martial artist, world-class athlete and fitness coach to design and supervise programs for those who take their training seriously. While each client is unique, a common theme always presents itself in Steve’s training programs; an unyielding focus, unparalleled intensity and precise attention to detail.

Working tirelessly to share his passion for teaching as well as fitness and health, Steve teaches on 6 continents and has developed qualified kettlebell fitness instructors representing over 60 nations and growing.

Here's what you will learn in this episode:

  • Steve's background and education
  • Steve's book and home study course, Kettlebell Training
  • Travelling around the world and how to deal with the effects on your body
  • Attitude and Mindset
  • Different types of kettlebells | cast iron vs. competition bells
  • The history of GS
  • Strength Endurance and Strength-Power Endurance
  • Hardstyle and Girevoy Sport differences
  • 3 Most important things when training with kettlebells
  • Power Output in Athletics
  • and much more

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Feb 12, 2017

LT 058 | Bryan Volpenhein - From Walk on to Olympic Champion

Episode 058 is sponsored by Finish Line Shell Repair

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US Rowing Men's Head Coach and Olympic Gold Medalist is this week's guest on the LEO Training Podcast. Bryan Volpenhein is a three-time Olympian and 2004 gold medalist in the men’s eight. He is responsible for the men’s high performance sweep squad and works to develop, select and prepare the team for international competition. 

In this interview Bryan and I discuss rowing from multiple angles - both that of an athlete and a coach. This is a fascinating look into the spectrum of his experience as a collegiate walk on to Olympic Champion.

Here is what you will learn in this episode:

  • How Bryan got started with rowing at The Ohio State University
  • Club Rowing Teams and how they are different
  • Transitioning onto the National Team
  • Discussing the elimination of freshmen rowing and the impact on the sport
  • Individualized Training in a Team Environment
  • Why Communication is one of the most important elements to coaching
  • Having patience and not setting barriers for yourself and how this relates to performance
  • Food!
  • 4 things everyone should know how to do when cooking.
  • and much more!

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Feb 5, 2017

LT 057 | Dr. Anders Ericsson & Dr. Robert Pool - Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

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In episode 057 I sit down with authors Dr. Anders Ericsson and Dr. Robert Pool to discuss their book Peak. Let me tell you a little bit more about both of them.

Dr. Anders Ericsson is a Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University who is internationally recognized as the world's reigning expert of expertise. His research focus on the psychological nature of expertise and human performance.

Ericsson has studied expert performance in domains such as medicine, music, chess, and sports, focusing exclusively on extended deliberate practice (e.g., high concentration practice beyond one's comfort zone) as a means of how expert performers acquire their superior performance.

Dr. Robert Pool combined his history, physics, and mathematics degrees with his love of writing to successfully transition from mathematics professor to renowned science, technology, and medical writer. He has taught science writing at Johns Hopkins University and has worked as a writer and editor at the world's two most prestigious science publications -- Science and Nature -- and hundreds of his works have been published in the top publications in a variety of fields, publications that include Discover, New Scientist, Science, Nature, Technology Review, Forbes ASAP, Think Research, The Washington Post, FSU Research in Review, MIT Technology Review, and so on.

This interview is about much more than their book though! We go deep into skill acquisition and how we all have the ability progress through deliberate practice. Here's what you will learn in this interview:

  • Introduction & Background of Dr. Ericsson and Dr. Pool
  • What is practice?
  • What are the 3 types of practice?
  • Why talent and natural ability are not the determining factor for high performance
  • How to achieve a high level of expertise by utilizing deliberate practice
  • Malcolm Gladwell and Outliers
  • Clearing up confusion about the "10,000 hour rule" and what does it really mean?
  • How a coach or layperson can break down a skill into actionable steps to improve their performance
  • Peak - The Book
  • and much more!

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