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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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Aug 4, 2018

LT 104 | Aquil Abdullah - A Midweight's Journey

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Aquil H. Abdullah won four letters in men’s rowing at GW from 1992-96. Aquil narrowly missed qualifying for the 2000 Summer Olympics at Sydney by .33 of a second. After losing in the 2000 Olympic Trials, Abdullah considered retiring from the sport. Instead, he resumed training, competed again and won the elite Diamond Sculls race at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta at Henley-on-the Thames in London in 2000. He continued to train in the lead up to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece and would compete in the Men's Double Scull event with Henry Nuzum. so.and in 2004 became the first African American man on the United States Olympic rowing team.

Abdullah, the second men’s rower elected to the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame, came to GW from nearby Wilson High School in Northwest Washington after starring as a 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver on the Wilson football team. But he had started rowing as a high school senior and in 1992 accepted a rowing scholarship at George Washington where he majored in physics.

Interview Topics:

  • How Aquil came to the sport of rowing from football
  • The challenges that Aquil faced during his collegiate and international rowing career
  • How he transitioned from GW to the US National Team
  • Why he chose the 1x and sculling over sweep boats.
  • The importance of being very technically strong as a midweight rower competing against bigger and stronger athletes
  • The impact the sport of rowing has had on his life

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Jul 22, 2018

LT 103 | Michael Ranfone - Build Athletes. Make Monsters.

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Biography

Michael Ranfone BS, CSCS, LMT, FRC, ART is the founder and president of Ranfone Training Systems located in Hamden, Connecticut. For the past decade he’s dedicated himself to improving athletes as a performance coach and manual therapist.

Mike graduated Cum Laude from Union College with degrees in Economics and Psychology—earning recognition in the National Honor Society of each discipline. While at Union, Mike excelled on the football field—he was a four-year letter winner, three-year all-league and all-league academic starter. He served as a captain during his senior campaign. His football career culminated in several tryouts for Arena and Canadian Football League teams.

He started his professional career at Yale—serving as the Strength and Conditioning coordinator for more than 500 Division I athletes. In 2005 he returned to school and incorporated Ranfone Training Systems. Since then, he’s coached and treated thousands of athletes—while also consulting with professional and collegiate sports teams.

Mike’s given performance enhancement lectures at private venues and universities across the United States—focusing on strength and movement improvement. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) as recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Licensed Massage Therapist in Connecticut, a Level 2 Functional Movement Specialist, as well as the only Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist and Functional Range Release practitioner in Connecticut and is a certified practitioner in Active Release Therapy (ART) among other specialized techniques.

 

Interview Topics:

  • Athletic Development
  • Strategies to teach and scale to kids in groups/classes of 5-10
  • How do you address all the qualities for athleticism in 60 minutes?
  • "Play is merely exercise in disguise."
  • Using the appropriate stress dosage to enhance fundamental qualities
  • How sport and training helps to teach today's youth work ethic, discipline, responsibility, and how to socialize

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Jul 1, 2018

LT 102 | Brett Bartholomew - The Art of Coaching

 

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Biography

Brett Bartholomew is a strength and conditioning coach, author, adjunct professor, and Founder of the performance coaching and consulting company, The Bridge Human Performance® as well as the coach education platform ArtOfCoaching.com. His experience includes working with athletes both in the team environment and private sector along with members of the United States Special Forces and members of Fortune 500 companies. Taken together, Brett has coached a diverse range of athletes from across 23 sports world-wide, at levels ranging from youth athletes to Olympians. He’s supported numerous Super Bowl and World Series Champions, along with several professional fighters in both professional boxing as well as the UFC. 
 
From a philanthropic standpoint, Brett serves as the Vice President for the non-profit organization Movement2Be, which serves youth in underprivileged communities through helping them learn more about physical activity.
 
His book, Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In (Amazon), achieved “Best Seller” status in the categories of “Sport Coaching” (#1), “Business/Money” (#8) ,and was ranked in the “Amazon Top 100 Books Overall” in 2017. It is currently being used by several universities as source material used to help guide future coaches and professionals. 
 

Be sure to check out Brett's brand new online course

 

Interview Topics:

  • P. 88 Why is conflict management and not conflict itself usually the problem and what tools can coaches employ to strengthen this skill set?
  • P. 96 How did you come up with the idea to group athlete personalities into archetypes and have you personally coached each archetype profile? What’s been the most challenging? The most fun?
  • P. 220 | 13 Coaching Mistakes to Avoid | Which mistakes do you see young coaches make most often?
  • 5/1/18, 11:27 PM  "Training great athletes does not automatically make you a great coach. Too many undervalue working with novices, youth and those that are challenged in a myriad of other ways. True experience comes from exposure that is multifaceted." - Brett Bartholomew | Twitter
  • What led you to create the “Art of Coaching” online course? How is this different than what is currently out there and how will it helps coaches become better at their craft?
  • More on the new course Bought In

Show Notes:

Jan 14, 2018

LT 101 | Jim Joy - Finding Flow in Rowing

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My guest for this episode of the LEO Training Podcast is Jim Joy.

Jim Joy has coached at the University of Western Ontario, M.I.T, Yale University and Wesleyan University, and Hobart and William Smith. Jim also helped start Craftsbury Sculling Camp, the first rowing camp of its kind in North America.

Jim founded and has run the Joy of Sculling coaching conferences, for more than 25 years. This conference has drawn more than 5,000 coaches from youth programs, clubs, schools, colleges and national teams across the country and is focused on education and athletic development in rowing.

Jim is well known for his holistic and technical approach to a cyclical non-fragmented rowing stroke, where there is a strong bond between body, shell and water, creating a state of flow within an integrated whole.

It is this approach to the rowing stroke where our interview will focus its attention toward.

Here are 3 things you will learn:

  • What are the primers for visualization?
  • Why a complete training program should include time for mental training
  • Jim will provide some tools on how you can find flow during your own rowing

Topics:

  • Jim's roots in rowing and how he got started
  • Bob Fitzpatrick, Bob Pierce, and Steve Fairbairn
  • Focus on precision of movement and skill development
  • The primers of visualization
  • Different types of simulation exercises
  • and much more!

Show Notes:

Jan 1, 2018

LT 100 | Dr. Carlo Varalda - Evaluating Movement & Power in Rowers

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This week's guest is Dr. Carlo Varalda. Dr. Varalda is the Executive Director of NSCA Italy. He has worked with the Italian Rowing Federation and currently is working with the Italian Short Track Team in preparation for the Winter Olympics. His work focuses on research for the improvement of performance and methods for the assessment of athletes. He evaluates muscle, posture, and function. Dr. Varalda is convinced that there is still a lot to do in the sport and, more generally, in the movement for all age groups.

Interview Topics & Questions:

  • Carlo's Education and Background (who you have worked with)
  • Movement Screening for Rowers | What do you evaluate and why?
  • How does the evaluation effect their cardiovascular training (rowing,erg) and strength training?
  • Has the data you have gathered from evaluations allowed you to reduce injuries and improve performance?

 

Show Notes:

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