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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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




Show Notes:

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!

Show Notes:

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!

Show Notes:

Jan 30, 2017

John Harrison has an amazing story to share and I was thrilled to have him on my podcast. He is a father of four children. By the time John turned 30 years old he was over 300 pounds. At 41 he is now at 200 pounds. John lost well over 60 pounds through unconventional training methods including kettlebell training, mace swinging, sandbags and others.

John is an SFG I through StrongFirst and a licensed massage therapist through the Pennsylvania Institute of Massage Therapy. John shares his road to health and fitness and how he has successfully lost his weight. He also shares his approach to working with his students and clients by incorporating the Functional Movement Screen, soft tissue work, and strength training to really provide a totally integrated approach.

Here is what you will learn in this episode:

  • Intro/background
  • Success with convention methods of weight loss (running, elliptical, etc.)
  • How unconventional training methods of weight loss (kettlebell, mace, sandbag) made the difference.
  • Journey from HKC to SFG and pursuing massage therapy
  • Integrating FMS, massage therapy, and strength training into student's training sessions
  • Rik Brown (Mr. Maceman)
  • Don Giardafino
  • and much more

Show Notes:


Jan 22, 2017

Today's guest is a legend in the strength and conditioning community. Mark Reifkind has been training and coaching for 40 years! He has been an outstanding athlete in multiple sports including gymnastics, powerlifting, bodybuilding, ultra-running and is well known around the world in the kettlebell community.

Mark first started working with kettlebells in 1998 around the same time Pavel Tsatsouline is credited with bringing them to the west. He started the first kettlebell gym in the United States,  Girya Strength in 2003. Mark has also rehabbed from some serious injuries including a complete knee replacement and shoulder injury during his gymnastics career.

Here is what you will learn in this exclusive interview:

  • Mark's athletic background across multiple sports as both an athlete and coach
  • His shoulder and knee injuries and how he rehabbed them
  • His presentation on total knee replacement
  • Sarcopenia - muscle mass loss as you age
  • The Lost Art of Training
  • Important bio-markers for strength and health as you age
  • His return to StrongFirst
  • and much more

Show Notes:

Jan 15, 2017

My guest this week is Dr. Bryan Mann. Dr. Bryan Mann is the Assistant Teaching Professor of Physical Therapy and was the Assistant Director of  Strength & Conditioning at the University of Missouri from 2004 -2016. Dr. Bryan Mann has been competing in the sport of powerlifting since 1996. He has many powerlifting accolades to his name in raw, single-ply, and multi-ply lifting. He is a researcher and author, having written several research publications dealing with training in Division 1 athletics, specifically football. He has written three books, most notably the Complete Guide to Powerlifting for Human Kinetics with co-author Dan Austin.

Here's what you will learn in this episode:

  • Dr. Bryan Mann's background in strength & conditioning
  • Why stress is a syndrome
  • Social media as a stress
  • How to program for a few hundred athletes
  • Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
  • "Dont confuse highly trained with genetically endowed."
  • Cal Dietz
  • Velocity Training
  • and much more

Show Notes:

Jan 1, 2017

My guest for Epsiode 053 of the LEO Training Podcast is Dr. Kenneth Jay. Dr. Kenneth Jay is the author of the Cardio Code. Kenneth is from Denmark, and is the author of several books including the Viking Warrior Conditioning, a scientific approach to forging a heart of elastic steel, and the applications of the theory behind proper VO2max training. He works with athletes of all ages and demographics and teaches his Cardio Code Seminar around the world! Here is what you will learn in this episode:

  • Dr. Kenneth Jay's background in health and fitness
  • His PhD work
  • The Cardio Code
  • Keyboard athletes
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Weight training is not cardiovascular training
  • Why having a high heart rate is not cardiovascular training
  • Heart Morphology
  • The energy system does not determine if an activity is cardiovascular it's the activity at hand
  • and much more!

Show Notes:

Dec 26, 2016

In Episode 052 of the LEO Training Podcast I interview Jack Carlson. Jack is an entrepreneur and international coxswain. Jack is a three-time member of the United States rowing team and a World Championships bronze medalist; he has won at Henley Royal Regatta, the Head of the Charles Regatta, and Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. Jack has trained under coaches Henry Bailhache-Webb and Richard Spratley at Oxford Brookes Boat Club, a High Performance Centre for the British team and, along with Leander Club, one of Great Britain's two most successful rowing clubs.  In North American competition and U.S. trials, Jack is proud to represent the New York Athletic Club - the spiritual home of elite amateur sport in the United States. In 2014 Jack published the book Rowing Blazers which is now available for sale.

Here is what you will learn in this episode:

Show Notes:

Dec 18, 2016

In Episode 051 of the LEO Training Podcast I sit down with Dr. Tim Simansky. Dr. Tim Simansky is an international lecturer, entrepreneur, strength coach, and sports chiropractor. He is most notably known for his involvement in the functional fitness community where he has made a niche in the rehabilitation, injury prevention and performance enhancement of functional fitness athletes.

Dr. Simansky has been a member of the CrossFit Games Athlete Services at both the Regional and Games level since 2012. He has acted as the East Regional co-director of Athlete Services since 2015.

Aside from his physical participation in CrossFit Dr. Simansky maintains a constant virtual presence as the founder of Through his involvement in WODdoc Dr. Simansky has been honored with the opportunity to lecture both nationally and internationally.

Here are some of the topics we discuss:

  • Dr. Simansky's background and education
  • How did WODDdoc get started?
  • The most common injuries Dr. Simansky sees
  • Common rowing injuries in crossfit
  • Movement Summit & RockTape
  • Pop up clinic in Kuwait
  • The Injury Lottery
  • "The only worthless knowledge, is the knowledge you don't share."
  • Sara Hendershot, Rowficcient and rowing in Crossfit

Show Notes:

Dec 11, 2016

This episode's guest is rowing coach Marlene Royle. As a competitor, Marlene has won major titles in sculling and sweep rowing including a US National Championship, a Collegiate National Championship, and a Head of the Charles title. She was awarded the Melissa Hale Spencer Award at the West Side Rowing Club of Buffalo in 1980 and the Beverly Jean Cook Award while on the Boston University Rowing Team in 1982. She also served as Boston University Crew's Varsity Women's Captain in 1985. In 2000, she set two world records on the Concept2 Indoor Rower. She is a registered occupational therapist, in addition to being educated in physiology, massage therapy, and strength training. Royle’s publications include: Tip of the Blade: Notes on Rowing, Skillful Rowing, and Technical Drills for Sculling. Tech Tips is Marlene's column on the Craftsbury Sculling Center website and her column Training appears monthly in the international journal, Rowing News.

Marlene was among the first coaches in the United States dedicated to masters rowing. For 20 years she coached at the Craftsbury Sculling Center and was the center’s associate director from 2004-2006. From 2005-2009, Marlene was the head coach at the Florida Rowing Center. Currently she coaches at the Whistler Rowing Club, Florida Rowing Center, and offers camps and lessons by arrangement. Marlene is married to Russian author, Sasha Sokolov.

Here is what you will learn in this episode:

  • Marlene's background and education and how this formed her foundation for teaching the rowing stroke.
  • Why she has chosen to focus on the masters demographic
  • Student of occupational therapy, massage therapy, physiology, and strength training
  • The importance of posture in the rowing stroke and why is is the foundation toward transmitting power
  • Hip hinge vs. spinal flexion
  • Using the "diamond frame" | shoulder to oarlock and oar to rigger
  • and much more

Show Notes:

Dec 5, 2016

In this podcast interview I speak with strength coach and owner/operator of Empowered Strength, John Odden. John spent the early part of his career working in a cardiac rehabilitation clinic and physical therapy clinic. John also endured some severe shoulder and neck injuries as well as scoliosis. As a result this shaped his approach to training for himself and for his students and clients.

Here is what you will learn in this episode:

  • John's history and background
  • Experience in cardiac rehab and physical therapy clinics
  • What John incorporates into assessments and evaluations to get a more informed picture
  • Ultimate Athleticism & Max Shank
  • Why a breathing issue is a core issue
  • Andrew Read's Beast Tamer
  • Ian King
  • Highland Games
  • Charles Poliquin
  • Loaded crawls are a staple in his training and why

Show Notes:


Nov 27, 2016

In Episode 048, I had the opportunity to interview Sue Falsone. Sue is a pioneer in the rehabilitation field and we cover some very important ground discussing the shoulder and cervical thoracic junction - two key areas that are either not functionally properly or prone to injury.

Sue Falsone was born in Buffalo, NY. She received her bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Daemen College in Amherst, New York. She continued her education by earning a master's degree in human movement science, with a concentration in sports medicine, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sue has presented at state, national and international level conferences in areas focusing on pillar strength, integration of physical therapy and performance training, and comprehensive kinetic chain assessment and rehabilitation. She's a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS), a certified athletic trainer (ATC), certified orthopedic manual therapist for the spine (COMT) and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Sue worked at Athletes' Performance for 13 years, last serving as the Vice President of Performance Physical Therapy and Team Sport. She worked with the Los Angeles Dodgers for 6 years, last serving as head athletic trainer and physical therapist. She holds the distinction of being the first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major sports in the United States (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA).

She served as Head of Athletic Training and Sport Performance with US Soccer's Men's National Team.

She was named a Distinguished Alumni at Daemen College and has been inducted into her high school's Athletic Hall of Fame (Kenmore West).

Her philosophy includes looking at the athlete as a whole person, working with the entire body to create an optimal environment for healing and performance training.

Structure & Function is a consulting and education business for healthcare clinicians, as well as a consulting company for the athlete. Custom courses as well as business advisory are available.Sports medicine department organization is also an area of consult, building a team to be on the same page in the best interest of the organization and the athlete. Physical therapy, movement evaluation and restoration and performance enhancement are also available for the elite and professional athlete, on an individual basis.

Here is what you will learn in this episode:

  • Sue's background and why she was interested in pursuing the rehabilitative field as a career
  • The Shoulder & Cervical Thoracic Junction
  • Structure vs. Function - how they effect one another
  • Sleeping posture and postural education
  • Considerations for program design and looking at offsetting dysfunctional compensations with reps and sets
  • Pavel Kolar - "Old System" vs. "New System" | Flexion vs. Extension
  • Considerations for rowers and baseball players
  • and much more.

Show Notes:

Nov 21, 2016

Cole Summers is a Senior SFG with StrongFirst. Cole's coaching history includes people from all walks of life and abilities, and he has also been a strength coach for Team Canada Women's National Volleyball Team, National Boxing Team members, Pro boxers, Olympic Hockey Team members, NHL and WHA Pro Team Champions, Manitoba Rugby Union, University of Winnipeg Women's Volleyball Team, University of Manitoba Women's Basketball team, and University of Manitoba track. He is based in Winnipeg, Canada.

Since 2005 Cole has been been guided and supported by world famous Dr. Mauro Di Pasquale. Mauro is a scientific genius, MD, and author. He is a former World Champion, North American, many times Canadian National Champion Powerlifter. I follow and highly recommend Dr. Di Pasquale's books "Metabolic Diet", "Anabolic Solutions", and "Radical Diet". His guidance was and continues to be life changing for me and many champion athletes and ordinary folk.

I am personally very fortunate and grateful to have met Cole in person. He was the Team Leader for my team during my StrongFirst SFG I and he had a tremendous impact on me and how I carry myself as a professional.

Here is what you will learn in this episode:

  • Cole's family lineage and coming from a long line of hockey players
  • Sociological and Cultural changes from the 1970's to present day for men and women
  • Teaching women's self-defense beginning in the 1970's
  • Training high school athletes - what's the starting point for them?
  • Do No Harm
  • The Front Lever - Progressions and Training Recommendations
  • and much more!

Show Notes:


Below are some additional comments and remarks from Cole Summers that he sent me after the interview was recorded and requested they be included for you the reader and listener. Enjoy!

"Many of the StrongFirst Leadership, Masters, Seniors and Team Leaders are highly qualified and internationally respected martial arts instructors. These are people I hold in high esteem. I am honoured to call them my friends and I highly recommend people learn from them.

For example, I spent several summers assisting at John Engum’s martial arts survival camp in Detroit Lakes, MN. StrongFirst Leadership Instructors there included Dr. Ricardo Nieves and Dr. Prentiss Rhodes. I was fortunate to take 2 of Peter Lakatos’ Krav Maga seminars at John Engum’s Academy of Taekwondo in Brainerd, MN.

This past May, I trained in Prague with Pavel Macek of KB5 and Practical Hung Kyun.

I’ve attended StrongFirst Certifications at Steve Milles’ Five Points Academy in New York City. I got to witness great fighters training and coaching there.

I recommend any books from StrongFirst and they can be found here.

My favorite exercises are the overhead press and the front lever. The first time I remember pressing a barbell overhead was in Mahtomedi, MN when I was 13 years old. Over the decades that followed I barbell pressed in my basement, at the lake, and in various gyms. I also enjoyed one arm pressing a 70-100 lb dumbbell overhead while standing on a small cliff overlooking the beautiful lake in NW Ontario where the family cabins are located. I purchased many kettlebells for my school and home after Pavel reintroduced kettlebells to the west in 2001. The overhead kettlebell press quickly became my lift of choice. It is also for many, like myself, the most shoulder friendly of the three. The front lever is meditative for me as I mentioned. However, in my experience, the exercise that gives the most bang for the far... is the kettlebell swing!

I regularly use it with people of all ages and backgrounds...high school kids,doctors,nurses,athletic therapists, chiropractors, lawyers, engineers, police officers, musicians, singers, martial artists, hockey, basketball, volleyball, football players and more. After a winter (or several years) of training with me, which includes thousands of swings, my rugby players, male and female, are far quicker and they can repeat this quickness again and again. This is noticeable by everyone at the rugby park and especially their opponents!

The other big bang mainstay in my coaching is the get-up. Several of my high school kids including members of our multiple Provincial Champion varsity basketball team(s) could perform get ups with the Beast 48kg kettlebell. I feel this helped them in many ways including easily ripping the ball from their opponent when fighting for it overhead."

Nov 14, 2016

Mark Allen is a 6x Ironman World Champion and was the first person to ever win the ITU Olympic Distance World Champion in 1989 in Avignon France. He is also a 10-Time Undefeated Champion of the Nice International Triathlon to name a few of his historic racing accomplishments. In 2012 he was voted “The Greatest Endurance Athlete of All Time” in a worldwide poll conducted by ESPN.

Mark trained and competed during an era where technology was not as prevalent as it is today. Smartphones did not exist yet and heart rate monitor technology was still in its infancy. Equipment and gear was also very different compared to today's carbon fiber frames used for triathlon bikes as well as the actual gear worn by the athletes.

Mark details two of his greatest races and what he was going through mentally and emotionally during his 1989 race against Dave Scott and in 1995 when he made up 13.5 minutes to win his final Ironman World Championship at the age of 37. We spend a large portion of this interview discussing the importance of the mental side to training and racing.

Here is what you will learn in this interview:

  • Mark's collegiate career as a swimmer and what sparked his interest in triathlon
  • Training in an era where technology was not as widely available as it is today
  • The importance of developing an aerobic foundation and being able to race aerobically
  • Why strength training is critical for endurance athletes
  • Dealing with the noise in your mind when training and racing and how to "quiet your mind"
  • Fit Soul Fit Body
  • Brant Secunda
  • Timothy Noakes
  • Approaching training as a practice
  • The Art of Competition and specific quotes

Show Notes:

Nov 6, 2016

In this interview I had the opportunity to sit down with Senior SFG, Pavel Macek. Pavel lives in the Czech Republic and runs a gym called KB5. He has also been a student of martial arts for the majority of his life and continues to practice currently. He began studying Judo initially and then segued into the chinese martial art of Practical Hung Kyun. He also is responsible for running StrongFirst Czech Republic.

Here is what you will learn in this episode:

  • Pavel's background in martial arts and journey to coaching, strength training, and StrongFirst
  • Physical education in school and the impact it had on him as an adult
  • How reading the Naked Warrior changed his perspective on training and tied into martial arts
  • Using Easy Strength as a blueprint for youth students
  • "Untying the chair"
  • Why the first 3 months with a new student are critical and integrating students into group classes
  • "The tool does not matter, the principles behind them are most important."
  • and much more!

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Nov 3, 2016

This is a very special interview with Dean Somerset. Dean and Tony Gentilcore just released a brand new product this week called "The Complete Shoulder and Hip Blueprint". This is a 11+ hour course that is worth 1.1 CEU's through the NSCA. Dean and Tony have put together a phenomenal resource and I've been personally following both their blogs for quite some time. Their experience, insight, and results speak for themselves so I encourage you to check out their new product and their respective websites.

Note: In the interest of transparency it is important to note that I am not receiving anything for mentioning this product. I've followed Tony and Dean's work for a long and it's allowed me to help others and I am paying it forward. Simple as that.

Dean is a personal trainer, author, and international public speaker whose main area of expertise is injury and medical dysfunction management through optimally designed exercise programs. Dean's credentials include:

  • BSc. Kinesiology – University of Alberta
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist - Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist - National Strength & Conditioning Association
  • Medical Exercise Specialist - American Academy of Health, Rehabilitation & Fitness Professionals

Dean has carved a niche for himself by working with individuals who have exited physical therapy and rehab. These individuals are cleared medically to return to work or sports but still may have some underlying dysfunctions or pain that needs to be addressed. Enter Dean!

Dean has written, spoken, and taught extensively regarding the hip and its structure and function. Here is what you will learn in this interview:

  • Dean's background and journey into the health and fitness industry
  • How his experience as an athlete shaped his career
  • Why the hip is a major driver for the knee and low back
  • Why training the hip and improving its strength and function can be a catch all to total body improvements
  • The transference of the athletic ready stance
  • FAI - Femor0acetabular impingement
  • How FAI effects the hips and foot position
  • What happens when the feet are in a fixed position like in a rowing shell or ergometer
  • The Complete Shoulder and Hip Blueprint - what you will learn and why you should invest in this product!

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Oct 30, 2016

Andrew Read has been in health & fitness industry for over 15 years. He is the owner and operator of Read Performance Training located in Victoria, Australia. He is a former Master RKC and currently teaches for Functional Movement Systems.

Andrew's facility is like walking into a time machine. It pays homage to the Turner Halls of the late 19th Century.  Movement and health is the focus. Every person who trains at Read Performance Training undergoes a Functional Movement Screen.

Andrew has a tremendous amount of experience and some of his accomplishments include:

  • Master RKC (Russian Kettlebell Certified instructor – the only Australian ever promoted to this level).
  • Certified Kettlebell Functional Movement Specialist
  • Certified Indian Club Specialist
  • National Director Primal Move
  • Qualified Olympic and Power Coach through the Australian Weightlifting Federation
  • Ironman Triathlete
  • Author for – Blitz, Ultrafit, Inside MMA, International Kickboxer, Oxygen and Breaking Muscle.
  • Lectured in Australia, USA, China and Korea.


Here is what you will learn in this episode:

  • Andrew's background and training in Australia
  • The approach at RPT
  • Writing the book Beast Tamer
  • The Tabata Study
  • Aerobic vs. Anaerobic training and how this leads to burning fat vs. burning sugar
  • 8-7-4-3-2
  • and much more!

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Oct 23, 2016

C. Shante Cofield grew up in Summit, New Jersey, where she was a 4-year varsity athlete, playing soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. During her sophomore year of high school, Shante tore her ACL, MCL, and meniscus, thus introducing her to the world of physical therapy. Shante successfully rehabilitated her knee and went on to play four years of Division I collegiate soccer at Georgetown University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science.

Wishing to combine her passion for movement and health into a career, Shante continued her educational pursuits at New York University, graduating with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) and earning her certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Shante used her time at NYU to focus on sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation and further developed her orthopedic skills via numerous continuing education courses, later becoming a certified Functional Movement Screen (FMS) provider and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) provider. Always thirsty for knowledge, Shante then went on to become a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), demonstrating advanced clinical reasoning, skills, and experience. With a strong clinical foundation, Shante then began looking for ways to better round out her skill set, delving into the world of sports performance. Shante earned her Crossfit Level I Trainer Certification (CF-L1), along with the title of Certified RockDoc after successfully completely both Functional Movement Taping I and II (FMT I, II).

In 2011, Shante expanded her skill set and underwent extensive one-on-one training from private practice owner and pelvic floor specialist, Ann Duffy, MPT. With a desire to be able to treat the entire human body, Shante received training in the treatment of the multitude of female and male pelvic floor pathologies, including but not limited to incontinence, gastrointestinal dysfunction, and pain with intercourse.

A firm believer in the mantra of practicing what one preaches, Shante maintains an active lifestyle as an avid runner and fitness enthusiast. She has completed 2 marathons, is an experienced rock climber, and is a member of CrossFit718.

With her unique skill-set, Shante has experience treating individuals of all ages and levels of functionality, be it the post-partum mother with pelvic floor dysfunction or the elite athlete hoping to set a personal record.

Here's what you will learn in this episode:

  • Shante's background and journey from soccer to PT School
  • Her approach to physical therapy and treatment
  • Who's influenced her
  • RockTape and why it's NOT just a taping seminar, it's a movement seminar!
  • Why the area that hurts is rarely the dysfunctional one
  • Regional Interdependence and Regional Independence
  • FRC, Joint by Joint Approach
  • Passive vs. Active Range of Motion
  • Using tension in a parasympathetic state
  • Ankle and Foot Biomechanics
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Why you must impart stability concurrently with mobility for long term adaptation
  • and much more

Show Notes:

Oct 16, 2016

Danny Sawaya has been a professional in the Fitness and Nutrition field for 17 years. After earning a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona, he conducted research and taught nutritional sciences at the University.  He is a StrongFirst Team Leader, as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. Danny underwent all of his Russian kettlebell training with Pavel Tsatsouline the man who brought kettlebell training to the United States. Danny has worked with strength coaching staff of San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks teaching proper kettlebell form and technique. He has also had the privilege of being the strength coach to Canadian Olympic Mountain Biker and Pan Am Gold Medalist Emily Batty. He has also worked with USA Olympic  Team Mountain Biker Chloe Woodruff.  Danny is the NASA Powerlifting National Record holder for Submasters 181 lbs weight class. He has also broadened his athletic endeavors to the endurance sports and is currently training for the Oceanside 70.3 IronMan in April 2017.  Danny is no longer taking on new clientele as he is focusing all of his attention on developing the programs and the team at Evolution Fitness.

Here's what you will learn in this episode:

  • Danny's background and journey to being a trainer and starting Evolution Fitness
  • What is Powerlifting?
  • Transitioning to endurance sports and the changes Danny underwent
  • Core values of a gym
  • Why you want to lift lighter and with speed in mind vs. grinding reps out
  • "It's all easy until it gets heavy"
  • Setting goals and aligning them with clients values
  • and much more!

Show Notes:

Oct 10, 2016

In Episode 040 of the LEO Training Podcast I interview Mitchell Sadowsky. Mitch Sadowsky is the Director of Golf Fitness at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, FL, working with professional and amateur golfers and athletes on functional, strength and speed training. A member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Mitch is a Level 3 Fitness certified member of the Titleist Performance Institute, and holds certifications as an SFG Kettlebell Instructor, USA Weightlifting Level 2 Advanced Lifting Coach, Sports Performance Specialist, and holds certificates in Functional Movement Systems and Active Isolated Stretching. Some of Mitch’s clients have included PGA touring professionals Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell, European Tour players Maarten Lafeber and Gary Boyd, and Canadian Tour player Charlie Bull.

In addition to Mitch’s role as the Director of Golf Fitness at Lake Nona, he is also owner and president of Mitch11 Strength & Performance. As a part of that role, he works directly as the strength coach for Olympia High School Golf, Florida MOJO Volleyball club, and the Eckerd College Indoor and Sand Volleyball programs.

Mitch attended Ball State University receiving his Bachelors of Arts (1998) and Master's of Science (2000) while competing for the Men's Volleyball Team. Serving as Team Captain during his senior campaign, Mitch played in three Final Four championships while competing at Ball State.

Here's what you will learn in this interview:

  • Mitch's background
  • What to assess for and screen in a golfer
  • Considerations for rotational athletes
  • Thoughts on programming and why we don't want to be sport specific!
  • Working with different demographics: highschool vs. mid 20's vs. middle age athlete
  • Charlie Weingroff and Training = Rehab 3
  • PlanStrong
  • Athletic Development vs. fitness/conditioning
  • Training, travel, and competing
  • How many reps are too many?
  • The similarities between volleyball and golf - "the whipping mechanism"
  • Thoughts on TPI Screen, SFMA, and FMS
  • Deceleration = Control and why this is critical for an athlete!
  • and much more!

Show Notes:

Mitch 11 Strength (Website)

Mitch Sadowsky (Instagram)

Oct 3, 2016

In Episode 039 of the LEO Training Podcast I interview LIFT CEO Chris Blyth. Chris sits down and takes us through his career as a personal trainer and how he came identified some problems in the health and industry that LIFT is addressing. This is a great look into how the advent of technology is helping trainers reach clients in new and exciting ways but also providing a platform that utilizes current technology to provide a better teaching and learning experience for students and trainers.

Here is what you will learn in this episode:

  • Chris's journey from trainer to entrepreneur
  • Some of the problems that trainers typically face due to clients and fluctuations in business during the seasons
  • What is LIFT?
  • How can LIFT be an alternative source of income for trainers?
  • What makes LIFT different than other platforms out there and how can it help students/clients learn proper and safe lifting technique effectively?
  • How the experience works for trainers and students/clients?
  • and much more!

Show Notes:

LIFT Session (Website)

LIFT Session (Facebook)

Sep 26, 2016

In Episode 038 of the LEO Training Podcast I interview my good friend Dan Mahoney. Dan was a former professional baseball player who has transitioned from being an athlete to a trainer. Dan shares his story of being a pitcher and experiencing the Tommy John Injury and Surgery. Dan is also an RKC II, NASM-CPT, and Amazing 12 Coach. This is a fantastic episode for high school and college athletes as well as trainers and parents! Here's what you will learn:

  • Dan's background as a baseball player
  • Being drafted at UConn
  • Examining pitching mechanics
  • Listening to the warning signs
  • Suffering a career ending injury (Tommy John)
  • Becoming a trainer and finding kettlebells
  • The importance of playing more than one sport
  • Thoughts on training rotation for rotational athletes
  • and much more!

Show Notes:

Mahoney Performance Training (Website)

Mahoney Performance Training (Instagram)

Mahoney Performance Training (Facebook)

Sep 19, 2016

In Episode 037 of the LEO Training Podcast I interview Dr. Ed Wittich. Dr. Ed Wittich is a doctor of Osteopathy with a Masters in lower limb biomechanics and a passion for what makes people perform at their best, injury free. Ed is  BAT Logic's in-house expert on Sports Medicine, Athlete analysis and Product Innovation. He has worked with numerous Olympic teams as well as top colleges and schools internationally, he is also a contributor to international rowing publications and conferences and consults with teams and athletes around the world.

Here is what you will learn in this episode:

  • Dr. Ed Wittich's background and education in Osteopathy and lower limb biomechanics.
  • Overview of rowing equipment and how it's changed
  • Special considerations for different demographics of rowers
  • How BAT Logic helps athletes to stabilize and prevent injury
  • Where does rowing stand in currently understanding causes and injury rehab?
  • and much more!

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Sep 16, 2016

In Episode 036 of the LEO Training Podcast I interview Luis Ahrens-Teixeira the President of the Portugese Rowing Federation. Luis is also the co-founder of the Avizaqcua Training Center and a former national team member for Portugal.

In this interview you will learn:

  • Luis background as an athlete and transition to an entrepreneur.
  • The Avizaqcua Team Center
  • Herdade da Cortesia
  • Luis roots in rowing (beginning in 1988)
  • Began rowing as a junior in 1992 and kept going until 2004
  • Bronze medal in 1994 in Indianapolis
  • Selling his car to start his company
  • The history of the Avizaqcua Team Center
  • Why this is the place that athletes and rowing teams come to train and hold their camps
  • and much more...

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Sep 11, 2016

In Episode 035 of the LEO Training Podcast I interview Dr. Jane Thornton. Jane Thornton, MD, PhD is an Olympic rower and World Champion. She earned a PhD in sports and exercise medicine and then completed her MD to put her research into action and rethink healthcare delivery. Focusing on physical activity as both prevention and treatment of chronic disease, Jane has developed educational resources and medical curricula in Switzerland, Luxembourg, the U.K., and Canada. She is also passionate about rowing injuries research and lectures on both topics extensively.


In this interview we focus on rib injuries in rowing, here is what you will learn:

  • Dr. Thornton's background in medicine and career as a rower
  • Movement as medicine and how physical activity can be prevention
  • More rib stress fractures in the 1990's | Change in blade design "the big blade"
  • The 3 Big Theories surrounding Rib Injuries
  • Dr. Anders Vinther
  • Diaphragmatic Breathing
  • Strengthening Imbalances
  • Chronic vs. Acute Injuries
  • EMG Studies on firing patterns of muscles surrounding ribs and shoulder girdle

Show Notes:

Make Your Day Harder (Website)

Dr. Jane Thornton (Twitter)

Management of Rib Pain in Rowers: Emerging Issues

Rowing Injuries : An Updated Review (PDF available for purchase only)

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