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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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!

Show Notes:

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...

Show Notes:


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)

Sep 3, 2016

In Episode 034 of the LEO Training Podcast I interview Brett Jones.

Brett Jones is StrongFirst’s Chief SFG Instructor and is an FMS Advisory Board Member. He is also a Certified Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. He is based out of Pittsburgh, PA. Brett holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from High Point University, and a Master of Science in Rehabilitative Sciences from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

We cover just about everything in this podcast interview that is just under two hours!

Here's what you will learn:

  • Brett's roots as an athletic trainer and transitioning into the strength and conditioning field.
  • How kettlebells helped Brett rehab from a low back injury
  • Brett hit all of his personal records after his back injury
  • The Brettzel
  • Anatomical and Biomechanical breathing
  • Why speed hides and it's good to move slow!
  • Kettlebells from the Ground Up 1 & 2
  • Dynami
  • The Four Knots
  • Why Strength symmetry is important?
  • What are pitfalls of the SFG I and SFG II that people run into during training?
  • Indian Club Swinging and how it can be a great compliment to hardstyle training
  • The Return of the CK-FMS
  • and more!

Show Notes:

Applied Strength (Website)

Brett Jones (Twitter)

Applied Strength (Facebook)

Kettlebells from the Ground Up 1

Kettlebells from the Ground Up 2


Club Swinging Essentials

Indian Clubs Online Course

SFG Level I Prep Guide

SFG Level II Prep Guide

The 3 Pillars: How to Build Skill While Being Real


Aug 29, 2016

In Episode 033 of the LEO Training Podcast I interview StrongFirst Team Leader, Martine Kerr. Martine holds a variety of certifications and has been in the industry for over 20 years. Her background is in marketing and she also holds an MBA! Martine has an incredible gift as a technical coach as well as utilizing social media to help communicate and teach the world about safe and proper kettlebell instruction.

Martine holds certifications from the following organizations StrongFirst Team Leader (SFG TL), StrongFirst Bodyweight Instructor (SFB), CK-FMS, Yoga Tune Up ® Instructor, Flexible Steel Specialist Instructor, Ground Force Method National Instructor, RKC, WCO Levels 1 & 2, CrossFIT Level 1 + Mobility + Kettlebell Trainer, TPI Certified Golf Fitness Professional, TRX, TRX Sports Medicine, Vinyasa Yoga, ACE Group Fitness, REPS, MBA.

Here is what you will learn in this episode:

  • Martine's background in marketing/business and transitioning into health/fitness
  • Being involved in ice hockey, dance, and gymnastics as a youth and how that shaped her
  • What it's like being a native of Canada and living/working in Dubai
  • Why you DO Not Need a Gym!
  • Her work with hockey players
  • How the video angle really effects the presentation of a technique/skill/lift on social media
  • Why it is so important to know your brand and your audience.
  • The content strategy Martine employs: 70% value/20% personality / 10% promotion
  • Why "Nobody Owns Fitness"
  • Martine's current project she is working on!
  • and much more!

Show Notes:

Kult Fitness (website)

Kult Fitness ( Facebook)

Kult Fitness (Instagram)

Aug 22, 2016

In Episode 032 of the LEO Training Podcast I interview Louka Kurcer, SFG II, SFB, FMS and Flexible Steel Instructor.

Louka and I discuss the difference between flexibility and mobility. We also explain why it is important to incorporate both mobility and flexibility into your strength training. Louka explains the value of striking the balance between being flexible and strong.

Here's what you will learn in this episode:

  • Louka's journey to strength
  • Why it's important to include flexibility work into your training
  • Mobility vs. flexibility
  • Plan Strong
  • How Power to the People Changed Louka's life
  • Louka owns a school, not a gym! (Hardstyle Kettlebell)
  • Why it's important to balance strength and flexibility
  • and much more!!

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Aug 15, 2016

In Episode 031 of the LEO Training Podcast I interview physical therapist, 3x US Olympian and 4x World Champion, Bob Kaehler. Bob and I discuss a ton of topics focused around rowing as well as his experiences on the national team training under three different coaches.

Bob has also invented a piece of training equipment called the Body Band-It. This tool helps teach individuals spine control and how to develop strength and power.

Here is what you will learn in this episode:

  • Bob's entry point into athletics at 9 years old
  • Rowing in college at Rutgers and pursuing physical therapy
  • His work in a hospital and a physical therapy clinic
  • His thoughts on weight training and the results it provided
  • Bob's success training under 3 different national team coaches: Igor Grinko, Mike Spracklen, and Mike Teti
  • Why control of the trunk system is so important
  • The Body Band-It system and how it mimics what your spine does
  • and much more!

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Aug 7, 2016

In Episode 030 of the LEO Training Podcast I am joined by High Performance Strength and Conditioning Coach for the NOC*NSF, Theo Pickles.

Theo is a high performance strength and conditioning coach focused on elite development athletes. While development athletes are his primary area of focus he also works with established athletes.

These sports include
- Rowing (Senior Dutch National Team)
- Swimming (development and senior Dutch National Team),
- Equestrian (senior Dutch National Team),
- Ice Hockey (CTO) Eindhoven High Tecs, development Youth Team),
- Gymnastics (Senior Dutch Team) and
- Trampoline (Senior Dutch Team).

Theo's specialties include: Strength and Conditioning Coaching, Olympic lifts, power development, speed development, youth development, rugby and collision sports.

Here's what you will learn in this episode:

  • Theo's background
  • Prescribing training load throughout the year
  • Development of strength in an endurance environment
  • Use of RSI
  • Recommendations for club/recreational rowers vs. high performance athletes
  • Paying attention to soreness and stiffness from training sessions
  • Boat speed after strength sessions
  • Why it's important to do the same type of sessions in your sport and the gym on the same day
  • Do not prescribe specific weights.
  • Being a generalist
  • and much more!

Show Notes:

Theo Pickles (Twitter)


Aug 1, 2016

In Episode 029 of the LEO Training Podcast I sat down with Sarah Black, lead athletic therapist for Rowing Canada. Sarah works with the Men's National Team in Canada and works with the athletes on injury prevention and rehabilitation. The training center has a really unique environment in that she is afforded the ability to observe the athletes in the rowing shell, on the ergometer, in the gym and in a clinical setting. This environment is unique and provides the team constant feedback into the health and state of the athletes.

Here is what you will learn in this episode:

  • Sarah's background into athletics
  • The sports and athletes she works with
  • How a centralized location and training center provides continuity and consistency
  • What is FRC (Functional Range Conditioning)?
  • Most common injuries she sees on the rowing team
    • Prevention strategies
    • Rehab strategies
  • Special considerations for junior rowers vs. elite vs. masters
  • Why people must have pre-requisites of movement first before they focus on whole movement patterns
  • and much more.

Show Notes:

Sarah Black (Twitter)

Rowing Canada

Functional Range Conditioning

Jul 25, 2016

As I continue with my ramp up towards the Rio Olympics this week's guest will be another individual with a rowing background: Adam Kreek.

Adam Kreek is a 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist. He is also a journalist, adventurer, and social entrepreneur.

During his 13-year rowing career, Adam won over 60 medals, including 43 gold medal performances.  In 2013, Adam made the first ever attempt to row unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to America, the subject of the NBC Dateline Documentary, Capsized.

Adam is a Journalist with CBC Sports and writes about health, wellness and strategies for peak performance.  An engineer by training, Adam Chairs the Board of Directors of Greasecycle, a Biodiesel start-up company on Vancouver Island.  Adam is also a Champion with the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, an organization dedicated to bettering health through science-based strategies.

Adam holds a degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Hydrology from Stanford University.

Adam and his team at Kreek Speak have found their purpose: to offer relevant, powerful, and transformative teaching on Personal Leadership and effective Teamwork.  The method?  Communicate key lessons on high performance, framed in compelling narratives and supported by cutting edge research. This formula changes perspectives, behaviours and ultimately, organizational culture.


Here's what you will learn in this episode:

  • Adam's work on an oil rig
  • Attending University of Victoria
  • 2004 Olympics
  • Stanford University
  • Build to 2008 Olympics
  • Cross Atlantic Ocean Row
  • Adam's work as a journalist, speaker, and ambassador
  • Open water rowing vs. rowing
  • Establishing a habit
  • How long it takes to adapt
  • Dynamic vs. static rowing machines
  • Rowing Injuries
  • "The goal remains but the path has changed"
  • Martin McElroy vs. Mike Spracklen
  • Sarah Black
  • His current work and business

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