LT 095 | My SFGII Preparation & Experience – Joe DeLeo

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In this week’s podcast interview my good friend Allan Phillips takes over the reins as guest host of the LEO Training Podcast to interview me.

I share my journey and preparation for the StrongFirst Level II Kettlebell Certification that I attended in King of Prussia, PA on September 23-24, 2017. You will learn what specific training protocols I utilized to prepare for the certification. In addition to my preparation I also recorded a short 15-20 minute recap of my experience with my good friend Dr. Matt Rice. Matt and I attended the SFG II together and provided a breakdown of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions of the weekend with an improptu interview we conducted in the hotel room.

Here are 3 Key Takeaways you will learn:

  • Why I made the choice to lose 30 pounds and go from 211 pounds to 181 pounds. This all started when I met Mark Allen at the Fit Soul-Fit Body Seminar April 29-30, 2017. Note: This has nothing to do with the SFG II Strength Standard and was influenced by several health and training factors.
  • The impact endurance training has on strength training and balancing these 2 energy systems.
  • How much the SFG II Certification enrichs and deepens your knowledge of the kettlebell.

Mark Allen, 6x Ironman World Champion and Me. Photo was taken Saturday April 29, 2017 and I was 211 pounds.

Interview Topics:

  • SFG II Prep
  • My background
  • Why I decided to lose 30 pounds and go from 211 pounds to sub 185 for the SFG II
  • How I lost the body fat through diet and aerobic training
  • How moving 1200 miles, changing cities, starting a new job, and training has a massive effect on one’s stress levels.
  • Rapid Fire
  • SFG II Weekend with Matt Rice
    • Impact of travel
    • Thoughts/Feedback on Day 1
    • Thoughts/Feedback on Day 2
    • How our preparation fared with the demands of the weekend


4 reps at 32kg at 197 lbs on June 14

5 reps @32kg at 181 pounds on Nov 2, 2017

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