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Joe DeFranco's Industrial Strength Show

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World-renowned strength & conditioning coach Joe DeFranco shares his thoughts on training for peak performance, mindset, and living your passion. As the founder and owner of DeFranco’s Gym, he also provides the business knowledge that helped him turn a 500-square-foot storage closet into a global brand. Each week, Joe will educate, motivate and entertain his audience by answering their questions and/or conducting interviews with top athletes, fitness professionals, entrepreneurs, and other highly successful people.

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World-renowned strength & conditioning coach Joe DeFranco shares his thoughts on training for peak performance, mindset, and living your passion. As the founder and owner of DeFranco’s Gym, he also provides the business knowledge that helped him turn a 500-square-foot storage closet into a global brand. Each week, Joe will educate, motivate and entertain his audience by answering their questions and/or conducting interviews with top athletes, fitness professionals, entrepreneurs, and other highly successful people.

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Keep up the great work, Joe!

By chriseskin - Jul 31 2019
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Joe, Thank you for putting together, not only an entertaining show, but also a quality educational show. I run a training studio in Michigan and have been struggling to get my staff motivated to learn outside of what they are taught as new hires. I have been a faithful listener for years, and I thought “I love this show so much, maybe my staff will like it just as much”. Low and behold, my staff is not only engaging in more continued education, but are always referencing your show. Thank you for all that you do to contribute to the growth of not only my staff, but to the growth of the entire fitness community. Keep rocking, Joe! Chris E

Great show

By moe4345 - May 30 2019
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Listened to several fitness podcasts and this show is the best....listen for yourself.

iTunes Ratings

686 Ratings
Average Ratings
657
11
9
3
6

Keep up the great work, Joe!

By chriseskin - Jul 31 2019
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Joe, Thank you for putting together, not only an entertaining show, but also a quality educational show. I run a training studio in Michigan and have been struggling to get my staff motivated to learn outside of what they are taught as new hires. I have been a faithful listener for years, and I thought “I love this show so much, maybe my staff will like it just as much”. Low and behold, my staff is not only engaging in more continued education, but are always referencing your show. Thank you for all that you do to contribute to the growth of not only my staff, but to the growth of the entire fitness community. Keep rocking, Joe! Chris E

Great show

By moe4345 - May 30 2019
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Listened to several fitness podcasts and this show is the best....listen for yourself.
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Joe DeFranco's Industrial Strength Show

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World-renowned strength & conditioning coach Joe DeFranco shares his thoughts on training for peak performance, mindset, and living your passion. As the founder and owner of DeFranco’s Gym, he also provides the business knowledge that helped him turn a 500-square-foot storage closet into a global brand. Each week, Joe will educate, motivate and entertain his audience by answering their questions and/or conducting interviews with top athletes, fitness professionals, entrepreneurs, and other highly successful people.

Rank #1: EP 55: Triple H talks Training, Low-Carb Dieting, Gym Lessons & More!

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In this weeks episode, Paul Levesque [more popularly known as "Triple H"] finally joins the Industrial Strength Show! 

Triple H is a 14-Time World Heavyweight Champion in WWE [World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.]. Not only that, he is also WWE's Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events & Creative. Needless to say, he's a busy man. Joe recently got to sit down with Triple H to discuss a wide variety of topics that included: Training, Low-Carb Dieting, Productivity, Gym Lessons, Stephanie McMahon's Negotiating Skills, Pedigree-ing Joe D. onto a pile of broken glass [WTF?!] and much, Much MORE! This 1hr 15min discussion is informative, entertaining, and just downright badass! 

Mar 31 2016
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #2: #227 How To Intelligently Rotate Exercises, 3 Badass Bodyweight Movements You Gotta Try & More!

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Joe kicks off the show by introducing this week's sponsor, then he shares some fun stories from the amazing time he and Ashley had at Triple H's 50th Birthday party. After the show intro, Joe answers 2 training questions: The first question is from a listener who's confused about the theory of "muscle confusion" :)) He wants to know if it's better to constantly "switch things up" or will too much variety hinder his progress? The second question comes from an advanced lifter who's going on a 2-week business trip and wants to "get a sick pump" each day...but the problem is he only has 20-30 minutes and ZERO access to weights or equipment. (Joe ends up creating a solution to the problem by turning 3 ordinary bodyweight movements into 3 extraordinary, pump-producing muscle-builders!) You definitely don't want to miss this episode! For Show Notes & Timestamps goto www.IndustrialStrengthShow.com
Aug 08 2019
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #3: Episode 135: Adjusting Macros to Build Muscle & Lose Fat

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After a 9-week hiatus, Dr. Tom returns to the Industrial Strength Show! This week, Joe and Dr. Tom discuss the following topics:  How to adjust macros to reach your personal goals; Post-Workout macronutrient ratio guidelines; "Nutrient Partitioning"; Strength training guidelines for athletes that compete in weight-class sports; The 7 Biomarkers of Longevity; DeFranco's Nutritional Supplement SALE...and MORE! For Show Notes & Timestamps goto www.IndustrialStrengthShow.com
Oct 19 2017
58 mins
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Rank #4: #45 Preventing Hamstring Pulls & The TRUTH About Fasted Morning Cardio!

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In this first episode of 2016 Joe D. discusses TWO hot training topics! First, he reveals 5 of his tried-and-true methods for drastically reducing an athlete's probability of pulling a hamstring. Then, he reveals the truth behind the fat-burning effects of performing your cardio first thing in the morning on an empty stomach! Will you reach your fat-burning goals faster by performing your cardio in a "fasted" state...or is it a bunch of "fitness industry hype"? You will know the answer after listening to this information-packed episode! All this, plus George DeFranco stops by to let everyone know what's pissing him off now! 

Jan 07 2016
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #5: EP 140: Jeff Cavaliere on Work Ethic, Youtube Success, Nutrition & More!

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This week, Joe sits down with Jeff Cavaliere - a professional sports physical therapist and strength coach, and the creator of ATHLEAN-X. Topics of discussion include: How Jeff got started in the fitness industry; Jeff's first "big break"; How he's successfully used youtube to market his business; The process involved in creating a quality youtube video; The difference between "having a job" vs "working"; Common gym mistakes that lead to injury; Jeff's personal approach to training and nutrition...and Much MORE! For Show Notes & Timestamps go to www.IndustrialStrengthShow.com
Nov 22 2017
1 hour 35 mins
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Rank #6: #226 From High-Tech Sport Science to the Bare Essentials: How Chad Dennis produces consistent results!

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This week Joe sits down w/ Cameron Josse and the Head Performance Coach of XFL's Seattle team - Chad Dennis. Highlights from their conversation include: The difference between the "sport science" and "strength & conditioning" staff at the professional level; How to effectively use GPS data to improve training/programming; If Chad could use only 1 piece of technology to improve health/performance what would it be; The power of communication; The link between health & performance; The importance of "speaking your clients language"; Chad's [unusual] training philosophy; The bare essentials that every weight room needs; One of the biggest mistakes young gym owners make when equipping their gym; The greatest thing that Cameron has learned from working with Joe; The importance of context; Chad's new role as Head Performance Coach of the XFL's Seattle team...and much more! For Show Notes & Timestamps goto www.IndustrialStrengthShow.com
Aug 01 2019
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #7: EP 128: Brian MacKenzie on the Benefits of Nasal Breathing, Down regulation & More!

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This week Joe interviews world-renowned human performance specialist - Brian MacKenzie. Brian has studied performance and movement since 2001 with altitude, hypoxia, breathing mechanics & methods, along with heat and cold exposure. While listening to this week's podcast, you will hear Brian discuss the following topics: What it takes to complete a 100-mile run; The unique way in which Brian utilizes the "Training Mask"; The importance of nasal breathing; The affect that mouth-breathing has on your immune system; Step-by-step instruction through one of Brian's favorite breathing protocols...and much, Much MORE! 

For Show Notes & Timestamps go to www.IndustrialStrengthShow.com

Sep 07 2017
1 hour 27 mins
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Rank #8: EP 63: Dr. Tom Bilella talks Nutrition - One size fits nobody!

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In this weeks episode, Joe sits down with his longtime friend and nutrition guru - Dr. Tom Bilella. Topics of discussion include: The 40 nutrients you need every day; The common mistake most athletes make when trying to get leaner; The importance of understanding "nutrient timing"; Eating for "performance" vs. eating for "health"; Dr. Tom's 3 Rules for Fat-Burning; Is it bad to eat before bed; The right way vs. the wrong way to cleanse the body; Food Allergy vs. Food Sensitivity; Dr. Tom's list of foundational supplements; 3 things you can do TODAY to improve your health...and much, Much MORE! 

For Show Notes & TIMESTAMPS goto: www.IndustrialStrengthShow.com

May 26 2016
59 mins
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Rank #9: #39 Donnie Thompson Talks Strength, Mobility, Fatbells...and his cold, hard "Ex-Wife"!

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In this weeks episode, Joe sits down with the first man to ever total 3000 pounds in the sport of Powerlifting - Donnie Thompson! Besides being one of the strongest men on earth, Donnie is also an innovator and trendsetter in the Strength & Conditioning industry. He's the creator of the Thompson Fatbell (a "kettlebell-like" implement with the handle re-positioned inside the bell), the Thompson FatBar, and the Thompson FatPad. But the "creation" that just may stand out more than all the rest is Donnie's "body tempering" technique. During this interview, you will learn exactly HOW Donnie came up with this technique and WHY it works so well. You will also find out how you can incorporate it into your own training. In addition, Donnie shares his #1 "self care" technique that EVERYONE should be doing for their overall health and longevity - regardless if you're a pro athlete, housewife, 50-year-old executive, or weekend warrior. You will also learn about the many benefits of training with "Fatbells"...and much, Much MORE!

Nov 25 2015
1 hour 28 mins
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Rank #10: Episode 152: Dr. John Rusin: Long-term Gainz Without the Aches & Pains!

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This week, Joe sits down with Dr. John Rusin. Together, they discuss a variety of topics including: Strategies for reducing pain, increasing strength and living healthier; How "corrective exercises" SHOULD be implemented; The 6 phases of a proper warm-up; The daily activity that everyone with low back pain should be doing; The 6 foundational movement patterns that should be the cornerstone of everyone's training; John's evaluation process with new clients...and Much MORE! For Show Notes & Timestamps go to www.IndustrialStrengthShow.com
Feb 15 2018
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #11: #35 Uncommon Set/Rep Schemes Proven to Accelerate Gains!

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In this weeks episode, Joe helps you get out of the "3 sets of 10" rut by sharing some unique methods that'll make your training more fun and productive! While listening to this episode you will learn: How focussing on "total volume" [as opposed to a specific set/rep scheme] can help you overcome sticking points and pack on muscle like never before; Joe's specific formula for performing 2.5X the pull-up volume that you're usually capable of doing; How Joe uses "time" & "EMOM's" in his programs to increase strength, power and work capacity; How to easily complete 15 reps [or more] with 85-90% of your 1RM; Why you should periodically replace your specific rep prescriptions with an "undetermined" amount of reps [performed in a specific timeframe]; The benefit of occasionally performing your reps "as fast as possible"; How & Why you should incorporate "ascending & descending pyramid sets" into your training; The "magic number" of warm-up reps that you should never exceed [doing so will bring your strength gains to a screeching halt]; Joe's exclusive warm-up protocol guaranteed to help you hit a PR next time you're in the gym...and much, Much MORE! 

Oct 29 2015
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #12: #30 The TRUTH About Six-Pack Abs! [You've Been Lied To]

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On this weeks show, Joe cuts through all of the fitness industry bullsh*t and reveals the truth regarding core training and developing "six-pack" abs. While listening to this podcast you will learn: The #1 function of the core [knowing this will have a dramatic affect on your training]; Why 99% of the core training DVD's and resources in the fitness industry are "missing the boat" regarding true core training; The method and the madness behind Joe D's simple [yet highly effective] "Core Training Pyramid"; Why you should re-learn how to breathe and the huge implications it will have on your core strength, mobility, and your ability to recover between workouts; Practical & Proven ways to incorporate "diaphragmatic breathing" into your workouts and everyday life [without wasting valuable training time or boring the hell out of yourself]; Why learning how to "brace" properly just may be the best core "exercise" you can do; Why "anti-movement patterns" should represent the majority of your direct core work in the gym; Why "loaded carries" are a staple in all of Joe D's programs - whether he's training an athlete or "average Joe"...and much Much MORE! 

Sep 24 2015
56 mins
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Rank #13: #2 Addressing The Elephant In The Room!

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In this episode, Joe D. discusses the biggest obstacle he had to overcome when opening his original storage closet "gym".
This leads to an epic rant about his first encounter with "Mrs. Jones". Joe then spends the rest of the show answering questions on a variety of topics 
which include: In-season training, the importance of having "Indicator exercises" in your program, and the most efficient ways to develop both aerobic 
and anaerobic capacity...plus much, much more.
Mar 12 2015
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #14: #198 Building Strong, Resilient Firefighters & Soldiers w/ Matt Wenning

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This week Joe is joined by record-setting powerlifter, private strength coach and owner of Ludus Magnus gym - Matt Wenning. Topics of their conversation include: How Matt got his first opportunity working with members of our military; How Matt helped identify weaknesses in thousands of soldiers; The benefits of the "Wenning Warm-up"; Why Matt prefers a Conjugate system; How to keep your training intensity high without overtraining; The biggest difference between training policeman & firefighters vs members of the military; Implementing "traction-based" exercises (and why they're important); Matt's "Go To" exercises & equipment; Most common mistakes most lifters make...and much, Much MORE!   For Show Notes & Timestamps goto www.IndustrialStrengthShow.com
Jan 17 2019
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #15: #160 Most Effective Exercise Pairings for Improving Joint Health, Nutrition Hack for Overeaters & More!

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This week Joe D. discusses three separate topics. 1 - How/why you should manipulate your upper back training volume if your workout is going to include any kind of overhead pressing. 2 - The hack Joe recommends to all "fat bastards" who have a tendency to overeat at dinner. 3 - Joe's Top 6 exercise pairings for improving joint health and mobility... Plus Joe's bonus "#bestsupersetever" recommendation!   For Show Notes & Timestamps visit www.IndustrialStrengthShow.com
Apr 19 2018
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #16: #1 Let's Get This Party Started

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In this episode, Joe D. discusses his vision for the podcast and explains the "Industrial Strength" lifestyle. He concludes the show with a 40-minute Q&A where he answers YOUR questions on a wide range of training topics. Topics include his Top 5 lifts for building the bench, squat and deadlift, as well as optimal base-stealing technique for baseball players, and he even reveals his secret (stimulant-free) pre-workout supplement stack...and much, much more! 

Mar 04 2015
1 hour 26 mins
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Rank #17: #197 The 8 Most Effective Strength Exercises of All Time!

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Joe kicks off this week's show with 5 announcements regarding future projects, seminars and podcasts. He then shares an interaction he had with a listener he met at Whole Foods... This segue's into an important lesson for all personal trainers, coaches, business owners and leaders.   The second half of the show is spent determining the 8 most effective strength exercises of all time. These exercises are based on 4 main criteria: minimal technical skill, maximal muscular recruitment, "joint-friendliness" & practicality.   For Show Notes & Timestamps goto www.IndustrialStrengthShow.com
Jan 10 2019
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #18: #159 How I Trained Triple H & Stephanie McMahon for Wrestlemania 34

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Joe gives a recap of his trip to New Orleans and answers questions regarding Triple H & Stephanie McMahon's Wrestlemania prep. Specific  topics of discussion include: The biggest difference in Triple H's programming this year; Joe outlines Triple H's weekly template; Joe provides a sample Dynamic-Effort Lower Body workout; The specific method Joe used to pack muscle on Triple H's upper back & shoulders (without stressing his joints); How/Why Farmers Walks were used so frequently in this year's training; The additional mobility work that was added to Triple H's training this year; The specific type of cardio Triple H performed during his final 8 weeks of Wrestlemania prep; Joe gives an overview of Stephanie's weekly training schedule...and Much MORE!    For Show Notes & Timestamps goto www.IndustrialStrengthShow.com
Apr 12 2018
1 hour 34 mins
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Rank #19: Episode 119: Bret Contreras, PhD - More Than Just "The Glute Guy"

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This week, Joe sits down with the world's leading expert on glute training - Bret Contreras. But don't be fooled, Bret isn't just "The Glute Guy". He's got a PhD in Sports Science and is very well-versed in all things related to muscle-building and sports performance. During this conversation, Joe and Bret discuss a wide array of topics which include: How Bret became obsessed with glutes; Top 5 exercises to build the glutes; High-rep vs Low-rep training; Bret's in-house EMG experiments; Heavy sled training; Vertical jump discussion; "Bro Science"; Insecure people on social media and in the fitness industry...and Much MORE! 

For Show Notes & Timestamps go to Joe DeFranco's Industrial Strength Show

Jun 29 2017
1 hour 29 mins
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Rank #20: Episode 147: Programming Unilateral Exercises & Micro-dosing Your Workouts w/ Cameron Josse

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The first half of this week's show is dedicated to unilateral training. Cameron Josse discusses why he's added more unilateral work into his athlete's programs, how his current template differs from the "original" DeFranco's template, and the benefits of max-effort unilateral exercises. Joe also shares some lesser-known benefits of unilateral training for the "over 40" crowd. The second half of the show is dedicated to "micro-dosing" and how both Cameron and Joe have recently experienced better gains from doing LESS. 

For Show Notes & Timestamps go to www.IndustrialStrengthShow.com

Jan 11 2018
1 hour 14 mins
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