Joe DeFranco is the founder and owner of the world-famous DeFranco’s Gym in Austin, Texas. DeFranco’s training techniques have been featured in multiple media sources and outlets. His resume includes NFL players from all 32 teams, Major League baseball players, WWE superstars, UFC fighters, Olympic athletes, and college All-Americans. Joe was inducted into the Personal Trainer Hall of Fame in 2015 in the Trend Setter division. He is the creator of the “Westside for Skinny Bastards” program, which adjusts the philosophies of the Westside Powerlifting Program to fit into the athletic development protocol for less-developed athletes.
Joe DeFranco is currently focused on education, in addition to his highly successful personal training business. He hosts a podcast, the “Industrial Strength Show,” and is the co-creator of the Certified Physical Preparation Specialist (CPPS) certification course. He holds an undergraduate degree in exercise physiology.
Joe shares his “in the trenches mentality” in this episode. He also shares the story of his early gym setup and training techniques, and he details his journey to get to where he is today. Joe also discusses upper body training for athletes, foot training, and even protocols he once used but no longer does.
In this podcast, Joe DeFranco and Joel discuss:
- Joe’s first experience having his own gym.
- What lessons from his early career led to his success in the field.
- The formation of his philosophies that led to “Westside for Skinny Bastards.”
- How his program differs from Westside Barbell.
- Steps to separate yourself from the field in the personal training business.
- Barefoot training.
Podcast total run time is 1:04:40.
Joe can be found at his website
Keywords: personal training, Westside Barbell, strength