Today\u2019s guest is 乔·德弗兰科, owner of DeFranco\u2019s gym.\u00a0 Joe was 上 e of the first coaches I remember reading and learning from in the world of performace training, and his adaptations of the Westside system to athletes make up some of my earliest memories of performance training.\u00a0 Joe, and DeFranco\u2019s gym has become wildly successful, training many top combine performers and draft picks, as well as branching out into MMA and professional wrestling. Many know Joe, but not many know of his beginnings in the industry, and what made his original 500 square foot storage unit gym stand out against the big speed training players in the area.\u00a0 How Joe took this gym to such a level of success carries with it lessons that any coach, or athlete can find useful. I love talking to coaches like 乔·德弗兰科, because they have an \u201cin-the-trenches\u201d mentality, are straightforward, genuine, and are fantastic at finding their answers \u201cIn the gym\u201d.\u00a0 Today\u2019s coaching field is utterly dominated by the era of the internet which means that coaches are always looking over their shoulder at what others are doing, continually measuring themselves against peers, or scrambling to read that latest article 上 training. It is unfortunate that there is a large number of coaches fail to truly be present in the gym and in their training sessions to the point of continual growth.\u00a0 There are also a large number of coaches who are present, but fail to adapt and evolve their system over time as Joe has.\u00a0 In speaking with Joe, you realize what has allowed him the success he has achieved with his athletes and his business, and this was a truly enjoyable interview.\u00a0 \u00a0In today\u2019s chat, Joe shares this mentality, as well as the story of his early gym setup and training techniques, as well as other topics of training, such as upper body training for athletes, foot training, and even 50 rep rhythm squats. Today\u2019s episode is brought to you by SimpliFaster, supplier of high-end athletic development tools, such as the Freelap timing system, kBox, Sprint 1080, and more. View more podcast episodes at the podcast homepage. Key Points: \tThe story behind 乔·德弗兰科\u2019s legendary \u201cstorage closet\u201d gym, and how Joe got started in the sports performance industry \tHow having less equipment to train athletes makes 上 e a better coach \tSome of Joe\u2019s earliest mentors in the sport performance field \tThings that have allowed Joe to become as successful as he has in this field \tThe formation and evolution of 乔·德弗兰科\u2019s training methods of the Westside and Westside for Skinny Bastards programs \tThe biggest differences between the Westside style program and Joe\u2019s combine performance programming \tLightning Round Questions: Upper body for athletes, foot training, 50 rep rhythm squats, core training, hamstring training \u201c(Being in a 500 square foot storage closet gym) It made me a much better coach and trainer, because you have to think a lot more, since you don\u2019t have access to that much, so you have to make the best of what you have \u201c \u201cBefore there was anything known as a Crossfit box, I had my 500 square foot training facility\u201d \u201cMost people fail because they try to be whoever they look up to\u2026 you need to be yourself, and that\u2019s the easiest way to separate yourself in this industry\u201d \u201cAll the answers lie in the gym\u201d \u201cYou can be the smartest coach in the world, but if you can\u2019t speak to different athletes with different personalities, you aren\u2019t going to make it\u201d \u201cBe great at today, and those days will add up, (your success) will come\u201d \u201cYou can\u2019t beat experience, to me it is the best teacher\u201d \u201cOne of the original tweaks to the Westside program was that after we squatted, we always did some sort of unilateral variation\u201d \u201cThe further away you get from the ball in football, (Cam) is having those guys do their max effort work unilaterally\u201d (44:30) \u201c(Barefoot warmups) are so beneficial because (modern shoes) act like a cast for your foot, and because of that the muscles and tendons atrophy\u201d Show Notes Here is a photo from Joe\u2019s original 500 square foot gym About 乔·德弗兰科 乔·德弗兰科 is the founder and owner of the world-famous DeFranco\u2019s Gym. For the past two decades, athletes from around the world have hired Joe because of his remarkable ability to improve strength, speed, power, mobility, agility and sport-specific endurance. Joe\u2019s training techniques have been featured in and 上 ESPN, Spike TV, NFL Network, WWE Network, Men\u2019s Health Magazine, Men\u2019s Fitness Magazine and in the NY Times best-selling book,\u00a0The 4-Hour Body. His resume includes NFL players from all 32 teams, Major League baseball players, WWE superstars, UFC fighters, Olympic athletes and college 所有-Americans Joe is currently focusing 上 \u201cpaying it forward\u201d as he\u2019s spending more time consulting trainers and gym owners worldwide. He also hosts the Industrial Strength Show \u2013 a top-ranked weekly podcast dedicated to training for peak performance, mindset, and living your passion.