EP. 037

Michele Letendre on the Training System that Made Her a Six-time CrossFit Games Veteran

BIO:

All my life I have been around Sport and Art. I was a competitive swimmer then Waterpolo player for many years in my childhood into my teens. I have competed provincially, nationally and internationally in Waterpolo and in some cases as team captain. I studied design in University and nearing the end of my degree is when I found CrossFit and the rest is history.

  • 2011 – 2nd place, Canada East Regional
  • 2011 – 25th Place, Reebok CrossFit Games
  • 2012 – 1st place, Canada east Regional
  • 2012 – 24th Place, Reebok CrossFit Games
  • 2013 – 2nd place, Canada east Regional
  • 2013 – 17th Place, Reebok CrossFit Game• 2014 – 2nd place, Canada east Regional
  • 2014 – 4th Place, Reebok CrossFit Games
  • 2014 – Invitational Team Canada, Competitor, San Jose, CA
  • 2015 – 1st place, East Regional
  • 2015 – 18th Place, Reebok CrossFit Games
  • 2015 – Invitational Team Canada Coach- Madrid, Spain
  • 2016 – 3rd place, East Regional
  • 2016 – 16th Reebok CrossFit Games
  • 2016 – Invitational Team Canada competitor-Toronto, Canada
  • 2017- East Regionals: 4 Regional Athletes
  • 2017- CrossFit Games: 2 Individual athletes (Patrick Vellner and Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault), 1 Teen Athlete: • Marie-Pier Bonneau, 16th place
  • 2018- Multiple Regional Athletes (East, West, Pacific, Europe)
  • 2018- 4 Individual Games Athletes (Patrick Vellner, Laura Horvath, Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault, Willy Georges) 
  • 2018- 2 Masters Games Athletes (Mike Eberts, 40-44 & Michael Laverrière 35-39) 

Websites and Social Media Links:

Website – dekacomp.com
Facebook – Deka Comp
Twitter – @MicheleLetendre
Instagram – dekacomp

Books mentioned:

Practical Programming for Strength Training

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

Une lettre à un adolescent (Letter to a teenager about happiness)

I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings

Podcast mentioned:

Mind Muscle Project: Ep 179 – From elite athlete to elite coach with Michele Letendre


Mind Muscle Project: Ep 203 – What it takes to be the 2018 Second Fittest Man on Earth, Patrick Vellner

 

Resources and People mentioned:

Patrick Vellner

Laura Horvath

Willy Georges

Ben Bergeron

Dan Pfaff

Mat Fraser

Brook Wells

Sara Sigmundsdóttir

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

Serena Williams

Franco Ferrucci

Donald Trump

Maya Angelou

 

Timeline:

0:00 – 4:12 – Robbie Intro’s the show and asks Michele to introduce herself and give us her background

4:12 – 6:40 – Robbie asks Michele who have been the biggest influence on her professionally and personally

6:41 – 14:24 – Robbie asks Michele how she found the transition from being an athlete to becoming a coach?

14:25 – 17:43 – Robbie asks Michele – what are the good and not so good things that she currently sees within the fitness coaching profession, and for the not so good things, what solutions would she offer to counteract them?

17:44 – 22:46 – Robbie asks Michele to outline her training philosophy

22:47 – 28:40 – Robbie asks Michele to outline her training system

28:41 – 32:35 Robbie asks Michele – who have been her biggest influence when it comes to program design?

32:36 – 35:34 – Robbie asks Michele about training the general population at Deka Crossfit

35:35 – 36:20 – Robbie asks Michele how much education she and her team at Deka Crossfit give their general population clients on nutrition and lifestyle

36:21 – 39:50 – Robbie asks Michele what is it like to work with Patrick Vellner and Laura Horvath?

39:51 – 43:03 – Robbie asks Michele how she individualizes the training for her high-level fitness athletes vs her general population clients at Deka Crossfit?

43:04 – 50:08 – Robbie asks Michele what are the biggest lessons she has learned so far in his life?

50:09 – 51:00 – Robbie asks Michele how being a previous Crossfit athlete has helped her with empathy as a coach?


51:01 – 53:17 – Robbie asks Michele does she think if Pat Vellner went full-time as a Crossfit athlete that this could help him reach his maximum potential?

53:18 – 54:10 – Robbie asks Michele what was it like having to communicate with numerous athletes during the 2018 Crossfit games?

54:11 – 55:40 – Robbie asks Michele – does she prefer to train male or female athletes/clients?

55:41 – 58:03 – Robbie asks Michlele what are the main differences between the training of male and female fitness athletes?

58:04 – 1:02:21 – Robbie asks Michele about her thoughts on the 2018 Crossfit games

1:02:22 – 1:04:40 – Robbie asks Michele what was the conversation with Pat like after Day 1 of the games?

1:04:41 – 1:05:53 – Robbie asks Michele what is the interaction like between all the different coaches at the games?

1:05:54 – 1:08:00 – Robbie asks Michele – which athletes at the games surprised her by their performance

1:08:01 – 1:08:51 – Robbie asks Michele for her thoughts on the new competition format for Crossfit1:08:52 – 1:12:46 – Robbie asks Michele for her top and current book recommendations

1:12:47 – 1:13:10 – Robbie asks Michele if she only had 1 year left on planet earth – how would she spend that year and why?

1:13:11 – 1:16:09 – Robbie asks Michele – if she could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

1:16:10 – 1:16:55 – Robbie wraps up the show!

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