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Episode 133– Michele Letendre


Today we are joined by Michele Letendre of Deka CrossFit. Michele was the most successful coach at the 2018 CrossFit Games. Michele is a six time CrossFit Games veteran herself, and finished fourth in 2014. She is a former collegiate swimmer and national level water polo player. Michele decided to retire from competition after the 2016 season to focus on her coaching career where she now works with top CrossFit athletes across the world. Join us today as discuss training methodology as well as what it was like to retire at the pinnacle of the sport!


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1:40 – Retiring from Competition after reaching the Pinnacle of CrossFit

3:55 – How did people react to Michele’s retirement from competition

8:25 – Should elite athletes workout in a regular CrossFit class?

10:03 – The future of the CrossFit Games

13:15 – How do you truly become a CrossFit Games athlete?

16:08 – The amazing list of athletes that Michele coaches at the games

18:16 – What does Michele tell athletes to bring out the most in them?

20:58 – What are Michele’s top tips for competing at next year’s CrossFit Games

23:24 – What does Michele say to motivate Patrick Vellner?

26:23 – Transitioning from an athlete to a coach successfully

30:37 – Keeping athletes from becoming frustrated while competing

33:27 – How to create fun and creative training sessions for your athletes

36:25 – Geeking out on the CrossFit Games. Who should we be watching next year?

38:19 – What is the key to getting to the CrossFit Games?

42:18 – Planning for goals outside of the CrossFit Games

44:17 – How much training time does becoming a CrossFit Games athlete require?

47:19 – Michele’s training program, Deka Comp

50:28 – Two-Brain Stories with Kalenda Connell




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