Joe Recommends

I thought it would be valuable to provide my website readers with a “recommendation” page that can be used as a TRUSTED resource for all your strength & conditioning needs. I will keep this page updated and add to it whenever I find (or personally develop) something that can be of use to you.

FULL DISCLOSURE:  I may occasionally post “affiliate links” to products and/or services on this page. This means that I will earn a commission (at no additional cost to you) if you decide to click on that link and purchase the product. Please note that I will only recommend products, services and/or companies that I USE & LOVE! Whenever I recommend something – it’s because I know it’s extremely beneficial – NOT because of the small commission I may make if you decide to buy it. Anyone who knows anything about me knows that my reputation means everything to me. If I put my “stamp of approval” on something and post it on this page, you better believe it’s a damn good GREAT product (or service) that’s going to help you in some way, shape or form!

You have my word.
– Joe D.

Training Resources / Continuing Education

  • Get CPPS certified!

    Muscle & Fitness magazine recently featured the CPPS certification and said, “It’s the best curriculum for trainers we’ve ever seen.”  Now it’s time for YOU to see for yourself!

    Become part of our global network of coaches, trainers & fitness enthusiasts and be recognized as a leader in the Strength & Conditioning industry.

    NOTE: We now offer our CPPS certification course online! Our Level 1 course can be found here & our Level 2 course can be found here.

  • DeFranco Insider

    Joe DeFranco & Jim Smith’s membership website dedicated to helping serious lifters, athletes, coaches and fitness fanatics reach their strength, performance and muscle-building potential! Gain instant access to exclusive workouts, videos, audio files, contests, members-only forums and more!

    *Newly added! LIVE Q&A w/ Joe D. & Smitty every Tuesday night 9:00pm – 10:00pm EST.

  • SPECIAL STRENGTH

    Learn how to transfer your “weight room” strength, power & speed onto the athletic field with this one-of-a-kind resource!

    *Product includes: DVD (140+ exercises) & Manual (173 pages)

  • STRENGTH: Barbell Training Essentials

    The most comprehensive resource ever developed on the subject.

    This product contains 3 DVD’s and a 350+ page book that will teach you how to master technique, overcome sticking points and develop superior strength!

  • AMPED WARM-UP

    The best selling warm-up product in the world!

    The 2-Disc AMPED DVD set includes: 155 warm-up exercises, 30 sport-specific warm-up routines & our Quick Reference Guide (which is a small manual that you can take with you to the gym or field.) 

  • SPEED

    Everyone knows that ‘speed kills’. This is the definitive guide for developing speed for team sport athletes. Get fast now!

    *Product includes: DVD & Manual (125 pages)

  • POWER!

    Strength alone just won’t cut it. Develop the ability to display your strength quickly and dominate on the athletic field!

    *DVD provides over 90 eXpLoSiVe exercises used by DeFranco-trained athletes.

  • EXTREME

    Your accessory exercises will no longer be an after-thought once you learn these never-before-seen exercises! This just may be the most innovative training DVD ever created!

  • Hard:CORE

    The most comprehensive core training system in the world!

    This 3-DVD set provides over 260 exercises designed to bulletproof your core!  

    *BONUS DVD contains: Hard:CORE manual (digital PDF File on root of DVD), 30min. mobility routine & Hard:CORE soundtrack! 

  • Complete Athletic Development System

    This is a package that includes ALL of the resources that Joe D. and Smitty have created at a discounted price.  [Incredible value!]

PROGRAMS

  • REBUILT

    This is the program that completely transformed Joe DeFranco’s body & health. It enabled him to reach single-digit bodyfat levels for the first time in 20 years, while simultaneously improving his strength & muscularity.

    REBUILT consists of 3 distinct phases: The Foundational Phase, The Strong Bastard Phase & The Shredded Bastard Phase. *Includes Joe’s weekly meal plan & supplementation protocol!

    Program type = Strength, Aesthetics, Fat Loss

    Program Duration = 12 weeks

    Training Split = varied

    Special Equipment Needed? None. This workout can be done at any “standard” gym that’s equipped with basic barbells, dumbbells, etc.

  • STRONG BASTARD 911

    This program will pack on muscle, increase your strength and keep you motivated!  The “choose your own adventure” programming model allows you to plug in your favorite exercises and customize each workout to your liking – while staying true to the proven SB911 system.

    Program type = Strength, Hypertrophy, Power

    Program Duration = 11 weeks (repeatable)

    Training Split = 4X/week (Upper/Lower split)

    Special Equipment Needed? None. This workout can be done at any “standard” gym that’s equipped with basic barbells and dumbells.

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    BUILT 2 LAST

    This program will increase your strength (utilizing Prilepin’s Chart and submaximal weights) without beating up your joints. It also improves muscularity and body composition via our “strength capacity” circuits. Great for former athletes and washed-up meatheads!

    Program type = Strength, Hypertrophy, Mobility

    Program Duration = 10 weeks

    Training Split = 3X/week (2 Upper Body workouts, 1 Lower Body)

    Special Equipment Needed? None. This workout can be done at any “standard” gym that’s equipped with basic barbells and dumbells. [*Mini Band recommended]

  • BUILT LIKE A BADASS

    This program was designed to improve your strength, endurance and muscularity/body composition. It combines traditional strength training with a variety of unique “finishers” that will take your conditioning to the next level. Police, Fire and Military personnel (along with washed-up meatheads and average Joe’s) have all had tremendous success with this program. 

    Program type = Strength, Body composition, Conditioning

    Program Duration = 12 weeks

    Training Split = 3X/week (2 Upper Body workouts, 1 Lower Body)

    Special Equipment Needed? None. This workout can be done at any “standard” gym that’s equipped with basic barbells, dumbells & cable unit.

Strength Equipment / Accessories

  • Fat Gripz

    Get bigger, stronger arms and develop a crushing grip in record time!

    *Click the image above to purchase your FAT GRIPZ at a discounted price!

  • Stick Mobility

    Take your training to the next level with a progressive approach to mobility and muscle activation!

  • Elitefts Shoulder Saver Pad

    Save your shoulders & increase your strength! [All the benefits of board-pressing without the need of a partner.]

  • Jill Miller's Coregeous Ball

    Increase flexibility, decrease low back pain, improve immune function… The benefits of abdominal massage cannot be overstated. This special tool allows you to gently & safely access your innermost abdominals.

  • Mini Band

    Everyone needs to have a mini band in their gym bag. Period.

Nutrition / Supplementation

  • DeFranco's Nutritional Supplements

    Joe DeFranco & Dr. Tom Bilella have joined forces and developed a line of professional-grade supplements for people that are serious about their training AND their health!

  • Metabolic Meals

    Fresh, all-natural whole foods delivered to your doorstep. ALWAYS gluten free & NEVER prepared with high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, soy or artificial ingredients.