When he's not seeing one of his patients at his chiropractic practice, Dr. Ken Leistner eats, sleeps, writes about and dreams about physical training. Known for his extremely intense training sessions, "Dr. Ken" practices what he preaches. This 60 year old eccentric training machine claims to have the maturity level of a 19 year old. Just a few years ago, Ken barbell squatted 407 lbs. for an unbelievable 23....yes, that's 23.... perfectly executed repetitions!! And study the photos, this is not a behemoth, nor performance-drug-enhanced monster. Ken tipped the scales at somewhere close to 160 lbs. when he performed that set.
In the past, when he hasn't been training, he's been writing about training in publications like "Physical Development", "H.I.T. Newsletter", "HardTraining", "Powerlifting~USA" and his own, "The Steel Tip Newsletter". He's also an entertaining speaker at strength and conditioning clinics.
And, when he's not squatting or hoisting large objects like say, an engine block, he may be training with the kids and youth from his neighborhood...or a long list of collegiate and professional athletes whom he's trained.
Dr. Ken worked on and off for Nautilus creator Arthur Jones and trained in the Deland, Florida training center in the 1970's that was to become the Nautilus Sportsmedicine empire....where he met up with Ellington Darden, Kim Wood, Dan Riley and many others.
Lately, Ken has helped in the design of what's known as the LOGBAR...which is a very interesting piece of strength equipment that can be acquired through www.functionalhandstrength.com, a company owned by Kim Wood's son, John Wood.
ASAP~Athletic Strength And Power caught up with Dr Leistner between patients just the other night and the digital tapes were rolling. The phone lines gave us a weak signal that night....but Dr. Ken sure didn't! By the way, this is the uncut version of the interview and may be rated PG-13 for language and training content. Click on the little white triangle for The Ken Leistner Interview---Part One.Download leistner_part_one.mp3
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