Bravado, Defiance, Swag…. Bostonians Demonstrate It Is Not An Act

Bravado, defiance, swag,  call it whatever you would like, but positive, strong attitudes can help get us through the worst of times.

Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Small market radio talk show entertainer, Steve Corbett, intimated  with smug disdain that those in Boston were putting forward a false front of toughness, trying to show they weren’t hurt by whathappened at the Boston Marathon on April 15th.  He used the analogy of the boxer who takes a hard hit, but smiles and claims he or she isn’t injured –  and how he Steve Corbett didn’t like it.

Steve Corbett is an entertainer and his whole radio shtick is based upon pseudo-machismo; from yelling at callers, to demeaning nicknames for candidates and politicians, to banning Facebook posters, to not allowing comments on his blog postings,  to his snarling picture with his fists up in a boxing stance, all the way to his scowling catch phrase “you better listen” — Steve Corbett is the embodiment of an insecure man putting on an over-the-top tough guy act.

The difference between his act,  and those in Boston, is that Bostonians are not simply acting —  they are tough and more importantly they are strong.  Boston is a metropolitan area made up of a working class background and while they may be smiling and shaking their heads, none are claiming they are not hurt.  They, better than those who have been observing, know they have been both physically and emotionally damaged.  What they are demonstrating to the world is that they are wobbled, but not knocked down —  that they took a potentially debilitating hit, but they aren’t going to let it collapse them — that they will not allow an act of terrorism to cause them tremble.

Boston Strong

Boston Strong (Photo credit: Dillsnufus)

It amazes me that in the face of tragedy when one, or in this case a region, stands firm, there will be someone who wants to turn their strength into weakness.  That there will be a person or people who desire to derail their positive energy with negative commentary.  That there are those who actually yearn they should stay beaten down, stay afraid, to cower and beg for help because the Steve Corbetts of the world can’t understand true strength, factual fortitude and genuine resolve.

I pray for those affected by this tragedy, and I also admire those who continue to move forward, who won’t go down, who won’t allow terrorism to make them cower in fear, and who would laugh at the hyperbole of people who do nothing  more than talk, but never take action.

I respect those who are Boston Strong!


We are pleased to announce that Physical Culturist and Chiropractor Doc Joe Leonardi will be a guest of The David Madeira show, Tuesday August 7th at 8:00am

The David Madeira show can be heard in Northeast Pa on 94.3 FM the talker.  It can also be heard streaming on the internet at

Doc Joe will be discussing his book Obesity Undone and spreading the message of UN-complicating weight loss and fitness.

Weight loss is a side effect of fitness — fitness is not the end result of weight loss. Undo obesity and don’t simply lose weight — gain health and live the better life.

Obesity Undone is available at in both paperback ($20.00) and kindle version $9.99).

Physical Culturist & Chiropractor Dr. Joe Leonardi is available for media interviews, you may contact him via email or phone (570) 760-6121 and don’t forget to check out his website

Steve Corbett: NEPA’s Enemy of the State of Health and Fitness

I used to write a weekly post entitled Enemies of the State of Health & Fitness (ESHF). The weekly posting was a serious look at public people I viewed, in my opinion,  as contributing to our nation’s obesity epidemic.  I received a lot of flack because of what was perceived as personal attacks.  The posts were taking to task certain individuals for their contributory words or actions that were detrimental to people’s health and wellness.  So, in an effort to take the edge of my image I made a conscious effort to dial it down a bit and even discontinued my ESHF weekly postings.

The kinder and gentler version Fat Then Fit Now’s respect for others has been met with mostly negative reviews.  People have emailed and called me telling me they like the my harder edged comments and writings.  I was told that in an effort to be nicer, I allowed others to give unchallenged and often times, erroneous information.

I thought long and hard about both the compliments and criticisms I received.  I did give other viewpoints due respect, even when that point of view was well of the mark and perhaps, unintentionally gave the perception that I agreed with the misinformation.   Well those days are over.  While I will continue to aspire to be respectful, I will no longer bite my tongue to the point that my taste buds are covered in scar tissue.

So, without further delay, I bring back ENEMIES OF THE STATE OF HEALTH & FITNESS . Today, I reboot the franchise with WILK talk jock Steve Corbett. Perhaps the worst kept secret in my little world is the low regard in which I hold Steve Corbett.  His negativity and hate based entertainment show is perhaps the prime example of how a bottom feeder plays into other people’s fears and lot in life to boost one’s own interest.  I have written extensively on the negative effects negative energy produces.  Today, his negativity is not the reason for his heading the new and improved ESHF.  No, the reason Steve Corbett heads the reintroduction of ESHF is because of his healthful eating hypocrisy and over the top promotion of lard layering food and drink.

So Good Soy Milk

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From Steve Corbett’s mouth a fountain of misinformation flows forth spouting the supposed virtues of his extreme vegetarian views.  He proclaims with pseudo-expert aplomb that meat is bad and soy based tofu is good.  He promotes this in the face of many studies that demonstrate that soy’s benefits have been overstated and that in men, soy can have many detrimental effects including; thyroid issues, estrogen like effects and decreased testosterone levels. Even if I believed that a vegetarian diet was in fact healthy; Steve does not present an outward appearance of physical vitality such as high carb, vegan advocate Harley “DurianRider” Johnstone.

However, what is worse is that the self proclaimed promoter of healthful living spends so much of his programing promoting unhealthy eating and drinking choices.  He waxes poetic about drinking wine nightly, for a few pieces of silver he endorses foods that are nothing more than over-processed starch and sugar products and extolls his haphazard exercise regiment. Combined, his attitudes will promote the ever expanding waistlines of Northeast Pennsylvania’s citizens, leading them to the fate of obesity, type II diabetes and a lower quality of life.

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Steve will vilify the sport of mixed martial arts, desiring to ban contests in the entire country.  Yet, he will ignore the simple fact that fewer people will die or suffer life changing injuries  in an MMA contest  than will suffer and die from obesity related ailments.  So I ask, how responsible is it for someone, who so desires a Nanny State of America to protect every citizen’s health and well being, to outwardly glorify the consumption of obesity causing foods and drinks?


Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book; Fat Then Fit Now;  A life beyond wight loss.

Dr. Joe Leonardi is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcasting or television outlet. He has appeared on Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast.

Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at 


Podcast #12 Drain Away Negative Energy

In this podcast we will discuss draining negative energy from your life.

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Podcast #12 Drain Away Negative Energy

The death of clanging and banging?

I have been lifting weights on and off since I was 12 years old. I will never forget the day my Mom and Dad purchased my first weightlifting set from Sears. I hurriedly opened the box containing the 110 pounds of plastic covered cement and the iron barbell with the plastic sleeves. I was in heaven, it was that day I began pumping plastic. A few years later,  I graduated to a commercial gym and it was there that I discovered the meaning of the phrase, “pumping iron.”

To me there is nothing quite as exhilarating as the smell, the noise and the energy of a true weightlifting gym. The clanging and banging of the iron, the grunts and groans as men and women try to blast out those last few muscle building reps really brings me to life.

So what has brought me to the title of this column?

Well, I was finishing up the other morning, it was chest and back day and I was doing my last of 36 sets, super-setting decline flyes with dead-lifts. I only had about 225 on the bar, but as we all know the dead-lift is a brutal exercise, more so when done last and even more so when done in a superset fashion. Well I was brining iron  down to the floor with some good old fashion banging. The sound of the weights against the floor ramped my adrenaline causing a release of energy to explode me upright.  At the top position my dead stop caused the weights to shake and there was the clanging.  I was really  moving, up and down like a piston. After my last set I re-racked the weight. I was soaked in sweat and my grip was almost completely shot thus the bar slipped and the weights came crashing down onto the rack.

I stood up tall, full of self-pride because I just completed three  more reps than I did last workout. Then it happened — the  person next to me muttered under their breath, “Jesus Christ.”

I paused, unable to believe what I just heard. I thought to myself you have to be kidding. I wanted to shout “THIS IS A GYM!”  Of course my parents raised me with manners so I walked over and apologized. This person did not even acknowldege my apology, so I edged a little closer and said it a bit louder. Finally, the person relunctantly accepted.

I was so ticked off that to calm down I did six more sets, three more supersets of machine benches and bent over rows. I noticed the mutterer was talking to someone else and when I was done with my sixth set the person finally went and did another set. I wanted to yell again, “MAYBE IF YOU WOULD ACTUALLY WORK OUT YOU MIGHT LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN YOU DID A YEAR AGO!” But dam my parents raising me to be polite. I just stripped the bar, looked over and said, “good-bye.”

Honestly, is it just me? When I go to workout I am there to workout. I don’t sit around for 10 minutes between sets, I place a towel down on the benches; I take my sweat with me,  I allow people to work in, I always lift under control,  I rarely drop a weight, I respect the equipment, I strip every bar and every machine, I replace the weights back to the stacks, I put the dumbells back in their apporpriate place on the rack, I even put them in order if someone else didn’t.

So, am I out of line to workout so hard that iron weights make noise?

Am I incorrect to push a set to failure that on occasion the weight slips?

Is old school clanging and banging dead?   Say it ain’t so!


Physical Culturist and Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book, “Obesity Undone” and a contributor to and He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet.

He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on FTNS radio, Nurture and Nutrition on Blog Talk Radio, Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends, BlogTalk Radio’s Toni Harris Speaks, Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.
Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at and check out his website
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Obesity: A complex problem? I don’t think so!

Obesity: A complex problem? I don’t think so!

by: Joe Leonardi

There has been much talk and debate about national health care. I am not going to discuss politics or the pros and cons of universal health care, that is in the control of the politicians.

I am going to discuss one of the major risk factors to our health, one major risk that we, ourselves, can actually control — Obesity.

I heard on the news that obesity  (I believe they stated specifically childhood obesity) was a complex problem that did not have a simple solution.

Okay, let’s examine this ludicrous statement. Generally speaking, unless a person has an underlying medical or hormonal condition, there is no reason for one to be overweight or obese. I’m sorry to burst many people’s excuse-seeking bubbles — but that is a fact.

We control our bodies.

We control what goes in.

We control the amount of exercise we put out.

The problem is not complex: it is too much sugar, too much high fructose corn syrup, too much processed fast foods, not enough lean proteins, not enough fresh raw vegetables and not enough getting from behind the computer and moving.

The solution itself is also simple: cut the sugar, cut out the  high fructose corn syrup, get rid of the highly processed refined garbage Americans are shoveling down their gullets and replace them with lean proteins, raw fresh vegetables, healthy fats, low glycemic fruits and get up and get moving.

Today we have more obese people in the United States than those who are simply overweight.

This is a real problem

This problem will lead to real diseases.

The morbidly obese are going to stress the U.S. health care system to a degree that not all the private or public health insurance money will be able to handle.

A local school district was given a grant from the State Education Department to fight childhood obesity. I don’t know why they needed $5,000. I will tell them how to do it for half that. Has anyone ever seen school menus today? While healthy options are available, there is still plenty of sugar laden and processed junk on the menu.
Side note: if your school still has soda machines — get ‘em out.

Physical education must be a five day a week class and a regimented exercise program is a necessity. We need to teach children fitness as a lifestyle from their earliest and most formative years. I will even come in and design it.

My good friend, the Yonk, at his highly influential blog The Lu Lac Political Letter, mentioned how a company had an incentive program for its employees. The employees were paid for taking steps to be responsible for their own wellness. Sounds like a good plan, but what passes for dietary guidelines and exercise plans really do very little  for the morbidly obese. Again, I will come in a design the program and then I will make sure people stick to it. If you want to pay people to take care of themselves okay, but give them the guidance and the accountability to stick to it.

I remember when HMO’s and PPO’s first started in the mid 1980’s. One of the great parts about my plan was that my gym membership was paid in full by the health insurance company. I used that membership; however, I knew many who joined but then were out of the gym within a month. The result was that the good intentions of helping their insured get fit, ended up just costing the insurance company more money than it saved and they changed the benefit to a discount and then eventually did away with it.

In the United States, we are focused on our health care crisis. We are trying to figure out how to pay for care. I am sure that there will be something in one form or another by the end of the year; however, we really need to stop focusing solely on the “care” part of  health care and start putting an emphasis on “health.” Unless we act today, for some, tomorrow may be very bleak.

Joe Leonardi

I am  a chiropractor who shed 140 pounds, reshaped my body and recaptured my health in one year. Today I counsel many people on how to change their lives and conquer obesity.  I am available to speak to your group and can be reached at 718-1500.

Dr. Joseph F. Leonardi

I have made the big time!

I was recently interviewed by the web’s most prominent lo-carb web site owner Jimmy Moore.  Here is a link to the interview.

You can’t be athletic following a low carb lifestyle?

I was reading Jimmy Moore’s blog, the other day. He re-posted a column by a personal trainer who was critical of the low carb lifestyle. In the column the author implied that one could not be athletic or build muscle following a low carb regime. I am well aware that there are varying thoughts on nutrition. It is NOT an exact science. However, when a self proclaimed expert wants to deride others without genuine facts and information it makes me a little irate. I hastily took some pictures to demonstrate how exactly incorrect said author is:

I do not have the conceit to believe that I am at all where I want to be. I am still about 6 months from being in the shape I am shooting for, but I invite you to check out my 340 pound photos from March of 2008. I think I have laid to rest the myth that you can’t build muscle or be athletic on a low carb lifestyle.

Also, today I am listening to Rush Limbaugh talking about losing weight. He is claiming that exercise is not necessary and that he has lost weight before. I think I remember a similar tirade about a year ago. Watching his CPAC speech on television it appears he was not successful last time. He actually made the claim that he wants to lose enough weight so it takes him a couple of years to put it back on. What this big bellied big mouth doesn’t get, is that if he not only lost weight, but became fit— he would enjoy all the stuff he currently does and not ever have to worry about losing weight again. Also if he would get fit it would help his golf game.

I doubt the rotund Mr. Limbaugh would ever read this blog, but if he does I would be more than happy to help him scream from his golde EIB microphone,  “I was Fat Then but I am Fit Now!”

Joe Leonardi

One year ago today!

March 1 2008 340lbs  Feb 28, 2009 206 pounds

March 1 2008 340lbs Feb 28, 2009 206 pounds

One year ago today was the first day in years that I stepped on a scale. The reading: 340 pounds. It was that day I made the decision that fat was no way to live. Of course, the next couple of days were spent splurging: The last Pizza, the last French Fries, The last Pasta, that last Dusty Road Sundae at Blue Ribbon. They weren’t really the last, but for a while I would touch none of my old fattening friends. Four days later on March 5th I reactivated my membership at Danko’s All American Fitness Center and the next day March 6th a very fat, unfit and embarrassed rotund figure walked back in the gym and with renewed passion and fire began an odyssey from Fat Then to Fit Now.



This morning for the first time in a long time I saw “Live with Regis and Kelly.” I was very impressed with the lean and fit physique Kelly Ripa has developed. It made me think back to the beginning of my journey earlier this year.

I stared my body remodeling odyssey back in March and yes that is this past March 2008.  I tipped the scale and an obscene 340 pounds, I wore a size 56 jacket and size 54 pants and barely fit into either.

As of today, December 18, 2008, I weigh 207 pounds,  wear a size 44 jacket and 36 pants. That is 133 pounds, 14 jacket sizes and 16 pants sizes gone.

Around the end of March I began running. I started with 2 laps around the high school track.  It was a difficult  1/2 mile jog, actually it was probably not even a trot. I was going so slow that I would get lapped by those who were walking.

Today I ran 2 miles, 8 laps in under 22 minutes. I’m not setting any land speed records, but I am almost down to a 10 minute mile and at age 44 and after almost 3 years of inactivity I think I am doing pretty good.

I have revised my goal from 185 pounds to 200 pounds. Since my ultimate goal is to remodel my body I had to take many things into consideration and 200 is a good weight for me. If I think I need to drop a few more once I get there I will.

Losing weight is easy, remodeling your body takes work. I could have simply lost the weight and still had a pear shape. It is more important for overall health and appearance to do it right. So, remember stay focused. I did you can do it. I am looking to start my new business venture either at the end of January or mid February at the latest. I will help you achieve your dream physique.