Episode 225: Leo Ryan - All Things Breathing

This episodes guest is Leo Ryan from Innate Strength.

Leo Ryan is a Health Performance and Breathing Specialist and the founder of Innate-Strength.com. Leo has studied athletic training, health and breathing since healing himself of asthma in 2004 with the Buteyko Method. After graduating with an MSc from University College Dublin, he continued to educate himself prolifically throughout his professional career in Ireland and internationally. He has attained multiple diplomas and certificates from much elite personal training, physical therapy and breathing schools including Dip. Buteyko Method, Wim Hof Instructor, Oxygen Advantage Instructor, Fascial Stretch Therapist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Pilates teacher.

Leo’s love and experience for health and physical performance have seen his research more than 50 breathing techniques, the mentor with coaches to Olympians, UFC Fighters and World Champions and he undertook several internships with the world-renowned Dr Eric Serrano.

Up to 2019, Leo has spent a lot of his time coaching one-to-one in a personal training environment and testing his training methodology on himself. Leo played Senior club GAA football in Dublin with St. Sylvester’s. He is a black belt in judo, he ran marathons without any specific training, he gained more than 52 lbs of muscle, and he even climbed a mountain with nothing but a pair of shorts and boots. His clients have healed cardiovascular disease, asthma and anxiety. They’ve reduced symptoms of depression, panic, colitis and rheumatoid arthritis. Some have gained weight, purposely and others have intentionally lost weight. The best thing is, they’ve also gone onto to return to their passions in life, like tennis, running and Gaelic games.

Leo continues to train people one-to-one and he also coaches the fundamentals of breathing, movement and resilience for life and athletic endeavours through workshops.

 On this episode Leo and I discuss:

  • Leo's background and how he got into breathe work
  • What is an Asthma attack like?
  • How to access and train the breath
  • Leo talks about the differences between Wim Hof's work and Patrick McKeown's
  • I ask Leo what was training with Wim like?
  • I ask Leo about his biggest influences?
  • I ask Leo how he learns
  • I ask Leo if there is anything he does on a daily basis that is essential to his day?
  • I ask Leo for his top and current book recommendations
  • I ask Leo how fatherhood changed his life?
  • I ask Leo the importance of being role model for his daughters
  • I ask Leo, if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

This was an outstanding episode and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

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Podcasts Mentioned:

Tim Ferriss Podcast: Stan Grof — Lessons from ~4,500 LSD Sessions and Beyond | The Tim Ferriss Show (Podcast)

Tim Ferriss Podcast: Josh Waitzkin Returns Interview (Full Episode) | The Tim Ferriss Show (Podcast)

Bulletproof Radio: Stephen Porges: The Polyvagal Theory & The Vagal Nerve – #264

Bulletproof Radio: The Nervous System Circuitry of Safety, Sound and Gratitude – Stephen Porges

Mind Muscle Project 246: Mike & Adee Cazayoux on Keto Diet Benefits, Nutrition Education and Losing Training Motivation

Videos Mentioned:

Explaining Human's Brain - Full Documentary [HD] 

Books Mentioned:

The Polyvagal Theory 

Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 2e


The Art of Learning

The Power of Now

Celestine Prophecy

Can't Hurt Me

The Burnout Society

The Oxygen Advantage


People and Resources Mentioned:

Patrick McKeown 

Wim Hof

Seán Kinane

Brian McKenzie

Rob Wilson

John Welbourne

Richard Costello

Michael Melnychuk

Stephen Porges 

Eoin Lacey

Dr. Katis Kharrazian 

Dan Brulé

Irish Strength Institute

Derry Temple

Cal Dietz

Daniele Raggi

Heart Math Institute

Bill Hartman

Robert Sapolsky

Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko

Stanislav Grof

Carl Jung 

Holotropic Breathwork

Josh Waitzkin

Tim Ferriss

Noeleen Gregory, MSc

Dr. Eric Serrano

Dave Asprey 

Jean Farrell 

Darren Katz

Body and Soul Fitness (Canada)

Stretch To Win

Ann Frederick

Chris Frederick

Charles Poliquin

Tony Robbins

James Fitzgerald

Tommy Tiernan 

Donald Trump

Nelson Mandela

Marianne Williamson

Tulsi Gabbard

Paul Chek


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