Danny Lehr


  • Masters, Education.  Emphasis in Cross Cultural Communication

  • B.A. Physical Education


  • USAW Level 1 Sports Performance

  • Pendlay Level 1

  • CrossFit Level 2

  • CrossFit Football

  • CrossFit Endurance

  • Google Analytics, Advanced Level


  • 12 Years Coaching Organized Athletics (weightlifting, wrestling, track and field)

  • 11 Years Coaching Fitness (Weightlifting, CrossFit)

  • 8 years Teaching Physical Education

  • 10 National Weightlifting Competition Qualifications (multiple top 10 finishes)


His Story

By the numbers

I began working as a physical education teacher and wrestling coach at age 21.  I was passionate about 2 things; improving the fitness level of the student athletes, and coaching winning wrestling teams. 

At age 24 I joined up with two business partners to grow CrossFit Excel.  We grew from a garage with a handful of members to a beautiful 10,000 square foot facility with over 250 members.

I competed in my 1st  weightlifting meet in August, 2010, just a few weeks before my 26th birthday.  I fell in love with the sport, and competed in 25 weightlifting meets over the next 5 years.  

In 2013, I founded Caffeine and Kilos with 2 of my friends.  We had a vision of a company in the fitness industry that could help support athletes in the strength sports, and do so by making cool stuff that we wanted ourselves.  In that same year, my beautiful wife gave birth to the 1st of our 2 children.

From 2014 to 2015 I made a correctional/instructional weightlifting video every week for 60 weeks.  I call this project The Lifting Fix.  Even though I no longer update it, all of the weekly videos are still up for free on YouTube and the website.  

As Caffeine and Kilos crossed it's 4th year in business, we started the Gas Station Cappuccino podcast.  It's a show about a little weightlifting, a little business, and a lot of general life stuff....mostly Dean and I just bantering back and forth.


Caffeine and Kilos is a  brand out of Elk Grove, CA that supports an active lifestyle.  The Caffeine and Kilos mission statement is centered around quality without sacrifice.  Click here to check out Caffeine and Kilos.

Excel Health and Fitness is a premier strength and conditioning facility is Manteca, CA.  Home to CrossFit Excel, quality coaching has been the priority since opening  in 2008.  Click here to check out Excel Health and Fitness.

Gas Station Cappuccino, a podcast about life, fitness, business, and more! The podcast covers everyday conversations about Olympic weightlifting, CrossFit, powerlifting, and growing a business in the fitness industry.  Click here to check out Gas Station Cappuccino.

The goal of The Lifting Fix is to help people improve with the barbell.  Everybody has something they can improve upon!  Our goal is to find the one fix that will make the biggest immediate impact.  Click here to check out The Lifting Fix.


Guest Appearances

Key Note Speaking

  • Fitness Business Summit 2018. Hosted in San Diego, CA, 2018

  • 2016 Coaching Summit. Hosted by DMC and Orthopedics in Modesto, CA, 2016

  • The Toolkit Summit 2017 Virtual Business Conference for Fitness Professionals, 2017

  • California State University, Sacramento Hosted by Stinger Barbell Club of Sacramento State, 2018

Podcast/YouTube Show Guest

  • Mark Bell’s PowerCast #67 – Caffeine and Kilos — Guests: Danny Lehr and Dean Saddoris - Listen Here

  • Renegade Radio #190 - Building Your Fitness Brand The Right Way with Caffeine & Kilos - Listen Here

  • WODCAST Podcast #215- Weightlifters, gym owners, and owners of Caffeine and Kilos talk CrossFit, CrossFit Open, C&K, starting and running a business. - Listen Here

  • The Barbell Life Mental Strength with Danny Lehr of Caffeine and Kilos. - Listen Here

  • The Alpha Hippie Podcast # AH028 Live Work Play & Hustle W Danny Lehr - Listen Here

  • The Zach Rocheleau Podcast #3 - This is an episode I had with my good friend, Danny Lehr! Listen Here

  • Fit Man Project #42 - Strategies for Business, Family, and Life with Danny Lehr - Listen Here

  • Ever Forward Radio - Caffeine and Kilos with Danny Lehr - Listen Here

  • Strength Students Podcast #69 - Caffeine & Kilos founder and CEO Danny Lehr joins us - Listen Here

  • Future Strength Performance Podcast # 15 -Danny provides fantastic advice on growing a brand and reflects...  Listen Here

  • Weightlifting House Media -Entrepreneurship with Caffeine and Kilos - Danny Lehr Listen Here

  • Absolute Strength Podcast #85 - In this episode, I sit down with the owner of Caffeine and Kilos Danny Lehr. - Listen Here

  • Weightlifting Talk Caffeine and Kilos, Danny Lehr - Listen Here

  • The Big Red Express Podcast #72 Co-Founder of Caffeine and Kilos Danny Lehr, talks about coffee, CrossFit, Weightlifting and much more! - Listen Here

  • Breaking Success - A talk about brand building and treating people the right way - Breaking Success by Chris Duffey

  • Gym Wright LIVE Podcast The Power of Over-Delivering Hospitality - Listen Here

  • PT Coffee Cast #37 We sit down with Danny Lehr and discuss building a community along with a brand and business - Listen Here

  • The Mediocre Alaskan Podcast #17  Freeway coffee in Jersey, why counting down to retirement sucks, doing something with plans.  Listen Here

  • Happy Hour at the Bar #17 The Story behind the brand - Listen Here

  • Coaches Tuck Radio #13 Russ and I went over to Caffeine & Kilos HQ to sit down with Co-Owners Danny Lehr and Dean Saddoris - Listen Here

  • FitAid Morning Show #71 Status of the C&K brand, what their team looks for in potential athlete partnerships, and the future of U.S.A. Olympic weightlifting - Listen Here

  • Coaches Eye Spotlight. Coaches Eye Spotlight: James Afto and Danny Lehr From Caffeine & Kilos. - Listen Here

  • Project Possible.  Episode 49: On Gambling, Getting out of Debt, and Growing your Business with Danny Lehr. - Listen Here

  • Doc and Jock Podcast.  Caffeine and Kilos Co-Owner Dan Lehr Discusses Starting a Business, Building a Brand and the Status of American Weightlifting. - Listen Here

  • Strength Syndicate. Episode 14: Fitness, Coffee, and Weightlifting with Danny Lehr. - Listen Here

  • Project Possible.  Take Action to Make Shit Happen With Danny Lehr of Caffeine and Kilos. - Listen Here

  • Snatched and Scotch. Snatches and Scotch Podcast - Listen Here

  • Squats and Espresso. Squats and Espresso Podcast: Danny Lehr. - Listen Here

  • Lifting Out Loud The charity work and help he's provided locals and his goal on reaching and making an impact in the community. Listen Here

  • Garage Athletes. Garage Athletes Podcast: Ep. 4 w/ Danny and Charlie of Caffeine and Kilos. - Listen Here

  • CrossFit Glen Burnie.  Danny Lehr and Caffeine and Kilos Fall Tour Preview. - Listen Here