Archive for the Random Thoughts Category

Ten Things That Truly Passionate People Do Differently

Posted in Guest Authors, MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized on April 22, 2014 by mboyle1959

This is a great post from a site called that might make some of you feel better about your behavior.

Tracy Anderson?

Posted in MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized with tags , on April 17, 2014 by mboyle1959

I love this blog post. A little honesty never hurts. One of my favorite pieces of BS ( maybe not specifically uttered by Tracy) is the “this workout will give you long, lean, dancers muscles”. Guess what. The only way to get longer muscles it to get longer bones. Bones determine muscle length, period. Read this, please

My Beef With Tracy Anderson


Working the Floor?

Posted in Guest Authors, Random Thoughts, Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized with tags , on April 16, 2014 by mboyle1959

This was a great article for any personal trainer from our site

I just read a thread in the Business Forum that had advice that blew me away. I’m not sure how many readers visit the Business Forum so I’d thought I summarize some of our readers’ thoughts on working the floor in a commercial gym. The value in this advice is tremendous and the reality is, this is where many of us start our careers. If I’m guessing your are getting the benefit of 70-80 years of experience here.

Steve Head- Sport and Health Inc Master Trainer

Before you “correct” someone (assuming not in eminent danger), introduce yourself. Learn their name, and use it every chance you get for a couple weeks, then after you’ve built a bit of rapport, they are far more likely to be open, receptive as oppposed to closed and defensve, which is a far more typical reaction. ?Make it a point, everyday to meet and learn the names of 5 members. I have picked up numerous clients with whom I did this, even if it was several months later. If, when they decide on training, guess who they are going to hire? You!

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Be Thankful Every Day

Posted in MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Updates with tags , , on April 13, 2014 by mboyle1959

My family and I have had the best weekend. My daughters National Camp hockey tryouts coincided with the US Championships in Sled Hockey.  We got to meet Jen Li the US Paralympic Sled Hockey Goalie and as well as Team USA star Rico Roman. Inspiring really doesn’t do justice to these men. In addition we met our new friend Shane, a 13 year old sled hockey player from Minnesota who might be a bigger inspiration than the first two. We sometimes need these reminders about just how lucky we are. Thanks to all of the players we got to watch and meet for some invaluable life lessons for me and for my family.


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The Slow Death of Dump and Chase Hockey

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Seminars, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , on April 10, 2014 by mboyle1959

This is another great read for youth hockey coaches and youth hockey parent from the legendary Jack Blatherwick.

The best analogy in all these articles is to imagine a basketball coach screaming “pass it to the other team and defend”. How silly does that sound? That’s hockey coaching at the U-10 level some days?

If you really want your kid to be good:

1- play 1/2 ice early and often.

2- find a coach who doesn’t care about winning

3- find a coach passionate about offense who will tolerate mistakes

I have a friend in an NHL front office who said “we only draft offensive players. We can make offensive players into defensive players with good coaching in the minors but we can never make defensive players into offensive players”.


Hockey Parents PLEASE Read This.

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , on April 9, 2014 by mboyle1959

I can’t tell you how many times I have the “1/2 ice conversation” with parents. Parents just don’t get it. One of the big complaints in town hockey is lack of ice time but tell some frustrated NHL-coach- wanna-be that he has half a sheet and he rolls his eyes.

PLEASE take a minute and read this. The bottom line is that everyone who actually knows anything about hockey development favors 1/2 ice practice, 1/2 ice games and small games. If you don’t, ask yourself why?

Think Small for Big Gains in Learning Hockey

Why BMI is a Waste of Time?

Posted in Core training, Fat Loss, Guest Authors, Media, Nutrition, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females with tags on April 7, 2014 by mboyle1959

One of our clients wanted me to write an article on why using BMI is a waste of time. To be honest, I thought BMI had gone the way of blood letting and leeches  ( cue Steve Martin SNL skit for those over 45) but, apparently not. Our client is a well built, strong man in his sixties who is being told by his doctor that he is overweight. The article below, although the title references female bodies, does an excellent job of poking holes in the BMI idea.



Is Sugar Good for You?

Posted in Fat Loss, MBSC News, Media, Nutrition, Random Thoughts, Youth Training with tags on April 4, 2014 by mboyle1959

If you read the Facebook responses to a Dr. Mercola article I posted recently you would think that sugar is good for you. I was really surprised that posting what I thought was a simple article could produce such a huge response. The internet nutrition experts were out in full force, bashing Dr. Mercola, Gary Taubes, and Dr. Lustig as fear mongers and pseudo scientists. One even seemed to go so far as to say that diabetes could be caused by protein if I read correctly.

The truth is, I don’t know nearly as much about nutrition as the guys who blew up my Facebook page but, I still think still think sugar is bad for you. I also think that sugar may just be an addictive substance like alcohol and opiates. I don’t think our sugar problem is pure science? Or maybe it is? Is addiction/ overconsumption of any item a scientific issue, a psychological issue or a little of both?

In any case the “don’t vilify any food item or food group” folks will probably bash this post. I will play it smart and not take the bait this time. I will say that in my experience people who have problems with weight loss also seem to have problems with sugar? I know, the “experts” will say they have a calorie problem. I’m not so sure?

Don’t Play to Win?

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags on April 2, 2014 by mboyle1959

This is a great piece from the Ontario Minor Hockey Association on winning at the expense of development. Read below…


“This is where the gap between Skills and Systems begins (especially when the coach isn’t the one delivering the skills training). We now see teams with players who can all skate, and stickhandle but they play robotic hockey, they don’t use their skill in creative ways – their skill does not link with the ‘system’ the coach has put in place. Dump…chase…change. Dump…chase…change.

“I think one of the concerns that we have with coaching at the lower levels is that too many coaches are coaching to win,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of hockey development for Hockey Canada. “In doing so, they are putting hand-brakes on the offensive side of the game, trying to keep the puck out of the net, and then working for one or two opportunities a game to score.
And the gap continues to grow. “Often times, (coaches) are being measured on wins and losses, they’re not being measured on whether or not their team has great offence or loses one-goal games 5-4 or 9-8,” said Carson.

And it’s also in that gap that lies a term we hear and use all the time … ‘hockey sense’.

Hockey Canada’s Skill Development Pyramid provides a very clear progression starting at the base of the triangle emphasizing the development of fundamental skills. As the pyramid is climbed, a greater emphasis is placed on individual tactics; adding the dimension of ‘hockey sense’ to skill development.

“There is too much emphasis on ‘systems’ and not enough on creativity in youth hockey. It’s stifling”. That from Wayne Gretzky, a player who could see the ice and read and react and anticipate like no other player in the history of the game.

Bobby Orr, the player that redefined what a defenseman could do, said this “Many coaches today would never let a defenceman try some of the things I was allowed to try, and that is a pity. I often wonder if any coach would let me play the game the way I wanted to play if I were playing today. Something tells me I might be collecting a lot of slivers on the bench if I were playing minor hockey today”

So what is ‘hockey sense’ and how can you teach it? Many coaches will stop you right there! Teach hockey sense? It can’t be done!

Is ‘hockey sense’ a teachable skill? Absolutely! Once a player has developed the skills of skating and puck handling then the individual tactic can be learned. The player now understands the “why” of each tactic which means their read and react skills are being developed.

LTPD expert, Dr. Stephen Norris defines Athletic Excellence as the ability to maintain technical excellence at speed, under pressure, when fatigued. So, are we developing hockey players with this in mind?

In many cases, skills are taught in isolation, such as skating without pucks, stationary shooting, stickhandling around cones. Practicing in isolation does not reflect what happens in constantly changing game situations. Decision-making is what determines success in any sport and it is the cornerstone of ‘hockey sense’. Hockey is a fluid game that features hundreds of transition situations – offense to defense & vice versa – in every game.

This means that players today must have good physical abilities, good skills and mental abilities including the ability to think in cooperation with other players on the team. They must analyze (read) and find a solution (react) to any given situation quickly and accurately.

“The challenge is how we back off that winning is everything and say, ‘Let’s look at other performance indicators to say whether or not coaches are being successful in what they are teaching young kids.’ So it’s teaching three-on-three, it’s about small areas of games, it’s about having the puck on your stick, it’s about learning how to support the puck carrier, it’s about advancing the puck in an offensive frame of mind”, added Carson.

This is where the coach is crucial – before moving into systems – coaches need to design practices that incorporate ‘game-situations’ practices where they are empowered to think, make quick decisions and problem-solve in an highly motivated and competitive environment. If we don’t expose players to situations they will face in a game, then we are simply not maximizing the development potential of our players. Mind the gap!”


Nice Piece on Breathing Pattern Disorders from Mike Reinhold

Posted in Core training, Guest Authors, Injuries, Low Back Pain, MBSC News, Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training with tags on March 24, 2014 by mboyle1959

Mike Reinold did a nice piece on breathing pattern disorders on his blog.

Breathing is the next big thing, especially if you work in the adult fitness market. I think a lot of us ex-meatheads are seeing the value of a few minutes of deep breathing.


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