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Changing the Game Project Books of the Year 2015

Posted in Guest Authors, MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Seminars, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training on November 28, 2015 by mboyle1959

This is a great list. I’m happy to say I have almost all of them. Sadly, I haven’t read them all yet.

Changing the Game Project- Books of the Year 2015

Jacob deGrom Didn’t Specialize

Posted in Injuries, MBSC News, Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training with tags , on October 16, 2015 by mboyle1959

As I watched Jacob deGrom last night I asked myself “who is this kid”?

I’m so glad I did a little research as we see again that specialization is not necessary.

A few things about Jacob deGrom from Wikipedia:

  • Not drafted out of high school
  • Played exclusively at shortstop his freshman and sophomore seasons in college
  • First pitched as junior reliever in 2009
  • That year continued to play short and close

So for all you moms and dads running little Johnnie off to his pitching lesson, take a breath.

PS- John Lackey also did not pitch until he got to PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL. To busy playing quarterback in football.

Facility Design Hints

Posted in MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates with tags on October 9, 2015 by mboyle1959

Are you planning a new facility? Yesterday I got a question from a friend just getting ready to put the finishing touches on a new facility plan. The basic question was “Tell us what we might overlook?”

Here’s the list I sent him:

Ceiling fans like the Big Ass Fan ( really awesome)
Electrical outlets every 10-12 feet ( we have very few in our MBSC facility and often need them)
Rubber flooring wrapped up the wall 24″ in case you lean plates on the wall.
Mirrors 24″ off the floor ( again in case you lean plates)
Platforms built into the flooring, not raised.
Lots of masonry wall for throwing ( architects like to fur out and sheetrock.)
As much ceiling height as attainable
“Daylight” quality lighting. ( our architects at BU gave a a dark dingy space when we asked for bright)
Slideboards recessed into the floor ( see Brandon’s Stanford idea, w/ covers)

Also from an equipment standpoint make sure you get an MVP Shuttle and a Pilates Reformer. Two rehab musts that we often overlook.

Did you know that if you join you get my Designing Strength Training Programs and Facilities as a free download?  You also get a free download of Advances in Functional Training? Take a look.

Assault Air Bike Intervals

Posted in Fat Loss, Random Thoughts with tags on July 31, 2015 by mboyle1959

Tried a slightly different interval format today:

2 mi 7:10, heartrate 170 at the conclusion of the interval

Rest 2 min to 110 BPM ( 60 beat recovery)

1 mi. 3:35 heartrate 166

Rested 2 min

.5 mi 1:34 heartrate 166

Total Time 16 min

Have You Tried Gratitude Writing?

Posted in MBSC News, Random Thoughts with tags , , on July 9, 2015 by mboyle1959

I know, you first thought is “oh my god, Mike Boyle has gone all touchy- feely on us”. This may or may not be true but, try a gratitude journal. Great way to reflect on who and what is important to you.

I tried it and loved it so much I bought journals for our entire staff. Thanks to Craig Ballantyne for the push I needed to do this.

To order a journal go to:

Who Should You Take Advice From?

Posted in Guest Authors, MBSC News, Random Thoughts, Updates, Training, Uncategorized on June 29, 2015 by mboyle1959

Brian Carrol wrote an interesting piece called Five Reasons Your Not Getting Stronger. It was pretty good and to the point.

I thought I’d analyze this part though?

Qualify the person you’re taking advice from using these 5 questions I learned from Dave Tate of Elite FTS:

1. What is his/her education and background?
2. How is/was this coach’s performance in the particular sport they’re coaching?
3. Who have they trained?
4. Have they been able to make athletes better than they were before training with them?
5. Do they practice what they preach?

If I score myself, I do pretty good on number 1, education and background.

Number 2, performance in the particular sport they are coaching? I was not very good at anything. In fact, my best sport was swimming. I played and liked lots of other stuff ( powerlifting, basketball, football) but, performance? Not so much. Surprisingly, I have a baseball worlds series ring ( played from 8 years old to 12 and stunk) and two ice hockey national championship rings ( never played). By the way, my dad one a few state championships as a basketball coach and never played organized basketball. Also, in most team sports, great players don’t make great coaches. In strength and conditioning most of the best coaches I know either weren’t very good, had a career shortened by injury or both.

3, who have they trained? I make a big comeback here. That part of my resume is better than average.

4, have they been able to make people better athletes than before they trained them? Another positive. At MBSC we have professional athletes who started with us a middle schoolers. I think this one is huge. I hate the coaches who suck up to some All Star and then take credit for him. This is sadly very common and something we go through every day.

5, do they practice what they preach? Oops, abject failure. I have not lifted a heavy weight since the 80’s and probably do far too many 12 ounce curls ( I will occasionally go heavy at 16 and 22).

Bottom line, be careful with guru’s, Dave and John are right however I would recommend that you really focus on 1, 3, and 4. Playing the sport and looking good doesn’t make you a good coach.

Stuff to Read

Posted in Random Thoughts, Seminars, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates with tags , on April 22, 2015 by mboyle1959

An attendee at the recent Perform Better 1 Day in Chicago asked for some reading recommendations so I thought I’d share them here.

The basic two for everyone in every field are:

How to Wins Friends and Influence People- Dale Carnagie
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People- Stephen Covey

then from there work you way through:

Good to Great- Collins
Made to Stick – Collins
Goals- Brian Tracey
Slight Edge- Jeff Olsen
Never Eat Alone- Keith Ferrazanni
Creating Magic- Lee Cockrell
Start With Why- Simon Sinek

Hows that for a start?


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