This is a great list. I’m happy to say I have almost all of them. Sadly, I haven’t read them all yet.
Archive for the Random Thoughts Category
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.
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 StrengthCoach.com 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.
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
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:
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:
then from there work you way through:
Hows that for a start?