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Trainers Helping or Hurting

Posted in MBSC News, Media, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training on August 29, 2015 by mboyle1959

I can’t believe I missed this article in USA Today.  ( thanks to Vince McConnell for sending the link)

Trainers Helping or Hurting

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It’s an interesting article because it shows how some  strength coaches are giving the rest of us a bad name. I think it’s funny that a kid training and working hard to get better can be spun into something bad but, that is what this article tries to portray.

Unfortunately strength and conditioning coaches having signing day parties certainly doesn’t help our industry.

I’d love to hear some thoughts after you read it.

( PS- in the small world category I coached Roger Harriot, one of the coaches quoted in the article,  at BU in the 90’s)

Article on StrengthCoach- “Implementing a Successful Sport Performance Internship Program”- Derek M. Hansen

Posted in StrengthCoach.com Updates on August 10, 2015 by mboyle1959

I have had the pleasure of implementing what I would deem a successful sport performance internship program at the university level.  I had an endless supply of applicants, submitting their resumes from all over the world.  Graduates of the intern program also had no problem obtaining work at the NCAA Division 1 level, National Sport Institutes and also for a number of professional teams.  All of these interns developed exceptional coaching abilities, effective communication skills, the ability to create comprehensive plans for all sports and a fearless ability to think on their feet and adapt to changing circumstances.  They have also matured into fabulous individuals that make the world a much better place.  Perhaps I was simply lucky to have these great individuals working for me.  However, I think we have created an environment where freedom of expression is encouraged and only the best solutions for athlete improvement are acceptable.

I have thought deeply about the type of environment that is required for optimal learning in an applied and practical field.  Provided below are some key points I have assembled based on my experience and the great knowledge that has been passed on to me by my mentors.  I am a firm believer that we are a product of those who came before us.  These concepts are as much mine as they are theirs.

Education Must be the Primary Goal of an Internship Program

I ended up changing the name of my program to an “Apprenticeship” program because it seemed like internship programs were simply a method to rustle up free labor for an organization.  At least the “Apprenticeship” label gave the impression that knowledge and method would be passed on.  If you are only setting up an apprenticeship to get young people to do your dirty work and menial tasks, you will not have much success in building a successful, attractive program.  If you pass on valuable information and knowledge to your interns, they will offer to do the unpopular jobs, because they will know that they are getting value out of the arrangement.  As the saying goes, “You will only get out what you put in.”

It is also important to make the point that education is not about feeding people information.  Education is about establishing a relationship that facilitates the development of knowledge, experience and confidence.  Anyone can feed you exercises, pass on a reading list or send you YouTube videos to watch.  My most important goal of the internship process is to ignite a passion inside people that encourages them to continue learning on their own, even after they have finished with our program.  We only offer a few steps along the staircase of knowledge.  But we also want to provide our members with the energy and vigor to continue the climb.

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Great Piece on Developing Athleticism

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training on July 25, 2015 by mboyle1959

Here’s another great article for parents and youth hockey coaches on developing athleticism.

7 Tips to Developing Athleticism

Real Life Intervals

Posted in Fat Loss, MBSC News, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females on July 23, 2015 by mboyle1959

I’ve gotten away from posting my interval workouts in the past year and have taken to quick tweets. I need to take the time to blog these so I can be a bit more detailed.

First off, we are now using Assault Air Bikes. These are very similar to the Schwinn Airdyne but, much better built. I would strongly suggest you get one to try. There is no better interval training tool on the market. The fan means the harder you go, the harder it is. Think upright Concept 2 Rower.

Todays workout

2 sets of 20/10 intervals ( Real Tabata’s for all you fake Tabata people)

These bikes have the original computers.

Work was above 70 RPM, rest above 50 RPM

Set 1- 1 mile

Set 2- 1.1 mile

give these a try for a “quick” 10 minute ride.

Article on StrengthCoach- “Charting Progress Made Easy”- Sean Ross

Posted in StrengthCoach.com Updates on July 20, 2015 by mboyle1959

Monitoring strength progress is essential to prevent athletes from just going through the motions in the weight room. Many will just grab a weight they think is heavy enough and use that load week after week, month after month. Their bodies will quickly adapt to this load and strength/size levels will stagnate. This article will explain simplify things for those training groups of athletes.

In my early years of training groups of athletes (primarily groups of 8-12 ages 13-18) I gave each athlete a sheet that they would record the reps and load used for each set they performed.  This system worked well for those that were very organized and detailed. I could glance at their sheets and see if they were progressing from week to week. However, many would spend too much time recording and not enough time lifting. After a few years I modified this system to having them record only their top weight successfully used in the three sets typically prescribed for that particular lift. This allowed for more time lifting and less time writing. When I started this system with a high school football team, I started noticing several sheets were not filled out at all, incorrectly, or left on the floor for me to pick up. Instead of getting mad at the players, I came up with a better solution.

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Article on StrengthCoach- “The Golden Arches”- Max Prokopy

Posted in Guest Authors, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training on July 15, 2015 by mboyle1959

Sports performance coaches should always be working to enhance athletes’ best qualities while mitigating the risky parts of a profile.  It could be nutrition, work ethic, or a bum wrist.  One of the most common tendencies I see is quad- or knee-dominant gait.  Since most athletes run, this is pretty important.  I think most of us combat this tendency.  It’s a constant struggle to get the hips back into the spotlight.

The joint-by-joint approach tells us the knee should be stable.  More precisely, the knee should be mobile in the sagittal plane and stable in the frontal and transverse.  That’s pretty much what running is: control the frontal/rotational forces to safely apply power.  The knee musculature can’t do this by itself.  It needs help from above and below.  Let’s take a look at how we can connect these things for a more robust athlete.

The Hip

A good coach won’t need much convincing on the value of the glutes.  They have the best lever arm and muscle fiber type for the job.  There is a place in our world for hip isolation exercises.  I’ll simply say I prefer to teach or tune core stability first.  McGill, DNS, PRI, and a bunch of other paradigms would seem to converge on this basic concept.  Whenever experts from a bunch of different approaches tell me the same thing, I’m going to listen.

The Foot

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Article on StrengthCoach.com- “Coaching Females”- Brijesh Patel

Posted in StrengthCoach.com Updates on July 8, 2015 by mboyle1959

ussoccer

The strength and conditioning field is primarily dominated by males and in many instances, these males will have to coach female athletes.  The perception of females is that they are softer, more sensitive, and not as tough as males.  If you, as a male coach, feed into these stereo types you are hurting the development of your female athletes.  I’m a big believer that you should coach your female athletes as hard as you would coach males.  There are a number of gender differences, which we will get into, but from a psychological standpoint, the expectations, standards and attention to detail shouldn’t be different.  Females are smart and will realize if you are going “soft” on them, and in my experience, they like to be pushed, motivated, and held to an extremely high standard.

Females are often reluctant to be competitive – especially amongst their teammates.  They would rather be friends and want to be liked…whereas males often have no problem being competitive and understanding where to draw the line between being a friend vs. a teammate.

NCSoccer

North Carolina Women’s Soccer Coach, Anson Dorrance, has noticed a similar situation with the women on his team:

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