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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.

Development vs Winning

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Media, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags on July 14, 2015 by mboyle1959

This piece could just as easy be hockey as soccer.

Development vs Winning

However in hockey you can even eliminate the one pass and just let your best player go end to end and get you goals.

However, as the game progresses you continually find kids who don’t know how to play hockey.

Think about this quote. I asked my squirt aged son ( age 10) whether he liked cross ice or full ice. His typical response FULL ICE. I asked why. His answer MORE BREAKAWAYS!

This is analogous to me asking him if he likes ice cream or salad. We know the answer. Just remember, it’s not about what a kid likes ( or a parent) it’s about what’s good for them.

We are the adults, we get to choose. When we choose winning at the young ages we actually program for failure later.

For All Youth Sports Parents- PLEASE READ

Posted in Guest Authors, Injuries, MBSC News, Media, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags on July 12, 2015 by mboyle1959

This is an absolute, must read,  classic. I see this every day in our town. You can’t buy athletic success but, you certainly can pay to get your children more screwed up. I have always told parents “follow the money”.

Early specialization is both a developmental and social mistake. Don’t get sucked in. The best preparation for young kids ( 8-13) is multi-sport participation. Save your money.

Elite at 10?

 

Do Rear Foot Elevated Split Squats Cause Back Pain?

Posted in Core training, Injuries, Low Back Pain, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females with tags , on June 30, 2015 by mboyle1959

I just got back from speaking at the Perform Better Summit in Chicago. In between my talks I took in Stuart McGill’s talk ( he is always one of my favorites and has greatly influenced me).

Recently Dr McGill has been vocal about Rear Foot Elevated Split Squats potentially causing back pain, particularly SI joint pain and as he calls it “pelvic ring” disruption.

We probably use the rear foot elevated split squat as much as anyone and, have not had any increase in SI joint pain or back pain in general. In fact, we switched to the split squat variations in response to back pain from heavy back and front squats.

My theory on why we don’t have back pain from the rear foot elevated split squat is three fold.

1- We use a relatively short stance. A lot of the videos I’ve seen have the rear leg quite extended.

2-  We rarely do more than 30 reps per week per leg. A big volume week for us would be three sets of 10.

3- We never put the bar in a back or front squat position. Positioning the bar this way causes a great deal of lumbar extension which could increase back stress and anterior hip stress. We always use dumbbells of kettle bells.

I think this “idea” is just that and has very little basis in fact. As much I’m reluctant to disagree with Dr McGill I have to one this one.

Early in the week I polled StrengthCoach.com members and couldn’t find one who thought that rear foot elevated split squats had resulted in either them or their athletes having an increase in back pain. Coincidence? I think not.

Thoughts?

MBSC Summer Program Starts Monday

Posted in Core training, Fat Loss, Hockey, Injuries, Low Back Pain, MBSC News, Media, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , on June 12, 2015 by mboyle1959

Our 18th summer program starts on Monday. It’s crazy how time flies. We still have a few spots available for late morning in both Woburn and North Andover.

PS- If you are still in school for another week you can come in the afternoon for a week or two if needed.

 

 

A Great Programming Question

Posted in MBSC News, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , , on June 5, 2015 by mboyle1959

I received this via email yesterday and thought I’d share it. I’m in the process of writing a second edition of Functional Training for Sports ( my first book in 2004) and will clear stuff like this up…

Hey, Coach!- I’m designing my first strength program and had two questions for you:

Q 1) I am using your template for a 3-day strength program from Functional Training for Sports, and it calls for Double Leg Knee Dominant exercises on Day 1 and Day 3. I am much more in favor of single leg exercises, and there’s no shortage of Single Leg Knee Dominant exercises, so I wanted to know if substituting the double leg exercises for a Rear Foot Elevated Squat and a Split Stance Squat Progression would be okay? I remember reading that you were slowly progressing towards an ALL single leg training philosophy, but didn’t know if you had attempted it with any success yet. I am a track and field athlete, if that would make any difference in the matter.

A- We have not gone quite all the way yet with healthy athletes. Day 1 has Trap Bar Deadlift ( actually a hip dominant or hybrid) as our only bilateral strength exercise of the week.

Leading me into my second question…

Q 2) In your Advances in Functional Training, I recall you classifying Lunge-type exercises as Hip Dominant, although it can be confused with a Knee Dominant exercise very easily. If I were to use Lunge-type exercises as a Knee Dominant exercise in my program, would I risk under training a true Knee Movement, or would it not be an issue? (Didn’t quite know how to word that one )

A- Almost true. We would classify slideboard lunge as hip dominant but conventional lunges as knee dominant. I would not worry about being too hip dominant if you get Rear Foot Elevated One Leg Squats and true one leg squats once each.

Thoughts? Comments?

 

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