Archive for the Training Category

Becoming a CNP

Posted in MBSC News, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training with tags on September 27, 2015 by mboyle1959

Did you know that we have over 80 free articles on Here’s one, called Becoming a CNP

One question that seems to come up frequently on the forum is the “what certification do I need?” question.

I seem to answer this one over and over. People ask about NSCA, ACE, NASM, etc. as if the certification matters. I can tell you two things with relative certainty. 1- Clients only care that you are certified. They have no idea what the letters mean.
2- Potential employers only care if you are certified to protect them from liability.

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Undulating Periodization and Load Selection

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, MBSC News, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags on September 23, 2015 by mboyle1959

Got a great  question via email after our Certified Functional Strength Coach course in Germany

I’m trying to set up my own peridization model that works for my clients. The problem is that I have no clue at what intensity I should program things like SLDL or RFESS.

I have data for bench, deadlift, chin-up, Over-Head-Press, and Front-Squat. Which percentage of my bench max can I use for the incline dumbell bench press for example?

What about deadlift max to SLDL? So One-Leg to Two-Legs?
Are there any good % from the big“ lifts to use for those single leg Lifts?

First off, great questions I’ll try to answer one at a time. To better understand our periodization model, read this:   Variety in Strength Training

1- Bench to dumbbell incline is the easiest. You need to remember that none of these conversions are perfect but, they work well to start. When we think bilateral to dumbbells we think 80% so for dumbbell bench press take 80 your bench rep max and divide by 2.

Example  100K x 5 in the bench press would be 40K dumbbells. ( .8×100)/2

To go from bench to incline we would again take 80% so the incline number would be 32K. Does that make sense. To make it easy you can do 64% ( 8×8) and divide by two.

2- Deadlift to SLDL and squat to RFESS won’t work as well. In a trained athlete who is experienced with the unilateral lifts there will be some relationships that work but, they will never work for beginners. Our trained athletes could split squat and front squat the same weights?

Ideally RFESS and 1 Leg SLDL will be pretty much equal but, that rarely happens. I like to start with regular split squat first using bodyweight and then progressing to the goblet position and then just use a progressive resistance approach. Think 2-4 K per week.

Hope this helps.

To Clean or not to Clean, That is the Question

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, MBSC News, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , , on September 19, 2015 by mboyle1959

Great article from our free articles section on Why We Still Clean.

As I’ve said over and over, I love because it supplies me with a never-ending supply of article ideas. Recently we had a forum discussion, and then an article, on performing rack pulls versus performing hang cleans as a power development exercise. Some coaches supported the idea of using rack pulls as a substitute for hang cleans; however, at Mike Boyle Strength Conditioning, we remain “clean people”. In fact, we teach all our young athletes to Olympic lift. If you are healthy you will Olympic lift in our system.

to finish click here Why We Still Clean

Big Brother May Be Making You Get Certified?

Posted in MBSC News, Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags on September 16, 2015 by mboyle1959

My friend ( and PTA) Michael Mullin sent this to me

Personal Trainer Ruling in Washington May Disrupt Fitness Industry

Wonder who is behind this? I’ll bet the big cert companies are pushing themselves. I wonder if the NSCA has a lobbyist?

Better yet, they are going to let PT’s tell us how to be trainers?


Hypertrophy Training for Athletes

Posted in Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training with tags on September 14, 2015 by mboyle1959

We’ve got a great thread running on our site on Hypertrophy Training for Athletes so I thought I’d link back to the thread for site members and move an article I wrote a few years ago into our Free Articles section.

I train a lot of young athletes. These high school and college kids almost always need to gain solid weight in order to compete at a higher level. In the world of sports, hardly anyone is “big enough.” Bigger is generally better

To put it crassly, if the athletes I train don’t get bigger and stronger, I don’t make a living.

And yet, I never train athletes with the goal of producing muscle hypertrophy.

Read the rest of Hypertrophy Training for Athletes here

Trainers Helping or Hurting

Posted in MBSC News, Media, 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)

Crossfit and Steroids?

Posted in Guest Authors, Injuries, Media, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized with tags on July 30, 2015 by mboyle1959

Really interesting read.

Crossfit and Steroids


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