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Should You Overhead Press

Posted in Injuries, MBSC News, Media, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags on July 23, 2014 by mboyle1959

Take a look at this short clip I filmed for Stack Magazine and on overhead pressing. Should you? Where do you start? Click the link.

This Is Really Funny and Too True- Please Listen

Posted in Uncategorized on July 21, 2014 by mboyle1959

This is an actual ( I guess we need to check Snopes) answering machine message at a high school in Australia. Even it’s not real it is great.

Fall Mentorship Announced

Posted in Uncategorized on July 17, 2014 by mboyle1959


We have a few spots left for September

Originally posted on Michael Boyle's Blog:

At MBSC we are trying to do a better job of getting advanced notice out about mentorship weeks so its great that we can announce our next dates of September 15-18th in the month of June.

We will cap this at fifteen so start making plans now. Fall fills fast. To register go to

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NY Times- This Is Our Youth

Posted in Uncategorized on July 10, 2014 by mboyle1959

Check out this disturbing piece on kids and fitness from the NY Times.

This Is Our Youth

Nice Piece on MBSC Client Mike Grier at the Select 17’s

Posted in Hockey, MBSC News, Media, Training, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags on July 9, 2014 by mboyle1959

Former long time MBSC client Mike Grier is coaching at the Select 17 camp.

Take a peek

Grier Grooms Next Generation at the Select 17’s

Training Elite Athletes- Be Brilliant at the Basics

Posted in Uncategorized on July 8, 2014 by mboyle1959


This was a great piece originally written by Dewey Nielsen that I referenced yesterday in my Training Swimmers post ( in case you didn’t click the link)

Originally posted on Michael Boyle's Blog:

Training Elite Athletes- Be Brilliant at the Basics

( Editors note- my good friend Dewey Nielsen wrote this as an MMA article. It was so good I edited it to apply to all sports)

What works best for an athlete? Linear or undulating periodization? Kettlebells or dumbbells? Olympic lifts from the floor or hang? What do you do for conditioning?

I get questions like these a lot and usually my answer comes down to “it doesn’t matter”. I am not saying that undulating periodization doesn’t work or kettlebells are worthless. What I am saying is these things only matter once you are “Brilliant at the Basics”. You must first understand a few things:

What is strength?
What is endurance?
What is power?
What is power endurance?
What is speed?
What is agility?
What is mobility?
What is anaerobic and aerobic conditioning?

What are all of these things and how should we train them? Where do these components…

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Strength and Conditioning for Swimmers

Posted in Injuries, Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags on July 7, 2014 by mboyle1959

I received these email questions from a viewer of Functional Strength Coach 5

Here are the questions:

Q 1. Swimming does seem fundamentally different from other sports since we are not on land. I’m trying to figure out how that fact should influence the programming we do during our strength work on land. Swimming is a highly shoulder-driven, internally rotated activity. Keeping shoulders healthy is my primary concern. Do you have any suggestions beyond floor slides to warmup the shoulders and upper body?

My first thought came right from the first hour of the seminar “your sport is not as different as you think”.

This answer was written in a thread on my site by site member Justin Levine

Think of it as “athlete specific” training not sports specific. OF course there are some specific things swimmers need to work on but get them to be a better athlete and they will be better in the pool.
Teach them how to roll and stretch as most youth athletes have no clue how to do this properly. Educate on proper warm-up strategies so they know what to do pre-swim meet. When it comes to the workout, teach basic jumping progressions focusing on landing mechanics first. This will enhance there starts and pushes off the wall. Add in shoulder stability and core stability as fillers. This will create a balance shoulder girdle and a strong core to transfer more force through the legs are arms. Get them “brilliant at the basics” (Thanks Dewey Nielsen author of Brilliant at the Basics) in terms of strength development. Master bodyweight movements first. Split squats, chin-ups, inverted rows, hip lifts, push-ups, planks, push-up walks. Remember to keep it simple because the basic movements will get these kids strong and stable.

The workout I just did with 3 swimmers looked like this:

Foam roll
Mobility/Dynamic warm-up
Ladders drills

1a: Controlled squat jump and stick
1b: MB OH and chest slams
1c: Front Plank
1d: Y’s/T’s

1a: Split squat
1b: Chin-ups
1c: Wall Slides

2a: Hip Lifts
2b: Push-ups
2c: Side Plank

Justin Levine
Owner, California Fitness Academy

Q 2. While leg power is important for swimmers (off the turn and start), it seems less so than for land athletes. Would you recommend a greater emphasis on upper body exercises for swimmers? Unilateral upper body movements for swimmers? I’m even thinking of a band-assisted single-arm pullup rather than a regular two-armed pull-up.

1/3 of the race is start and turn in short course so lower body strength and power are still important. I would not do unilateral bodyweight pulling like you mentioned. I think it could be dangerous.

Bottom line is that although swimming is obviously different, strength training for swimming is not. The same set of basic rules apply.

Fall Mentorship Announced

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on June 30, 2014 by mboyle1959

At MBSC we are trying to do a better job of getting advanced notice out about mentorship weeks so its great that we can announce our next dates of September 15-18th in the month of June.

We will cap this at fifteen so start making plans now. Fall fills fast. To register go to

Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day?

Posted in Fat Loss, Guest Authors, MBSC News, Media, Nutrition, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized on June 28, 2014 by mboyle1959

I’m not sure I agree but I found this latest Mercola article interesting. Food for thought anyway? Research does seem to support the intermittent fasting idea?

Breakfast- Not the Most Important Meal After All…

On the flip side Men’s Health is recommending more eggs for breakfast? I love eggs so I think I’ll try this.

The New Rules of Breakfast?

Handicapping the Perform Better Summit in Chicago

Posted in Uncategorized on June 26, 2014 by mboyle1959

Here we go again. Round 2 for 2014 coming up. The Providence Summit is over and now we are on to Chicago. This weekend (June 27th- 29th) between 800 and 900 coaches, trainers and therapists will experience the best in education for strength and conditioning, rehab and fitness professionals. Providence was amazing and you can expect Chicago to be the same.

As I say every year, if you don’t get to one of these seminars you are making a huge mistake. The biggest complaint continues to be about the inability to see all of the speakers. I spoke to at least one person in Providence who had already registered for Chicago.

Here are my recommendations on a session-by-session basis.

*Every year I say the same thing. I will almost always choose lectures over hands-on. I’m coming to learn, not to get a workout. I may go to a hands-on but, not to get a workout. I’ll go to a hands-on to get “hands on” experience with techniques but, not to get a workout. Save your workout for another day and get some knowledge to help your clients and athletes.

PS-Please accept my apologies if I don’t recommend you as a presenter. It’s not personal but, I have to help people choose.

Friday June 13th

9:15- Tough decision. Mark Verstegen is out at the World Cup. Denis Logan subs for Mark and I’m sure you’ll get a great talk. My choice, the legendary Al Vermeil. Wisdom and experience are in short supply and this guys has a ton.

10:45- Not an easy decision. If you missed the MBSC Winter Seminar go see Bill Knowles. At the same time is Lee Taft. Two really good choices.

1:15- After lunch,John Blievernicht gets the toughest draw of the seminar. Bill Knowles hands on is excellent. I always want to see more of Al Vermeil and to top it off, Gray Cook lectures. Good luck. Three headed coin anyone?

2:45- If you work with athletes, go to Lee Taft’s hands-on, trust me. If you are in the rehab world catch Craig Liebenson’s lecture

4:15- Is a toss up. I love to listen to Thomas Plummer, Lee Burton is always good. I’d be interested in seeing Craig Liebensen’s hands-on?

5:30- Al Vermeil gives the keynote. Al is loaded with stories and with wisdom. Don’t miss this one. PS- FREE BEER at 6:30.

Saturday June 8th

8:00- Saturday at 8 is a no-brainer. Come to my lecture. If you already heard me at a one of the One Days, go listen to Eric Cressey.

9:30- 10:45- This is a really tough slot. Alwyn Cosgrove is always good, but, I’m going to have to recommend Sue Falsone’s lecture. It is always one of my favorites every year.

11-12:15- I’d suggest you attend my hands –on. We’ll cover all of the changes we’ve made to our MBSC warm-ups as well as talk a little breathing. Robert Dos remedios’s lecture was great at the 1 day seminar so if you already heard me, go there.

1:30-2:45- Another toss up. I think any of the four will be good. I’ll let you make your own choice here.

3-4:15 – At 3, pick by your needs? Nutrition? John Berardi. Personal development? Todd Durkin. Programming? Alwyn Cosgrove. Rehab? Sue Falsone. Sue’s hands-on might have a slight advantage in my mind? I’m a huge Sue Falsone fan and only get to see her once a year.

4:35- Q+A. Get your questions answered at the end of the day, great opportunity. I’ll be headed for the airport but there is lots more “socializing” to do.

Sunday June 9th

8- Two good lectures to start the day. Evan Osar is always interesting regardless of topic. If it was me, I’d hit newcomer Brett Klika’s talk. I love Brett’s enthusiasm.

9:30-10:45- At 9:30 Michol Dalcort and Emily Spichal lecture. I have heard great things about Emily so seeing her would be my first recommendation. However, I also love to listen to Michol. Although I don’t always agree with Michol he always makes me think? Bit of a toss up.

11- 12:45- The weekend ends the way it began with tough choices. You would need to come three times to see everything you want. Two good hands –on sessions with Michol and Emily and two good lectures? Once again, you can pick based on your interests? Ed Thomas is always great to listen to? Knowing our history is still important.

Hope my recommendations help again this year.


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