Questions from New Functional Training for Sports and FSC 6

Posted in Core training, Injuries, Low Back Pain, MBSC News, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training on January 13, 2017 by mboyle1959

I got a few questions from someone who had bought New Functional Training for Sports

NewFTFS_Coverand Functional Strength Coach 6.0fsc6webimageso, I figured, why not make it into a blog post? So, here goes.

1. What is your opinion about RFESS jumps? Can they be used to develop power?

I love rear foot elevated split squat jumps as well as explosive step ups as power exercises. We do both

2. Why do you emphasize a 5 second holds in quadruped opposite extensions and other exercises?

We use five second holds to eliminate momentum and cheating. My old friend Al Visnick ( a PT) once said “if you want to develop stabilizers, you need to give them time to stabilize”.

3. Why you do not want your athletes and clients to hold plank for longer than 30 seconds?

In a word, because it’s boring. I just can’t see any reason to do it.

4. What number exercise ratios would you suggest between anti-rotation, anti-extension and anti-lateral flexion exercises? Are there any recommended stability levels?

Ideally I’d love to have 2 of each per week. In a four day program we can generally do that. In a two day we might get one anti-extension and one anti-lateral flexion.

 

PS- if you want your questions answered every day, why not check out Strengthcoach.com ? It’s the best choice for strength and conditioning information on the internet.

Karaoke vs Carioca?

Posted in MBSC News, Random Thoughts, Training, Youth Training on January 12, 2017 by mboyle1959

If I see this again, I’m going to scream.

I got an athletes warm-up that had them doing karaoke. Now, karaoke is fun but, it’s not a warm-up.

This is karaoke , really bad Tina Turner, but karaoke.

This is carioca, a lateral movement drill that is appropriate for warm-up

Please, stop confusing the two. It makes me crazy.

PS- if you want your questions answered every day, why not check out Strengthcoach.com ? It’s the best choice for strength and conditioning information on the internet.

Training the Endurance Athlete

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2017 by mboyle1959

Do you work with endurance athletes? If you do, here’s an article I added to our free articles section on StrengthCoach.com on training endurance athletes.

Training the Endurance Athlete

Great Sleep Article

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2017 by mboyle1959

Here’s a great article from the Mercola site on sleep

Sleep Article

What We Need is Speed

Posted in Uncategorized on January 4, 2017 by mboyle1959

I purchased this a few weeks and declared it “the best speed book since The Charlie Francis Training System”

After finishing it, I’ll say it again.

I have pages of notes and love the brilliant simplicity of the book.

Quotes like ” train as much as necessary, not as much as possible” fill the book. The short section on Speed for Team Sports is worth the price of the book.

As an added bonus, the author, Henk Kraaijenhof , has agreed to be our guest speaker at the MBSC Winter Seminar on February 25th.

To order, click the link below:

http://amzn.to/2j3O7qQ

img_2714

Association between Lower Extremity Muscle Strength and Noncontact ACL Injuries.

Posted in Uncategorized on December 3, 2016 by mboyle1959

This is a great example of why we need to read studies, not conclusions.

Association between Lower Extremity Muscle Strength and Noncontact ACL Injuries.

The title should have been Association Between Incredibly Outdated Strength Training Concepts and Noncontact ACL Injuries. 

The study measured peak concentric isokinetic quadriceps and hamstring torques (60°·s), hamstring-to-quadriceps ratio, isometric hip abduction strength, and one-repetition maximum in a seated leg press.

Ouch.

This was the conclusion:

“Peak lower extremity strength was not associated with an increased ACL injury risk among female elite handball and football players. Hence, peak strength, as measured in the present study, cannot be used to screen elite female athletes to predict injury risk.”

Nordic Leg Curls- The Question or the Answer?

Posted in Uncategorized on November 21, 2016 by mboyle1959

Soccer ( football to our European friends) has a huge problem. Hamstring strains are near epidemic levels. The NFL is not far behind.

As usual, the researchers have all the answers. Actually the answer. DO MORE NORDICS.

Ok, you might ask yourself, “what is a Nordic” and “will it actually prevent hamstring injury”?

Both are good questions so, lets answer them in order:

1- a “Nordic” is basically an eccentric hamstring exercise. Probably in the glute hamstring raise family but without equipment. ( see Mike Boyle on Glute Hams Youtube)

The truth is the Nordic Leg Curl demoed above may be more a test than an exercise or, may be the peak of a very steep pyramid of posterior chain exercise?

I think it’s a real oversimplification to say “just do these Nordic Leg Curls” and you will have healthy hamstrings. I think attempting these exercises with beginners is more of an accident waiting to happen and, not have a progression to get to “Nordics” might in fact cause some injuries.

To learn more, read this:

Mike Boyle- Dealing With Hamstring Injury