Archive for December, 2008

Youth Sports Advice

Posted in Uncategorized on December 30, 2008 by mboyle1959

I’ve posted frequently about youth sports as it’s an area I feel passionate about. Parade Magazine had two great articles one Who’s Killing Kids Sports and Raising Responsible Kids . Although the second article doesn’t have the word “sports” in the title it applies directly to sports parents. We have to acknowledge that we as parents are the problem and the solution.

We need to remember that the purpose of sports is to help kids deal with success and with failure. Both lessons are equally important. I remember doing a paper in high school about cooperation and competition and for the first time realizing that a good team fosters both. As a parent try to remember that losing has many more valuable life lessons than winning.

This Week on

Posted in Uncategorized on December 29, 2008 by mboyle1959

This week as always we have three excellent new articles. Two are written by authors you are becoming familiar with, Jon Messner and Anthony Renna, the last one comes to us from Tyler Fagan, a first time contributor to the site.
Reactive Agility- Tyler Fagan
Tyler shows some excellent YouTube clips of reactive agility drills.
Chin up or Chin Down- Jon Messner
If you read Jon’s last article you’ll see the same style. This article is loaded with pictures and asks some good questions. I know I was a little more conscious of head positions this week after reading Jon’s article.
Does Your Ham Fit Into Your Pot- Anthony Renna
After my Advanced Program Design two part series Anthony asks the question “Does Your ham Fit Into Your Pot”? I love the way Anthony thinks and I loved this article.

PS- Don’t forget Episode 26 of the StrengthCoach Podcast with this weeks guest Nick Tuminello.
PSS- Tomorrow night (Dec 29th) we’ll repeat our Strength Coach Webinar -Fat Loss Secrets for the New Year. The webinar will be 75 minutes. 45 minutes of lecture with a 30 minute Q+A.

Check out a few impressions of the first one.

“Thanks for hosting the webinar last night. I think if you did one everyday, I would change my schedule around to be present. In fact, I would make it mandatory for my staff to be present as well. “

“Great job with presentation tonight. I regularly work with men and women in the “obese category” along with the athletes I coach and my approach is most similar to what you presented. That be known, as always I come away with some great stuff from your superb ability to convey practical information. Looking forward to the next one.”

Hope you enjoy the week. Make sure to log on and check out

Lets Hear It for AOL

Posted in Uncategorized on December 28, 2008 by mboyle1959

Liz Neporent and Ralf Hennig got it right today on AOL. I’m always a big critic of mainstream media when they put up “fitness tips”. Usually it’s stuff like “go for a walk”, take a yoga class etc. I was pleasantly surprised when I clicked on the 10 exercises to not do and saw leg extensions, behind the neck pulldowns and the Ab/ Add Machine. The writers got most of it right. I’m still leery of the squat caution ( don’t go to low) but, I don’t want to nit pick. This is a great piece if you can print it out for your personal training clients who may be a tough sell. Check it out.

The Deception of Research

Posted in Uncategorized on December 26, 2008 by mboyle1959

The Journal of the American Dietetic Assoc recently reported that there was a relationship between egg intake and heart failure. The inference is that egg consumption could lead to heart failure. However, when you read the abstract a few things become clear. One, the data is from 1987 to 1995. During this time period eggs were on the “forbidden fruit” list. The other food category that was associated with heart failure was high fat dairy products also “forbidden fruit” at the time. Whole grains were associated with a lower risk.

Eating as described in the study would have been described as “healthy” at the time the study was conducted. This is another “eggs are bad” study with no real research to support it. What I think the study does show is that those who attempt to follow the dietary guidelines currently available will have a lower chance of heart failure. What do you think?

PS- Make sure to take a minute to check out the most recent Strength Coach Podcast featuring Coach Nick Tuminello at

More On the Thoracic Spine

Posted in Guest Authors, Injuries, Media, Training, Uncategorized on December 24, 2008 by mboyle1959

My friends Matt Fitzgerald and Jen Sinkler at Experience Life Magazine are doing a great job of taking the cutting edge stuff we use and getting to the masses. Check out the piece below called <a href=”http://“>Back in Trouble

Epsiode 26- Strength Coach Podcast

Posted in Uncategorized on December 23, 2008 by mboyle1959

Check out Episode 26 of The Strength Coach Podcast.

It features an interview with Nick Tumminello, myself, and Rob Milani from Perform Better. Also, Gray Cook answers a question about the Chop & Lift.

Check it out at

Pay It Forward

Posted in Uncategorized on December 23, 2008 by mboyle1959

Last night my wife and I had a conversation about “paying it forward”. If you haven’t seen the movie, please rent it. For those that might be unfamiliar, the concept of paying it forward is similar to paying someone back. However the key is that the receiver has to respond by helping someone else, instead of helping the person that helped them. I love the concept and try to live it every day. The reason the topic came up was that one of our current Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning interns is heading off to another internship in the NBA courtesy of one of my former employees. Shin Tahara will be working for the Chicago Bulls thanks to Assistant Strength Coach Josh Bonhotal. Josh came to MBSC by way of Al Vermeil and Mike Potenza ( current San Jose Sharks Strength and Conditioning Coach and former MBSC intern). I recommended Mike for his current job. Mike paid it forward to Josh and recommended him to me. Now Josh pays it forward to Shin. Paying it forward is a wonderful way to create a network and a legacy.

I try to pay it forward every chance I get to honor people like Don Chu, Vern Gambetta, Al Vermeil, Mike Woicek, Rusty Jones, Johnnie Parker and a host of other great coaches who answered a young coaches questions when there was nothing in it for them. I believe you do your best work when you expect nothing in return. As I age I also believe more and more that what goes around comes around. Karma is an interesting concept.