Archive for April, 2009

Spring 2009 Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning Mentorship Announced

Posted in Uncategorized on April 8, 2009 by mboyle1959

Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning would like to invite strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other health professionals to participate in its Strength and Conditioning Mentorship Program May 11-14. The program will run the week after the Perform Better Summit in Providence so think about spending a week on your education.

This program was designed to educate industry professionals on current training techniques through physical participation, workout observation, and in depth discussions with me and my staff. . Other mentorships allow access to the facility but, not the owner. The feedback that we received from previous attendees is that our mentorship is unique because you spend time in Q+A with me every day.

Participants will be introduced to the latest injury reduction and performance enhancement methods.

Applied Topics Covered in Program:

  • Soft Tissue Techniques
  • Muscle Activation
  • Pre-movement Stretching
  • Active Warm Up
  • Plyometrics/Balance
  • Speed/Agility
  • Core Stability/Strength
  • Explosive Training
  • Innovative Strength Training Exercises
  • Conditioning Techniques
  • Injury Rehabilitation


The Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning Mentorship Program is offered during selected weeks throughout the year.  This will be the only opportunity in the next six months to participate. Participants can expect to partake in four workouts within that week in order to physically experience the training concepts taught during the program. It is asked that participants come prepared for activity with proper performance apparel.

Mentorship participants will have the option to stay at the Best Western New Englander in Woburn at our corporate rate. Please call to book your room at 781-935-8160

To register go to and click on participate or simply click the link. Cost is $995.


Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2009 by mboyle1959

Alwyn Cosgrove is one of my best friends in the field, and in addition is one of the best coaches and fitness business minds out there. You may also know that Alwyn is a two-time Stage IV cancer survivor, having beaten lymphoma not once but twice. Alwyn’s emails during his cancer fight often left me in tears. He is a friend I appreciate every day because I almost lost him.

 To help the fight against cancer, Alwyn put together a great collection of articles and programs from the world’s best strength coaches and personal trainers. ALL proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The project is called, “Lift Strong”, and it’s one of the best investments you’ll ever make. To get your copy go to

For less than $25 you get to be smarter and fight cancer.

This Week on

Posted in Uncategorized on April 6, 2009 by mboyle1959

 First up this week is an article originally published on Anthony Renna’s  site . The article is by David Ostrow and is titled simply Low Back Injuries. I thought it was a great basic piece that would benefit our readers and, Anthony and David were nice enough to let us reprint it.

Next up is another from Aaron Brooks called Your Quadriceps and Calfs are Hip Extensors- Is it Possible?. I love Aaron’s stuff, it really makes you think.

Last but certainly not least in another article from Nick Tuminello called Joint Friendly Lifting. Nick is another great young coach who is developing some great progressions.

No theme this week, just a lot of food for thought that will hopefully produce some great forum posts.

Video of the Week

Video of the week comes from our good friend Tim Vagen. Tim is another great contributor to the site and has sent some t-spine mobility videos in. I know you’ll enjoy them.

As always don’t forget to check out the StrengthCoach Podcast  at 

Hope you enjoy the week.

PS- Please take a minute and tell your friends about We are changing the way a lot of people think about sports performance training all over the world. 


Baby Boomer 1 Leg Squats

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, Random Thoughts, Training, Uncategorized on April 4, 2009 by mboyle1959

The video below shows one of my clients doing what we refer to as a static unsupported one leg squat. The client pictured is 61 years old. I love to show theses videos to demonstrate what great shape people can get in. Yes, I know that depth and back position could be a little better but, when you see this degree of strength and stability in an older client it is encouraging. All too often we set the bar way too low for our clients. I am conservative in my exercise choices and loads but, will progress a client when I think it is safe and beneficial. The external load is 30 lbs. consisting of a 20 lb weight vest and 5 lb dumbbells. The dumbbells act as a counterbalance to allow the client to sit back and also also encourage some thoracic extension. 

Training the Baby Boomer

Posted in Core training, Fat Loss, Injuries, Low Back Pain, Random Thoughts, Training, Uncategorized on April 2, 2009 by mboyle1959

Training the members of the baby boomer generation represents some unique challenges. Many in this age bracket are fit and want to be challenged by a workout. As a result many are drawn to excessive routines like CrossFit  or to endurance training like triathlons. Our job as trainers is to challenge the baby boomers while we respect what might be politely called high mileage bodies. Much like a great car that will continue to run, the baby boomer can continue to exercise if a smart program is employed. Just remember, smart has nothing to do with machines. We need to challenge but ,not injure. My analogy is the classic car. It looks great, and runs great but, probably would not make it through the Indy 500.

This is a great video of one of my clients performing a feet elevated push-up on a BOSU, with a 2o lb weight vest. The client is 61 years old and is an excellent example of how far you can push a baby boomer.