Archive for May, 2009

The Idiot Box Part 3

Posted in Injuries, Random Thoughts, Training on May 31, 2009 by mboyle1959

The internet is an endless supplier of blog fodder. Parts one and two of The Idiot Box got lots of views and lots of comments. You can look back in the previous posts for part 1 and 2 if you haven’t read them. Check out this pictureAromasFGBBox3-th

This might be the ultimate in foolishness. The guy in the picture is jumping onto a pile of bumper plates while the training partner tries to steady the shifting pile with his foot. This is a lawsuit waiting to happen. You have to love the internet.


Why I Love Facebook

Posted in Random Thoughts on May 31, 2009 by mboyle1959

I wrote the post below on May 31 of this year and everything I said is true. I saved it as a draft and I never published it, not sure why to be honest. Today made me realize even more why I love Facebook. I just sent Happy Birthday notes to three people I really value., my neice and two good friends. If it were not for Facebook I would never have remembered. Make sure to read the rest of post and then log in to your Facebook account and check your birthdays.

Recently it came to my attention that Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning had a loosely organized alumni group on Facebook. The group is called Boyle’s Alums. If you are a former MBSC athlete and would like to join and reconnect with old friends look it up. We also have a more formal Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning page and we’d love for you to join that also. Like many soon-to-be fifty year olds, I , until recently, did not have Facebook page. I considered it a “kid thing” that had little value for my generation. Truth is I created a Facebook page because I thought it might be good for business. However, I had a very pleasant surprise. One, it can be good for business as it is a great networking tool. Two, people who I thought I would never see again suddenly came back into my life via Facebook. It seems like almost every day I get a fun little blast from the past from one of my former athletes. It’s great to see who’s married, who has kids and who lives where. I still haven’t figured out how to leverage Facebook for business purposes but, I will soon. In any case it doesn’t matter because I am thoroughly enjoying my use of social media just to renew old acquaintances. I now have over 1000 Facebook friends and am adding new friends every day.

Take a minute. Log on and create a Facebbok page and while you are it, send me a friend request.

Starting at Third Base

Posted in Random Thoughts, Seminars, Training, Uncategorized on May 30, 2009 by mboyle1959

I spoke yesterday at Fitness Millions in NJ for Pat Rigsby, Nick Berry and Jim Labadie. Great guys and great attendees. One of our readers asked if I could share what I talked about, so here goes. Over the next few weeks I’ll pull out some ideas from my talk to share on this blog.

The first thing that came to mind was the concept of “starting on third base”. Every budding coach or trainer wants to start on third and run home. I can’t tell you how often I get people saying something like “Can I help you train your pro athletes?” My answer is always the same. “No, but you can help me train my 12-15 year olds then, if you show me you can coach, you might get better high school kids. Then if you do a really good job you might get to work with the pros”.

The key lesson is that if you want to climb a ladder, don’t try to skip rungs. Be willing to start at the bottom and climb one rung at a time.

Warrior Girls

Posted in Injuries, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized on May 29, 2009 by mboyle1959

I am about 1/4 of the way through the book Warrior Girls- Protecting Our Daughters from the Injury Epidemic in Women’s Sports. I think the book was originally recommended to me by member Bruce Kelly, a coach who has a daughter/ athlete himself. In any case if you have daughters or train female athletes this book should be on your “must read” list. Warrior Girls is not a science book but more of a social commentary on youth sports with particular emphasis on how young females are impacted.

Possibly the most interesting concept in the book is author Michael Sokolove’s premise that the concepts of Title 9 and equality may have done more harm than good in some cases. Many would argue but, please don’t if you haven’t read the book. Sokolove seems to be making the case that some women’s sports advocates may in effect be sweeping the female ACL epidemic under the rug because it may undermine all of the successes of Title 9. Take some time and read Warrior Girls.

40 Times and NFL Success

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training on May 25, 2009 by mboyle1959

A 2008 New York Times article had takes an interesting view of 40 yard dash times and NFL success. The gist of the article was that it is not how fast you run but, a combination of how big you are and how fast you run that predicts success. I have always been a big fan of the Lewis Formula for the same reason. The Lewis Formula takes vertical jump and bodyweight into account. The current standard appears to be the Sayers Formula.

In any case it is obvious that it is not just how fast you run or how high you jump but how much mass is moved in either case that really makes the difference. It is interesting to see how few pro teams in any sport have taken this information into consideration when drafting players. In fact many NHL teams actually value aerobic power over anaerobic power. Scary thought.

Evolution of a Coach

Posted in Uncategorized on May 22, 2009 by mboyle1959

In April of 2007 I wrote a piece called 25 Mistakes in 25 Years. The article was inspired by a Barbara Walters special about her top 30 mistakes in 30 years in the entertainment business. I wrote it on a train to New York City with no expectation. It has been called “the best piece you have ever written” more than once. Because of the excellent response I centered my 2008 Perform Better Summit presentation around the article. In the presentation I outlined the top mistakes of my career and also highlighted my top ten new ideas for 2008.

I also filmed the talk and finally got around to putting it on a DVD. Here is the description from the Perform Better site of Evolution of a Coach

In “The Evolution of a Coach” Michael Boyle shares the lessons he has learned after coaching thousands of athletes over 25 years. The 60 minutes you spend learning from Coach Boyle will help you evolve into a better coach. As one of the foremost coaches in the world, Coach Boyle paved the way for many in the industry, and made the mistakes to prove it.

After watching this lecture, you’ll know why Coach Boyle wants to make sure other coaches don’t make mistakes like:
Not visiting other coaches
Putting square pegs in round holes
Adding without sunbtracting
Confusing disagree with dislike

Hope you take a moment to check it out.

Square Pegs Round Holes

Posted in Uncategorized on May 21, 2009 by mboyle1959

A recent thread on the forum got me thinking. The question was about using med balls throws that might best be called Reverse Throws?

Bottom line, I think these may be a good way to get hurt. I don’t think there is sports skill that I can think of that involves this type of action. I think this is a great example of overthinking and a better example of square pegs in round holes. Think about this violent action done effectively in the wrong direction. Even though the athlete in the video does a pretty good job getting hip internal and external rotation, think about the havoc this wreaks on the back of someone with poor hip mobility. To me the exercise has two huge flaws.
1- No purpose
2- It looks like it was designed as a way to get injured.
Truth is we used to do these ( because we were copycats looking for variations) but, have not for about 6 years.

This Week on

Posted in Uncategorized on May 18, 2009 by mboyle1959

First up this week is a review of the Perform Better Summit in Providence by MBSC’s Dan Gabelman. Dan does a great job highlighting what he saw at the Summit. Don’t forget, you have two more chances in Chicago and Long Beach. Next up is an article from our own Charlie Weingroff called Six Months After Sahrmann. This is a great piece because it is reflective and informative. In addition we are going to feature 3 of my articles and one of Nick Tuminello’s over the next two weeks that have run on T-Nation over the past few months. As I have said before, I continue to write for T-Nation and other sites to draw readers to and, to not limit potentially useful information to our group of informed and educated readers.

Nick’s article is called Five New Exercises. I know I always say the same thing about Nick but, I really like the way he writes and I like the way he thinks. I know you’ll enjoy all of this weeks content.


Anthony Renna and I will be doing our second webinar tomorrow night. You can sign up at the following link
The webinar is titled Beyond Functional Training for Sports- The Joint by Joint Approach and will focus on the philosophical changes I have undergone over the last 5 years. The webinar will be 50 minutes with a 20 minute Q+A to follow.

You can also become a site member and get 2 webinars a month with some of the industry leaders by going to
and signing up as a site member. This is a great opportunity to get amazing info for one low price.

In addition, Anthony is doing a webinar tonight with Alwyn Cosgrove to sign up go to

Video of the Week
Video of the Week is actually Videos of the Week. I posted these in a thread but thought the concept should be shared with the whole site. The videos compare a Lateral Squat with a Rotational Squat and show the differences.
As always don’t forget to check out the StrengthCoach Podcast at .

The Truth About Managing People

Posted in Media on May 17, 2009 by mboyle1959

The Truth About Managing People

I love to recommend new books for people to read. The Truth About Managing People by Stephan P Robbins is a great read for anyone who owns a business, runs a business, or aspires to run one. As I read, I found myself highlighting page after page. I was so excited to give this to our manager to read. I should have just bought a second copy.

The book gives lots of common sense ideas about how to handle almost every employee situation imaginable. My favorite quote from the book is in the first chapter. The author states

“the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior

”. I can’t tell you how many times I thought or hoped someone would change, only to be disappointed. It goes back to the cliché that

“the leopard doesn’t change its spots”


I would strongly recommend that everyone picks up a copy and reads it.

Training the Obese Client

Posted in Uncategorized on May 15, 2009 by mboyle1959

The following was writen by Hank Morse, an MBSC client and the inspiration for my Perform Better talks this year. To learn more about Hank go


The best thing I’ve ever done is decide I needed help with my obesity problem. I started working out at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Winchester, MA, just over a year ago.

I was always intimidated into thinking a personal trainer would be judgemental about my obesity and I didn’t want to face the music. What I found instead is…..I wasted 42 years by postponing my access to their expertise. Their success is determined by your success. The good ones care about your progress 24 hours a day.

I’ve lost 118 pounds with Mike Boyle and his staff and they’ve become not only trainers, but mentors, confidants, therapists and friends. The best professionals in the fitness industry understand the human condition. They know the brain doesn’t always operate in black and white fashion. For the first time in my life I’ve found an organization that understands the mental approach to weight loss. They know that obsessive compulsive behavior can hijack common sense and render it obsolete. So, when you choose someone to work with, they need to understand food, fitness, mental approach, support, communication, fatigue, motivation…..a whole realm of issues. Mike Boyle and his staff understand this and it’s probably why they are the best in the nation at what they do. Whether it was a conversation, encouragement, text message, email or cell phone call, Mike and his staff have always been right there to help me succeed.

42 years…….375 pounds, trouble walking 125 yards.
43 years…….257 pounds, getting ready to walk a half marathon.

Your first step to better health should be choosing a health care advocate. Put yourself first….invest in you. There is not a better return on investment in the world.