Archive for May, 2009

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.

Another Great Motivator

Posted in Uncategorized on May 12, 2009 by mboyle1959

I love to share stories that scream “I can”. So often we are stuck in a negative “can’t” mode, dwelling on our negatives or our shortcomings. Every so often a story comes along that does the opposite. I like to show these clips to my athletes so that they can remember how lucky they are and how much they undervalue their tremendous abilities. Here is another of those stories shared with me by my friend Joan Belkin.

This Week on

Posted in Seminars, Updates, Uncategorized on May 11, 2009 by mboyle1959

This week is business week on Bruce Kelly wrote an excellent article called Ten Do’s for Building Your Fitness Business a few months ago and it has been sitting in my computer. I like the idea of theme weeks and I also like highlighting some good articles that everyone on the site should read or reread. Alwyn Cosgove and Jason Ferrugia’s The Business is one of those articles. I find myself referring back to that article frequently when people ask questions so we will also feature The Business as a Classic this week. In many ways I think the article is more timely now than when it was written a few years ago. Next up is an article from Pat Rigsby called Top 10 Ways to Build your Training or Coaching Business. Pat, Jim Labadie and Nick Berry are running Fitness Millions in New Jersey at the end of month. These guys really understand the business side of our industry and most of us could use some work there. You can get more info at


Video of the Week

Video of the week on the site actually comes from this blog. There are actually 2. The first shows an incorrect box jump, the second shows correct technique. Go back a few days to read The Idiot Box Parts 1 and 2.


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

Perform Better Providence

Posted in Uncategorized on May 7, 2009 by mboyle1959

I just added a new lecture at the Perform Better Summit in Prov this weekend as a “fill in”. Be sure to check out Understanding Sports Hernia on Sunday AM. In addition I will be doing the scheduled lecture and practicals.

May 8-10th the best in education for strength and conditioning, rehab and fitness professionals resumes. If you don’t get to one of these every year you are making a huge mistake. The biggest complaint from attendees is that with four sessions going on at one time it is tough to choose. Here are my picks for each session.

Note- I will almost always choose lectures over hands-on. Just my opinion. I’m here to learn, not to get exercise.

Friday May, 8th

9:45- Go see Bill Parisi. Bill’s talk will have you ready to make friends all weekend.

11:00- Todd Wright is one the funniest speakers here but Martin Rooney is also always good. Flip a coin

1:00- Mark Verstegen is a personal favorite. That’s where I think I’ll be. If you train kids, skip Mark and see Brian Grasso. Brett Jones KB hands-on should also be excellent. This might be the toughest call of the day. ( Brett is also at Long Beach so I can see both)

2:15- Robb Rogers versus Al Vermeil. If this was wrestling I’d go with Rob, he’s at least 15 years younger but, it’s not. I have to choose wisdom over humor. I love Rob but, Al wins by a nose.

3:30- If you skip my hands-on see Brett Jones.

4:45- The great Thomas Plummer runs unopposed. Do not head to the bar early. The beer is free at 6. Thomas always makes me think. I’ll be there.

Saturday May 9th

8:30- Lots of choices. Maybe a toss-up here. I think you’ll enjoy whatever you pick.

9:45- I’m going with a wild card here. Fraser Quelch. I’ve never seen him so this will be my choice.

11- If you came to a one day and saw me, check out Lee Taft if you have an interest in speed. Not interested in speed? Check out Lee Burton or John Graham.

1:00- This is a tough choice but, if you have not seen Todd Durkin’s Going for Greatness go. Todd is a guy who “walks the talk”. Very motivational.

2:15- Another tough call but when in doubt go with Stuart McGill. I learn, relearn or reinforce something every time I hear him. I have probably heard him lecture 10 times and this might be 11.

3:30- Toughest call of the day. 4 great presentations. My choice, Alwyn Cosgrove. A really funny but, to the point presentation. If you attended a one day and have already heard Alwyn, flip a coin.

4:35- Q+A. Don’t say Chris Poirier doesn’t deliver. Get your questions answered at the end of the day, great opportunity.

Sunday May 10th

8- Stuart McGill again. Anthony always does a great hands-on but Stuart is my recommendation.

9:15- This is without a doubt another difficult time slot. I haven’t heard Vern for a while so I am anxious to see him speak. I also want to see Greg’s Quick Screen. I’m going to Vern’s lecture and then Greg’s hands-on at 11:45.

10:30- Again a McGill recommendation even though it is a hands-on.

11:45- As before a tough decision but, I’ll make up for missing Greg Rose’s lecture and see his hands.

Truth is, I can see why a few attendees come more than once. By coming three times I will see everything I want. You will not be so lucky. Hope my recommendations help.

Don’t forget that you can listen to audio interviews by each presenter about their topic at

The Idiot Box- Day 2

Posted in Uncategorized on May 6, 2009 by mboyle1959

I got an interesting response yesterday that made me realize that I could take this post a step further. The video below shows a perfect box jump


The next video shows what  a “too high” box jump looks like:

As I said yesterday, it’s not how high the box is, it’s the movement of the center of mass. High boxes can be dangerous.

To learn more you can order my Plyometric Training DVD.