Archive for June, 2009

The Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning Internship Experience with Sam Leahy: Preface and Move In Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized on June 14, 2009 by mboyle1959

This is our first “guest author” post. Sam Leahy, a member and forum contributor, is interning at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning. Once a week for the next ten weeks Sam will post about his experience.


Yesterday I received an email from Coach Boyle asking me if I would consider blogging about my summer internship at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning. Of course I jumped at the opportunity. After plenty of thought I realized I could probably write volumes about such an amazing experience because one, I like to talk, two because MBSC is just downright AWESOME, and three, well, let’s just say Coach Boyle is kind of a big deal.

For the past 4 years I’ve been double majoring in Exercise Science and Physical Education and this is the first time I don’t have to take classes. So what else would I do with an unscheduled summer than the obvious choice, to intern at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning! For those of you out there who were privileged enough to intern at MBSC I’m sure you’ll find these blogs posts bringing back many similar memories. For the ones about to an internship or contemplating it, I highly suggest you read through these weekly posts as I’ll be giving you the behind the scenes look into one of the greatest training facilities in the world as well as all the epiphanies and insights gained. All together these weekly blog posts will be a hodgepodge of coaching experiences, shop talk, performance enhancement goodies, and Mike Boyle madness!!! But for this first entry, we’ll keep it a light hearted.

The Move In

I guess it goes without saying that an up and coming internship with Mike Boyle would have any up and coming strength coach’s adrenaline going. I think my blood pressure went up to pre-hypertensive levels with all the excitement and anticipation. The interns were scheduled to move into the intern house the weekend prior to staff training week. I arrived early that Friday morning and was I surprised. I expected to show up to some old raggedy shack or an old motel, but this place was no joke. For a summer housing unit I feel like I moved into the Crown Plaza hotel. This place is nice! If you’re one of those potential interns that care more about the summer housing than the actual training experience, this is the internship for you! Everyone has a private room with a queen sized bed, full size closet, and a few piece of hotel like furniture. Bedrooms are fully carpeted and everywhere else is nice hardwood floors or tile. It’s a double sided house so there’s two of everything, which is great. There are two kitchens, living rooms, 4 bathroom, and two laundry rooms.

Here are a couple snap shots and a video showing how performance enhancement specialists live in comfort and training greatness. . .





Perform Better Summit Day 1

Posted in Uncategorized on June 13, 2009 by mboyle1959

Great day yesterday. Started with John Berardi at 9:45 and then listened to a great talk by Todd Wright. Todd is the basketball strength coach at U. of Texas and a great guy. Besides that he is a Boston guy and a Springfield College guy. Can’t get much better than that.
Finished up with a few beers with Jared Nessland and Nate Baukol. Day 2. Coming up. I speak at 11 and 1 and then home to see Cindy and the kids.

Handicapping the Perform Better Summit in Chicago

Posted in Uncategorized on June 10, 2009 by mboyle1959

June 12-14 in Chicago the best in education for strength and conditioning, rehab and fitness professionals continues. As I said in my last article 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. It’s tough for me too but, just like you I have to choose. Download the schedule first so you can follow along

Here are my recommendations for Chicago:

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

Friday June 12th

9:45-  In Providence I recommended you go see Bill Parisi. Bill’s talk will have you ready to make friends all weekend. However, I think at Chicago I might go with super-nutritionist John Berardi

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

1:00- Mark Verstegen is a personal favorite. However, I think Michol Dalcort is on of the next great presenters. I might make an exception and tell you to see a hands-on

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, everyone should se Al. Al’s lecture is part Will Rogers and part strength and conditioning history. I would call Al my “must see”.  At Providence most of the best coaches at the seinar were at Al’s lecture. That should tell you something. Todd Wright, Mark Verstegen, Brian Grasso, Brett Jones. Al’s room is loaded with speakers looking to get better from the master.

3:30- If you skip my hands-on see Michols’ lecture..

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 June 13th

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. Go see Robert Dos Remedios.

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 Ed Thomas. Ed’s stuff is great.

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 Dos again.

3:30- Toughest call of the day. My choice, Alwyn Cosgrove. A really funny but, to the point presentation. If you attended a one day and have already heard Alwyn, check out Sue Falsone. I got a lot out of her talk in Providence.

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 June 14th

8   Hands on with the legendary Vern Gambetta. Tough to pass up.

9:15- This is without a doubt another difficult time slot. Bill Hartmann defends the title of “The Smartets Guy You’ve Never Heard”.  I want to see Greg’s Quick Screen. I’d be going to Bill’s lecture and then Greg’s hands-on at 11:45.

10:30-  Vern’s lecture gets the nod again.

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.

This Week on

Posted in Updates, Uncategorized on June 8, 2009 by mboyle1959

This week could be called “previously seen on T-Nation week” as two of the articles appeared first at Our first article this week is called Things I Never Did, Used to Do or Just Starting Doing Again. This article appeared a few months ago on t-nation but has never been published here.

The next article, Hypertrophy for Athletes should provoke some interesting dialogue on the forum. The article was written in response to the question “Mike, do you do hypertrophy training for your athletes?” I’m looking forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts.

Our next article is another one I wrote called Is Sport Specific Training a Myth. This also appeared a few months ago on t-nation but, I want to share it with our readers who may not read that site. The article looks at the idea of “specific” exercises for each sport and whether this really makes sense. Just a quick thanks to Lou Schuler for editing all three. The man is a master.

Because two articles were previously published elsewhere I decided to throw in a bonus article. A Simple Drill for the Enhancement of the Athletic Reaction Time, Foot, and Hand Speed comes courtesy of my good friend Robert Panariello. Rob has a wealth of knowledge to share and brings up a great drill that athletes really enjoy.

Video of the Week

Video of the week is from my A Joint by Joint Approach to Warm-up and Training DVD. The Stability Ball Internal Rotation stretch is an excellent way to improve hip internal rotation mobility. With all the forum talk on hips I figure another good hip stretch is the way to go. The key here is to develop internal rotation with the hip in neutral or a slight degree of flexion. This will stretch the remaining 5 lateral rotators that attach to the ischium.


Also, a quick reminder. Today is the last day for the discount at . You can sign up today for $19.99 a month. The price goes up $10 tomorrow. This might be one of the best education ideas in a long time. As Anthony said, “never leave home again” if you don’t want to.

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

Hope you enjoy the week.



Never Leave Your Home Again

Posted in Seminars on June 4, 2009 by mboyle1959

SCWebinars.comGreat New Resource

I know some of you have heard about it but I really wanted to make sure you all know about Anthony Renna’s (from the Strength Coach Podcast) great new resource called Strength and Conditioning Webinars.

If you don’t know what a webinar is, it’s just a presentation that you watch and listen to on your computer. I have done two of them already and I have another one planned in a few weeks because I love the format.

What he will be doing is hosting at least 2 webinars a month with coaches like me, Alwyn Cosgrove and Gray Cook. He will also be
adding bonus webinars all the time. If you listen to the Strength Coach Podcast, you know that Anthony always over-delivers with Special episodes and features and he will be doing the same on

The best part is that he records them so you don’t have to be on the call to watch. You can watch anytime you like. If you are
as busy as I am, that is a great option.

There is also a forum (it’s the same format as for presenters to answer questions specifically about their topics.

Webinars are usually $25-30 for each one, and Anthony is really making them affordable. For only $29.99 a month, you will get 2-3 webinars each month and access to the presenter forums. That is a great price.

Even Better.
For the Pre-launch special right now, until Monday, June 8, you can sign up to become a member for $19.99 a month. If you want
to save even more money, sign up for the year at $199.

This month, Anthony has webinars scheduled with Tim Vagen (Shoulder Injuries), Tim Yuhas (Preventing ACL’s) and me (Understanding Sports Hernias). He is scheduling Gray Cook, Robert Dos Remedios, Eric Cressey, Nick Tumminello, Nick Winkelman, Charlie Weingroff, Dewey Nielson, Daniel Martinez, Frank Dolan, Geralyn Coopersmith and so many more for upcoming webinars.

Judging from Anthony’s work on the Strength Coach Podcast and, I know this is going to be a well run,
professional membership site with an incredible opportunity for you to stay up to date with all the current topics in Strength and Conditioning, Personal Training and Physical Therapy.

Do the math- if Anthony only does the 2 webinars he is guaranteeing each month (and I know he’ll do more, he already has them lined up) at $19.99 a month, that’s $240 for the year. That comes out to $10 a webinar. You can’t afford NOT to be part of

Remember, the pre-launch ends on Monday June 8 so go and sign up for $19.99 a month. You will be glad you did.

Between and, you will never have to leave home again!

Never Let Go

Posted in Uncategorized on June 4, 2009 by mboyle1959

Never Let Go is the title of Dan John’s new book. If the first thing you think when you read this is “who’s Dan John”, you have some catching up to do. Dan might be my favorite writer in the world of strength and conditioning. Dan’s stuff is common sense and witty.

Here are few gems I wrote down while devouring Dan’s book this week.

On Diet – ” As a senior at Utah State I weighed 218 and threw the discus 190 ft.. Then I got some advice from the people at the Olympic Training Center. I needed carbs they advised and lots of them. They pointed to studies done on American distance runners. I should have followed the logic… Being an idiot I took the advice to eat like emaciated over-trained sub-performers. It took years of high carb grazing to learn the evils of this advice.”

On Physical Education- ” Today the wise leaders of our youth have banned rope climbing because it is dangerous. Guns, drugs and bombs make it into high school but, rope climbing is dangerous.”

Want more gems? Contact my friend Laree Draper at

This Week on

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2009 by mboyle1959

First up this week on the site is a great article from Jim Reeves. Jim writes forum posts that are often “article worthy”. Jim’s response to a forum question about skating treadmills ( The Skating Treadmill Debate) is one of those. Next up is a great piece from Boston University Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Glenn Harris titled PreSeason Training for Basketball. This is an incredibly complete article that was so good I had to publish it right away. I thought about saving it for fall but my goal is to get the best info possible to our readers so, here it is.

Last but not least is A Weekend at TPI by Bruce Kelly. Bruce’s work should be becoming more familiar to all of you. Greg Rose and Dave Phillips of TPI are changing the world of golf and are beginning to move into other sports. Take a moment to read about a phenomenal education program.

As I mentioned before 25 Mistakes in 25 Years- Evolution of a Coach is now available on DVD
If you would like to purchase a copy you can click the link above.

Video of the Week

Video of the week comes from site member and contributor Dewey Neilsen of Impact Jujitsu. Dewey has an excellent video of potential inverted row progressions using the TRX.

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