Archive for September, 2009

This Week on

Posted in Uncategorized on September 14, 2009 by mboyle1959

I have a bunch of good video stuff to add this week so we this will be a video week instead of a reading week. First up is a short video from Dan Liburd called Lateral Squat Movement and Progressions. Dan is the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Buffalo Bills, a Springfield Grad and a fomer MBSC intern.

In addition a forum member asked for some additional explanation of my Low Back Reconditioning Program so we will post the remaining videos for that  article also. Anthony already posted a few so make sure you go back and reread the article. One note. The Supine Psoas video is mislabeled. It is labeled Prone Psoas.

Last up is a video clip I have not seen yet. The clip is Warm-up for Cricket. As I have stated previously I really want to continue to cater to our international readers as they make up a large portion of our membership. Renato Capobianco’s soccer info has been an excellent addition and cricket is another sport that has huge participation outside the US.

Video of the Week

There will be no video of the week this week for obvious reasons. Instead, we’ll have article of the week. A reversal of sorts. Article of the week is Swing Speed Part 1 another excellent piece from Joe Bonyai.

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Just a reminder, the articles and videos go up over the course of the week. If you don’t se what you are looking for, check bak tomorrow. Hope you enjoy the week.



Why I Love Social Media

Posted in MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts on September 11, 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.

Age is Just a Number

Posted in Media, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Youth Training on September 10, 2009 by mboyle1959

I am just finished Dara Torres book Age is Just a Number. It has been a great look into one of the most amazing female athletes of our time. A world record at 15 and an Olympic Medal at 41 in the same event? It is truly amazing. What is more amazing is Torres’ frank discussion of her eating disorder and training mistakes. Former Florida Panthers S+C Coach Andy O”Brien figures prominently in the book as do many other coaches. Torres’ embracing the latest training techniques and admitting her mistakes is also refreshing. Torres touts the value of proper stretching ( by the way, who else has been taling about stretching lately), massage, an up to date strength program and the value of doing less when all around you are doing more.

I actually got to spend a few hours with Dara Torres about 15 years ago when she was doing media work during one of her many retirements.  She probably doesn’t remember me but, I remember her. I actually tried to pull out the old VHS tape but, it had dried up in storage. We filmed an episode of a show called Cross Training with the Pros with NHL Hall of Famer Cam Neely. Unfortunately, the show had a short cable life. Too bad, I think the idea was ahead of its time. In any case, the book is a great honest read. Pick up a copy. 

PS- I feel like Oprah. My last two recommendations Outliers and Born to Run were 1-2 on the New York Times non-fiction best seller list last time I checked..

Reality Based Fitness Podcast

Posted in Injuries, Media, Random Thoughts, Training on September 8, 2009 by mboyle1959

Just in case you are interested Patrick Ward and Keats Snideman interviewed me for their Reality Based Fitness Podcast. Take a few minutes and check out the interview if you have time.

Reality Based Fitness Mike Boyle Interview

In addition, I also did one for Mike Robertson for his In the Trenches Podcast.

Mike Robertson Podcast

This Week on

Posted in Uncategorized on September 7, 2009 by mboyle1959

Summer is over and with the kids back at school I finally feel like I can breath. I now have time to go through my inbox and get organized. One of the bonuses of a little bit of time is that I can look at my backlog of articles and begin to pull out some good stuff that I have overlooked. I found two great articles from site member Jon Messner to share with you. I like Jon’s writing style and found this first piece both interesting and funny. Now Hiring looks at the process of obtaining clients from a slightly different perspective.

Jon’s second article You Pain in the Glute – Part 1 -Personal Training for Clients with Back Pain really it a nerve for me. I just met with a friend who has  a serious back issue with multiple disk issues and went through our basic core program with him. He has seen numerous doctors and physical therapists so I assumed he would have some understanding of the proper rehab/ core program. I was disappointed again. This poor guy had no idea about even the most basic things he needed to do.

As a result I decided to share our basic Low Back Reconditioning Program as our third article this week. This program is the base for all of our athletes and clients with low back issues.

Video of the Week

Video of the week is the Supine Bent Leg Abduction listed on the Low Back Reconditioning Program. This is a great exercise to combine the abduction / external rotation action at the hip. Another way to describe the exercise in a Bent Leg External Rotation. The key is to not just abduct but to externally rotate by pushing the heels together and the toes apart.

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Hope you enjoy the week.



Inspiration from Strange Places

Posted in Random Thoughts on September 4, 2009 by mboyle1959

Inspiration can come from strange places. A few weeks ago my wife said “you should read the article in Parade Magazine about Ashton Kutcher”. My immediate response was “why?”. Her response was simple. “Just read it”. For those that are married you know that I followed instructions. For those that are single,  well you’ll learn.

Now in my mind Ashton Kutcher is famous for only one thing, marrying Demi Moore. Not a bad accomplishment but, I draw very limited inspiration from thirty one year old actors with older wives. However as I  read the article my admiration actually grew. Kutcher was a small town boy who left Cedar Rapids, Iowa to become a model at 19. The guy has some “you know whats”. 

What really struck me was this quote. 

“If you stop working at your career, it goes away. When things are good, that’s when you have to work harder, because otherwise it will disappear. And if you don’t work toward it, you’re not really appreciating what you’ve got.”

Pretty insightful for a 31 year old actor. One thing I know is that the people who are successful in this field, the Todd Durkins, the Alwyn Cosgroves, the Mark Verstegens worked hard when they had nothing and have continued to work hard when things are good. I believe they appreciate what they have but, they keep working. As I said, inspiration comes from strange places.

So Much for Early Specialization

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training on September 1, 2009 by mboyle1959

I am a big Tiger Woods fan. Not a big golf fan but, a fan of the man who changed how everyone trains for the game of golf. However, I hate the idea that everyone believes putting a club in little Tigers hands at age three was the key. People love to point this fact out as they torture their own children with early specialization. 

Guess what? Two weeks ago  Tiger lost to an athlete who started golfing at 19. He was actually working at a driving range in South Korea. It didn’t matter that he didn’t start at age 3 or 4 or 5. Something else mattered, probably talent. Interestingly enough the Long Term Development Model currently becoming so popular in so many sports shows clearly that early specialization is actually a detriment to long term development. The folks at TPI ( the go to guys in golf fitness) are currently using a model that discourages the concept of giving clubs to three year olds. The first stage of development is actually supposed to be FUN. 

Just want to take a moment to point out that you don’t have to start in the crib to be good at something. I always tell the parents I deal with that there may be thousands of kids who hate their parents for every Tiger Woods or Maria Sharapova.