Archive for October, 2009

Reflecting on 50

Posted in Uncategorized on October 31, 2009 by mboyle1959

Today is my 50th birthday. Where did the time go? On a day like today I can’t help but think that my Dad died at 62. Although it seemed so unfair then, it is really scary now. Don’t want to get all corny on you but, all the cliches about living life to the fullest are absolutely true.

On this special day I’ll get to do all the things I love. I’ll train some clients this morning and see my great staff in action. I’ll sit with my beautiful wife and watch my daughter play soccer and hockey while I watch my son play in the grass. After that I’ll take to take a nap. Then I’ll go and get my BU guys ready to hopefully sweep UMass Lowell.

I’ll finish my evening with a few beers with good friends in a house filled with kids. Life is good.

No More Squats Part 3

Posted in Core training, Injuries, Low Back Pain, Media, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Youth Training on October 30, 2009 by mboyle1959

Depending who you talk to this week I am a genius or just an idiot. In case you have been under a rock Pat Beith, my partner in Functional Strength Coach 3.0, posted a video clip he called The Death of Squatting. The clip is the talk of the internet forums.  I just want to take a moment to clarify. As I said last week, I did not make this decision on a whim. I have been thinking about this concept for years. Look at the definition of the word transducer below:

Transducer- An element or device which receives information in the form of one quantity and converts it to information in the form of the same or another quantity

The conclusion I arrived at is that the back is a poor transducer. The back actually prevents the legs from being fully worked in the vast majority of the population. The act of squatting terminates when the lumbar spine can no longer effectively bear or transfer load. I have watched thousands ( maybe millions) of squats and rarely have I seen the legs fail. It is always the back. As a result, single leg work just makes sense. Take a minute and read the article if you haven’t already done so.

PS- We haven’t stopped doing bilateral exercises or, lifting heavy weights. We still Trap Bar Deadlift and Olympic lift. I also think that bilateral exercise is crucial for beginners. However, if you have experienced athletes and you want to keep them healthy and get them strong consider the Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat.

Flu Shot or No Flu Shot?

Posted in Media, Random Thoughts on October 27, 2009 by mboyle1959

Flu shot or no flu shot? I have to admit I love the website  Is Dr. Mercola maybe a little out there? Does he push a lot of product? I’d have to say yes to both. However, my research also leads me to believe that much of what is posted on the site is accurate and well intended.

Dr. Mercola is clearly anti-flu shot. So am I. I have never had one and neither have my children. Take a minute and read the post on Dr. Mercola’s site. Do it before you get a shot. I think industries like the large food conglomerates and the big pharmacy groups may not always have our best interest at heart. Evidence still continues to prove this out.

If you doubt it, go back and look at this post about the actions of the food industry. I really believe that we now have to consider the motives whenever we deal with large public corporations.

This Week on

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26, 2009 by mboyle1959

This was a big week for me and a big week for We released Functional Strength Coach 3.0 which was a big success. I also inadvertently created an internet sensation when we released a clip that Pat Beith ( he was in charge in marketing Functional Strength Coach 3.0) called The Death of Squatting. That clip will actually be Video of the Week on the site this week in case you were under a rock last week. The funny thing is that I have mentioned for years that I have teetered on the brink of taking conventional squats out of the program. Pat simply took one of the more controversial/ provocative clips out of the seminar to generate more interest. As always, it generated the same responses from the same internet hate mongers.

Like me or hate me, marches on. We are still the number one site on the internet for people with enough brains to question the status quo and there are more every month.

Our first article this week comes from site member and frequent forum contributor Tim Yuhas. Tim is the owner of Yuhas Sports Performance in Connecticut. Tim’s article is titled So You Want To Open A Sports Performance Facility- A Coaches Guide to Making Choices. I actually requested that Tim and a few other coaches write a series of articles as this is a frequent forum topic.

Next up is another article from Carson Boddicker called Alleviating Ailing Ankles. This one has lots of videos to help with clarity. I think you’ll like it.

Last up is an article from first time author Chris Kelly called Four Things a Personal Trainer Should Do (But Probably Doesn’t). This is another great “from the field” view. I really enjoy these type of real world articles.

Video of the Week

Video of the week as I mentioned is the now famous Death of Squatting clip.

Don’t forget to check out the StrengthCoach Podcast  at

Also make sure you check out Last week Anthony added a webinar with Alwyn Cosgrove. The site just gets better and better.

As a reminder, the articles and videos go up over the course of the week. Generally one each day. Also, you credit card statement will show a change from, not  I received three emails this past week from new members that were confused. Hope you enjoy the week.

No More Squats Part 2

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2009 by mboyle1959

Yesterdays post set a record for this blog. I have been accused of sensationalizing a topic. In fact I have anguished with the “to squat or not to squat” debate for years. Anyone who knows me knows that my athletes have not done a back squat in over a decade. We are a front squat only group, or at least we were. I wrote an article for t-nation called Build Bigger Legs One Leg at a Time that already addressed this topic.  Take a minute and read it so i don’t have to post the whole article here. The bottom line is this I have decided that the back is the weak link in squatting and that i can get more leg work and less back stress through a Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat.

We have modified this exercise by placing an Airex Pad under the back knee to guarantee depth on every rep without risking injury

The next video is Nashville Predator forward and former BU Terrier Colin Wilson doing 225×5. The technique could be better but, it gets the point across.

No More Squats?

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2009 by mboyle1959

Some people are mad at me. You might even be one of them. Join the list. It’s long.

Ever since I said not to do traditional squats anymore, traditionalists have been up in arms. I suppose I can’t blame them. Change can be difficult. Especially when it means you have to scrap one of the core lifts found in almost all your strength training programs.

Of course, I’m not telling you to blindly do what I say. I have concrete reasons (and results) for making this change to my programs. In fact most of you have already read about it on

Before you dismiss the idea at least take a look at this video clip where I explain exactly why I think you should cut squats from your strength training programs:

Admiring Your Work

Posted in Fat Loss, Nutrition, Random Thoughts on October 21, 2009 by mboyle1959

Oprah’s buddy Dr Oz is a pretty sharp guy. Yesterday AOL ran Dr. Oz’s 25 Greatest Health Tips and they are in fact, great. Although geared to men most make sense for everyone. The one that caught my eye was #4 which OZ called Admiring Your Work. I really think it would have been poetic justice if this was actually tip #2. Oz states

Don’t be so trigger-happy with the flusher. Turn around and take a look at your poop, which speaks volumes about your gut and overall health. Poop should be smooth and S-shaped, like your colon. If it comes out too lumpy, or drops into the bowl like marbles, you’re constipated. Increase your fiber and water intake. This happens to me when I travel, so I fiber-load before a trip to avoid getting irritable.

“Don’t be so trigger-happy with the flusher. Turn around and take a look at your poop, which speaks volumes about your gut and overall health. Poop should be smooth and S-shaped, like your colon. If it comes out too lumpy, or drops into the bowl like marbles, you’re constipated. Increase your fiber and water intake. This happens to me when I travel, so I fiber-load before a trip to avoid getting irritable. ”

I know people don’t like to talk about feces but, this is really good advice. Checking the toilet bowl for the above as well as looking at urine color can tell you a lot about the status of your body. I remember hearing an old Paul Chek audio and thinking the same thing. Great advice. So, the next time you are going #2 stop and do #4. If you don’t meet the standard, go back and take a look at this post. Maybe you ned a little Sugar Free Orange Metamucil.