Archive for October, 2009

Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get a Life

Posted in Uncategorized on October 14, 2009 by mboyle1959

No, I didn’t insult you. Believe it or not, Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get a Life is a book title. In fact the subtitle is “a kick butt approach to a better life”.  Trust me, this is a good book. The author, Larry Winget, bills himself as the worlds only irritational speaker. Not motivational, irritational.

I didn’t have a highlighter handy so I was folding over page corners. I must have marked 60-70 pages with great quotes and one liners. Here are a few samples:

” The three main reasons people are not successful

They are stupid

They are lazy

They don’t give a damn”

How about this one:

“You become what you think about?

If that were true most adolescent boys would be girls”

This book is full of common sense. I’m going to buy a bunch for my staff. Check it out.

This Week on StrengthCoach.com

Posted in Uncategorized on October 12, 2009 by mboyle1959


First up is Part 2 of Using the FMS in Team Settings. I hope this clears some things up for some of you and get you to an FMS course. Next up is a great article from Buffalo Bills Asst Strength and Conditioning Coach Sean Hayes on metabolic conditioning for basketball called simply Basketball Pattern Runs- Metabolic Conditioning. Prior to joining the Bills Sean was responsible for Men’s and Women’s Basketball at Clemson. This is a great idea for specific on-court conditioning. Last up is another article from Bruce Kelly called Training a Golfer Using the TPI Template. Bruce wrote this in response to a forum post from site member Ray McCarthy. I really like this article as it shows how valuable the forum can be. Ray asked a question and it inspired Bruce to worite an article.

Video of the Week

Video of the week comes from Dewey Nelisen. In fact the next three weeks will come from Dewey. Dewey has been doing a lot of TRX work and has developed some excellent core progressions. This week will be anterior core progressions.

Don’t forget to check out the StrengthCoach Podcast  at www.strengthcoachpodcast.com.

Also make sure you check out www.strengthandconditioningwebinars.com. Last week Anthony added a webinar with Gray Cook that I’m sure many of you will want to check out.

Last but not least, Functional Strength Coach 3.0 is due out Oct 20th. I anm trying to arrange a one day special for StrengthCoach.com members.

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

The End of Overeating

Posted in Fat Loss, Nutrition on October 9, 2009 by mboyle1959

One of the many new subjects I’m studying at my new school Automobile University is nutrition. I just finished listening to The End of Overeating-Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite . The End of Overeating is one of those books that contains way too much info. The first section of the book was riveting. I couldn’t stop talking to my friends about it. The middle was painfully boring. I forced my way through it hoping it would reach the level of the initial chapters. The end basically told me to eat more protein, good fat and fibrous carbs. Truth is, I knew all this already.

What I didn’t know is what was so riveting about the book. Did you know that:

– 1 out of every 2 dollars spent on food in the US is spent in a restaurant?

– Panda express is a billion dollar company who pre-fries all their food and then refries it at the site?

There is a huge amount of info in the beginning of the book that will blow you away and make you understand why it is so difficult to eat well. Unfortunately millions of dollars is spent in the restaurant industry trying to get us to overeat. The book states “the goal is to get you hooked”.

Just beware, restaurants are operated for a profit. They could care less about your health. In reality it may be worse than not caring. They are intentionally trying to make you fat because making you fat makes them money. Read The End of Overeating until you hit the boring research stuff, then read the last few chapters but, read The End of Overeating.

11 Clues You Might Be a Gym Geek

Posted in Injuries, Random Thoughts, Training, Uncategorized with tags on October 7, 2009 by mboyle1959

Take this quiz and give yourself one point for each yes answer. Please note, this is intended to be funny. Don’t get all bent out shape unless you score over 5.  If you score a six you won’t find this funny at all and will join the ranks of people who really don’t like me.

1- Is the first thing you do when you get on the gym floor put on your IPOD?

2- Have you ever called anyone “Bro” in the gym?

3- Do you lift more than once a month in a tank top or have you ever contemplated cutting the sleeves off a shirt with a collar?

4- Have you ever lifted in a knit hat?

5- Do you do 1/2 chinups and use the excuse it hurts your shoulder?

6- Do you bench every Monday?

7- Have you ever done this workout. Bench–> Cheat Curls ( done in a squat rack with 95 lbs.)–> Stairmaster?

8- Have you ever tried to convince yourself that running is leg work?

9- Have you ever muttered the phrase “All you” at the end of a friends bench press set?

10- Have you ever used knee wraps with less than 225 lbs. on the bar?

11- Do you or have you ever owned lifting gloves?

1-4 You are probably still OK

5-8 You have a problem. Recovery is still possible however

9-11 You are “the guy” everyone laughs at in the gym.

This Week on StrengthCoach.com

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5, 2009 by mboyle1959

First up this week is an article that I actually thought was on the site. Physiological Testing Versus Performance Testing must have slipped through the cracks somehow. Anthony Renna actually found some of the article contained in another piece but today’s version is less hockey-specific. I referenced this article in a forum post and then was informed that the article was not on the site. Today we’ll solve that problem.

Next up is another article from Tom Sullivan. Sully is another Boyle’s Gym kid who has grown up to be a great coach. I think this is what I am most proud of in my career. Making the Case for Strength Coaches is a thoughtful look at how kids and parents go about the process of information gathering and provides some common sense help for marketing yourself.

Next up is part 1 of Using the FMS in Team Settings. This article will make Anthony proud as it comes from my file of Articles to be Finished. Bruce Kelly already wrote a similar article but, I feel they are different enough to warrant publishing mine also.

Video of the Week

Video of the week is the TRX Kneeling Rollout. I like both the kneeling and the standing version of this exercise as progressions for rollouts.

Don’t forget to check out the StrengthCoach Podcast  at www.strengthcoachpodcast.com.

Also make sure you check out www.strengthandconditioningwebinars.com. This week Anthony added a webinar with Gray Cook that I’m sure many of you will want to check out.

Last but not least, keep your eye out for an announcement about Functional Strength Coach 3.0. I think it should be ready to go soon.

Just a reminder, the articles and videos go up over the course of the week. Generally one each day. Hope you enjoy the week.

Michael