Archive for November, 2009

This Week on StrengthCoach.com

Posted in Uncategorized on November 30, 2009 by mboyle1959

First up this week is a short article I just wrote called Learning to Speak Coach. Due to some administrative issues this one did not go up last week. This is actually based on an idea my friend Valerie Waters gave me. I think many strength coaches fail because they can’t sell their program to a coach. Hopefully, this will help.

A great follow up to Learning to Speak Coach is Hockey and Volleyball – Are They Really the Same Game? by Devan McConnell. I actually put the finishing touches on Learning to Speak Coach after reading Devan’s article and realizing that they should be in order. I think you will enjoy the thought process even if you don’t agree.

Last up is Training SuperWoman from Jon Messner. As you know I like Jon’s writing style and his message. This a great lesson for us about clients and about why we do what we do.

Video of the Week

This week’s clip is the SuperBand Shuffle. Some of our readers and purchasers of www.functionalstrengthcoach3.com have asked about some of the drills in the sample programs. I think this drill is one of the best for teaching lateral movement concepts. The key is that the drill forces the athlete to understand how to move laterally by pushing, not stepping. The key is a heavy enough band and lots of resistance. Athlete who step will fall back.

Don’t forget to check out the StrengthCoach Podcast  at www.strengthcoachpodcast.com. Also, make sure you check www.strengthcoachblog.com. Last but not least, make sure you keep up with www.strengthandconditioningwebinars.com

Site Notes

The articles and videos go up over the course of the week. Generally one each day.  Only one article mentioned on this email will go up on the day you receive this email.

Also, you credit card statement will show a change from RylanLee.com, not StrengthCoach.com. Hope you enjoy the week.

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My New Book!

Posted in Core training, Injuries, MBSC News, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females on November 27, 2009 by mboyle1959

My new book Advances in Functional Training is out

The book is a compilation of thoughts and articles from the last two years and was masterfully woven into a book by Laree Draper.   Advances in Functional Training is an excellent companion to my new Functional Strength Coach Vol 3.0. The book also  has 20 pages of programs at the end that reflect our training this summer. Just a quick note. Much of the book has appeared in article form in various sites so some of the info may look familiar.

A Personal Growth Plan

Posted in Uncategorized on November 26, 2009 by mboyle1959

First of all. Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the day. Plan today to sponsor a needy family in your area for Christmas. It will be the best gift you give to yourself and your family. My wife Cindy and I did this last year and the feeling you get can’t be described. You will enjoy the holidays far more if you give anonymously to those who really need.

On an unrelated note, the following came to me from my friend Jeff Higuera and I knew I had to share it with our readers. There are many of us who want to be better but, wanting to be better and having a plan for self improvement are two different things. Jeff has a plan and was kind enough to let me share it with you.

Six years ago, I made a commitment to becoming one of the best at what I do. I knew in order to do that I would have to learn the skills and become fundamentally grounded in my Spiritual Life, Personal Life, and Professional Life. There has been nothing that has been more impactful to my career, my family, my relationships, and my finances. Below I share with you my spiritual, personal and professional growth plan:

-Spiritual Development:
-15-30 minutes reading the Bible each day
-Read 1 Spiritual Growth book per month.
-Attend Church each week (I’m not gonna lie, I haven’t been really consistent at this one over the past year)

-Build and/or continue a relationship with a Spiritual Mentor each year
-Record and write down, in a systematic fashion, the most important lessons I’ve learned.

-Personal Development (Leadership/Teamwork/Business):
-30 minutes every other day reading/reflecting/listening or watching personal development material).
-Read 1 Personal Development book per month.
-One audio lesson per month.
-Build a relationship with at least one highly influential leader each year.
-Record and write down, in a systematic fashion, the most important lessons I’ve learned from the material.

-Professional Development (Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Sports Nutrition, Sports Psychology, Etc.):
-30 Minutes every other day reading/reflecting/listening or watching professional development material
-Read 1 article per week
-Build a relationship with at least one highly influential leader in the field of fitness each year.
-Watch 1 video per month
-Go to one conference per year
-Record and write down, in a systematic fashion, the most important lessons and concepts I’ve learned from the material.

Ask yourself, what would happen if I lost my job today? What would happen if I were no longer needed on my team? Would my past commitment to preparation and to getting better at what I do leave me fearful about my job security? Or B) Would my preparation and commitment to personal growth leave me fearless and ready to move on to bigger and better things?

Jeff’s success is not an accident. No ones is. One of my favorite coaches, Mike Jarvis, used to say ‘plan your work and work your plan”. I’m sure he stole it somewhere as we all do but, it couldn’t be more true.

 

MBSC Winter Seminar 2010

Posted in Uncategorized on November 25, 2009 by mboyle1959

Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning is proud to announce our 3rd Annual Winter Seminar. The seminar will be Sat January 30th. This has become a hugely popular, must attend seminar, not only for personal trainers and strength coaches in New England but across the country. As an added bonus you can spend the morning watching and potentially participating in our training programs. Participation in morning workouts will be based on space availability.

Sponsored by Perform Better and StrengthCoach.com

Topics and speakers include

Michael Boyle- ACL Injury Prevention is Just Good Training

Eric Cressey- Medicine Ball Meat and Potatoes

Brijesh Patel- It’s Not All About Sets and Reps

John Pallof- Training the Shoulder – Mobility to Stability

Seminar 12-5

Observation/ Learn by Doing 8-12

We don’t have cost info or sign up info yet but, save the date. Please, don’t email us about sign ups but, keep an eye on this blog and StrengthCoach.com.

This Week on StrengthCoach.com

Posted in StrengthCoach.com Updates on November 23, 2009 by mboyle1959

The first article this week is a repost of sorts.  Jeremy Boone sent me two articles on Sports Axiology. I actually posted the wrong version. Jeremy felt that this second version may paint a clearer picture. Next up is False Step Acceleration: Friend or Foe? from Todd Brown, CSCS courtesy of Cal Dietz. I actually got the article in an email from Cal and contacted Todd about reprinting it. This is along the same line as Lee Taft’s plyo step idea and I think will generate some interesting forum responses.

Last up is a short article I just wrote called Learning to Speak Coach. This is actually based on an idea my friend Valerie Waters gave me. I think many strength coaches fail because they can’t sell their program to a coach. Hopefully, this will help.

Video of the Week

This weeks clip shows us using the Extreme Core Trainer ( previously sold as the Landmine). We were experimenting with the idea of kneeling in the clip but, standing works better. This is actual footage from Functional Strength Coach Vol 3.0 .

Don’t forget to check out the StrengthCoach Podcast  at www.strengthcoachpodcast.com. Last but not least, make sure you keep up with www.strengthandconditioningwebinars.com

I just did a webinar today with Anthony on ACl Injury Prevention that I think many of you will like.

I still seem to get an email every week saying “where are the articles, I went on the site and couldn’t find them?”. The articles and videos go up over the course of the week. Generally one each day.  Only one article mentioned on this email will be up when you receive this email.

 

Also, you credit card statement 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.

Early Specialization Part 4

Posted in Uncategorized on November 21, 2009 by mboyle1959

I think any reader of this blog knows how passionate I am about youth sports and young athletes. Because of my posts about young athletes and the battle against early specialization readers send me additional support for my crusade. The following was furnished by my good friend Anthony Renna.

On October 21st of this year Mark Messier received the Lester Patrick Award from the National Hockey League. The following is excerpted from a NewsDay article the next day.

“As a youth, Messier didn’t remember leaving Edmonton to attend tournaments and lamented how somehow “we cannibalized youth sports with tournaments and travel and families making huge commitments . . . Tournaments have gone from a weekend thing to an every weekend thing, and from Saturday and Sunday to where they’ve got to be there Thursday . . . It disrupts the family life. There’s something to be said about the Sunday barbecue . . . We’re putting too much emphasis on it at too early an age.

“Less than 17 percent of first-round picks make it to the National Hockey League, so if you start looking at the numbers, you’re missing the whole objective. That’s where we’ve gotten off the beaten path.”

Lester Patrick himself had this to say about pond hockey:

A Patrick quote displayed in the Gotham Hall lobby about the innocence of playing on frozen ponds, “uncontaminated by adults and unspoiled by the egos of elders”

To read the entire article you can go to:

http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/messier-richter-receive-lester-patrick-awards-1.1539194

I ponder how we got so screwed up because I believe that many were well intentioned. However the truth is the system is badly broken and needs fixing, not just in hockey but in soccer, basketball and baseball.  USA Hockey has recently launched the American Development Model aimed at making corrections in youth hockey. This model is the Balyi model that is advocated by many of the leading sports groups in the world including the prestigious Titleist Performance Institute. To learn more, click here


Rules of the Weightroom

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19, 2009 by mboyle1959

I am all about creating the right training environment. In order to do that you have to have rules. Athletes may view the rules as restrictive but, there really is a method to the madness. What follows are the weightroom rules I’ve developed over the years. We use this both at BU and at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning.

Rule 1-Treat people the way you want to be treated. They don’t call it the Golden Rule for nothing.

Rule 2- No lifting gloves. I hate lifting gloves. To be honest I hate all weightroom paraphernalia. Gloves, long pants, workboots and flannel shirts have no place in the weightroom. I hate gloves because I actually hate guys who don’t want callouses. Calloused hands are the sign of a worker. I want workers. My upperclassmen used to love when a new guy shows up with gloves. They are such sadists that they let the poor kid come into the weightroom with his gloves on just to see me tell him to put them back in his locker.

Rule 3- No IPOD’s.  I used to say no Walkman’s, how old am I? I still occasionally use the term Walkman when referring to an IPOD and get curious looks from my players. Why no IPOD’s? I want unity and interaction, not each guy jamming to his own tunes. I also think they are unsafe. Some guy blaring Pearl Jam may not hear you when you say “look out I just dropped a really heavy dumbbell”.

Rule 4- No music that contains obscenities, racial or sexual references. I had trouble figuring out how to make this point clear. I knew the words I did not want to hear I just needed to be able to express it. I felt like the late George Carlin with the Seven Dirty Words You Can’t Say on TV.  I came up with this. No derogatory racial terms ( that eliminated one word easily) and no reference to sex with family members ( that eliminated the other, use your imagination). I tell the guys, “you want rap or hip hop, download the clean version at ITunes or get me Walmart rap”.

Rule 5- No tank tops for males. Yes, this is an incredibly sexist rule. Women can wear tank tops, but men can’t. We actually had a little fight over this at work and this is how I explained myself.  First, yes I know this is a double standard. I’m not stupid. However, males in tank tops spend too much time trying to catch a look at themselves in the mirror. Plus, if you allow males to wear tank tops they will continue to cut them down until there is barely any shirt left.  With females, tank tops are all about empowerment and confidence. I want the young women who train with us to be confident and like the way they look. There are far too many negative messages about body image in their lives. This is not the case with males hence the rationale for my double standard. Some of my coaches didn’t like my stance. I had to remind them that the name of the gym is Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning. When they have their own gym they can have their own rules.

Rule 6- shorts must cover both ends of your ass. This is a unisex rule but applies differently. I think it is great that a young female feels good about her body however, I don’t want to peak at her underwear every time she bends over. Exercises like hip lifts and 1 Leg Straight Leg Deadlifts become too adventurous in these cases. The opposite is true for males. For a young female we are covering cheeks for a young male we are avoiding the jail look. This is simply my old fashioned coach persona at work. Pull up your shorts and cover your underwear. Truth is you look like an idiot with your hat on sideways and your underwear showing. Old fashioned, maybe  but as above, I get to make the rules.

Rule 7 -Don’t be an _ _ _ hole. I have no use for big timers. If you want to yell and scream and throw weights, go somewhere else.  The big impression is made in lifting the weights, not in putting them down. If you lift heavy weights I promise people will notice. You don’t need to yell.

Hope you find some of this humorous and some useful.