Archive for November, 2009

Female Body Breakthrough

Posted in Uncategorized on November 12, 2009 by mboyle1959

Rachel Cosgrove’s new book The Female Body Breakthrough comes out today. If you are a frequent reader here you will know that I review books frequently. I started Rachel’s book yesterday and already know that I am going to order it for the female trainers who work for me. The Female Body Breakthrough is like a research study in how to physically and mentally work with female clients. If you train even one female this book will be worth the price.

Rachel takes years of experience with hundreds of women and puts it into words. I haven’t gotten to the programs yet but the initial portion of the book dealing with psychology and mindset makes the book worth it. Take a look at


Using the MVP Shuttle

Posted in Uncategorized on November 9, 2009 by mboyle1959

The attached clip illustrates the many ways we use our MVP Shuttle. I really think that the MVP Shuttle is one of the few pieces of equipment I couldn’t do without.  See how we use the Shuttle MVP in working with the: 1) Personal Training client; 2) Injured Athletes; and 3) Large Clients /Athletes. Because of its unique features, the MVP allows you to assist the personal training client in regaining explosive power, re-introduce the injured athlete to velocity specific work, and assist the large client/athlete to develop eccentric strength while reducing their risk of injury.Take a second and watch the clip.



This Week on

Posted in Uncategorized on November 9, 2009 by mboyle1959

This week ends up being shoulder week. We have a couple of great articles on shoulder training as well as a video on shoulder training. First up this week is Overhead Strength Training for the Shoulder: Guidelines for Injury Prevention and Performance Training Success

by Robert Panariello. Rob owns and operates Professional Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy in New York City as well as the Professional Athletic Performance Center in Garden City, New York. Rob has recently become a contributor to the site and is quickly becoming one of the must-reads on the forum. This a follow up to Robs first piece called Strength Training for the Shoulder- Should Athletes Lift Weights Overhead.

Next up is Training for Pitchers from John Pallof. Many of you are already familiar with John, who is also a site member, a PT, and a forum contributor.


Last up is an article from Shelby Turcotte called 12 Things that Are BassAckwards. Shelby does a great job putting what a lot of us think into words.

Video of the Week

Coaching and Cueing Scapula Position from Jon Rimmer. This is a great tip.

Don’t forget to check out the StrengthCoach Podcast  at Also, make sure you check I’m trying to post the blog posts as links on the site so you don’t miss out.

Also make sure you check out


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.

Why Athletes Can’t Have Regular Jobs

Posted in Uncategorized on November 7, 2009 by mboyle1959
My friend Keith McGrath sent this to me and it was too funny not to share. I have no idea if it’s true but, it’s funny. I also have no idea where it originated.

WHY ATHLETES CAN’T HAVE REGULAR JOBS… with some notable exceptions of course!
1. Chicago Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson on being a role model: “I wan’ all dem kids to do what I do, to look up to me. I wan’ all the kids to copulate me.”

2. New Orleans Saint RB George Rogers when asked about the upcoming season: “I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first.”

3. And, upon hearing Joe Jacobi of the ‘Skin’s say: “I’d run over my own mother to win the Super Bowl,” Matt Millen of the Raiders said: “To win, I’d run over Joe’s Mom, too.”

4. Torrin Polk, University of Houston receiver, on his coach, John  Jenkins: “He treats us like men. He lets us wear earrings….”

5. Football commentator and former player Joe Theismann: “Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”

6. Senior basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh: “I’m going to graduate on time, no matter how long it takes.” (Now that is beautiful)

7. Bill Peterson, a Florida State football coach: “You guys line up alphabetically by height…” And, “You guys pair up in groups of three, and then line up in a circle.”

8. Boxing promoter Dan Duva on Mike Tyson going to prison: “Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not Princeton.”

9. Stu Grimson, Chicago Blackhawks left wing, explaining why he keeps a color photo of himself above his locker: “That’s so when I forget how to spell my name, I can still find my clothes.”

10. Lou Duva, veteran boxing trainer, on the Spartan training regime of heavyweight Andrew Golota: “He’s a guy who gets up at six o’clock in the morning, regardless of what time it is.”

11. Chuck Nevitt, North Carolina State basketball player, explaining to Coach Jim Valvano why he appeared nervous at practice: “My sister’s expecting a baby, and I don’t know if I’m going to be an uncle or an aunt.”    (I wonder if his IQ ever hit room temperature in January)

12. Frank Layden, Utah Jazz president, on a former player: “I told him, ‘Son, what is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?’ He said, ‘Coach, I don’t know and I don’t care.'”

13. Shelby Metcalf, basketball coach at Texas A&M, recounting what he told a player who received four F’s and one D: “Son, looks to me like you’re spending too much time on one subject.”

14. In the words of NC State great Charles Shackelford I can go to my left or right, I am amphibious.

15. Amarillo High School and Oiler coach Bum Phillips when asked by Bob Costas why he takes his wife on all the road trips, Phillips responded:  “Because she is too damn ugly to kiss good-bye

Treadmills and Stability Balls Don’t Mix

Posted in Uncategorized on November 4, 2009 by mboyle1959

The stability ball has been in the news lately and it hasn’t been good. An NBA star recently broke an arm on the ball. Don’t get me wrong, we still use stability balls. However, we never allow athletes to use them in conjunction with weights. We may occasionally mix a ball and a weight vest but, never dumbbells. Years ago we did but, as the first anecdotal evidence began to come out about balls bursting, we stopped lifting on them. Word to the wise. A stability ball with a nick in it will behave less like a burst resistant ball. Always check your stability balls and replace them if they show signs of wear.

Another thing you haven’t read about yet is stability balls and treadmills. I should have written this up when it happened but, our “incident” was in the pre-blog days. Gyms now often have both stability balls and treadmills in the same space. Do not let your stability balls anywhere near your treadmills. 3-4 years ago one of my players inadvertently kicked a stability ball in the direction of a treadmill that was on. If you had asked me to guess what would happen next, I would have said the treadmill would tear the ball into pieces. Lucky for us the treadmill was running with no one on it. The ball went under the treadmill and tilted the treadmill up on a 30 degree angle. However, the treadmill kept running and the ball did not burst. Scary stuff. I hate to think what would have happened had someone been on the treadmill.

Word to the wise stability balls don’t mix well with weights or treadmills.