Archive for November, 2009

Cosgrove Business Seminars

Posted in Uncategorized on November 17, 2009 by mboyle1959

My friends Alwyn and Rachel Cosgrove will be presenting with Perform Better in a two day event in 4 locations around the country. These guys are two of the best fitness entrepreneurs I know. Many people telling you how to run a fitness business don’t have one or run one. These guys do.

Rhode Island- December 11th-12th

Chicago – January 15th-16th

New Jersey- February 5th-6th

Los Angeles- February 26th-27th

Don’t miss this opportunity to spend two full days with Alwyn and Rachel Cosgrove and learn how to take your fitness business to the next level for only $349 (or $299 if you sign up 8 weeks in advance.) Pick the location nearest you and get signed up TODAY.   PS- Perform Better will honor the $299 price for members for the next two weeks.   Click Here to sign up now.

This Week on

Posted in Uncategorized on November 16, 2009 by mboyle1959

First up this week is another article by Stanford Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Devan McConnell simply called Incoming Female Athletes. This one is so good I am also going to add to our Body By Boyle site. I think it will be a great reference piece for parents of young female athletes.

Next up is an article from Jon Messner called Walking on Railroad Tracks. I’m not sure I agree with Jon on this but, I’m posting it to get your opinions. Please post and let me know what you think.

Last up is an article from Jeremy Boone on Sports Axiology. I think many will find Jeremy’s info interesting.

Video of the Week

Video of the week comes in response to some requests from Functional Strength Coach 3.0 purchasers for some stretches that don’t require tables. Although many viewers like the stretching circuit, they don’t have tables for stretching. The first video is of a split stretch we do using a foam roller fro support. I’ll run some of these over the next few weeks.

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

Gray Cook just did a webinar called “Athletic Body in Balance” based on his book.  This is a great overview about the thought process behind the book from Gray. Bruce Kelly did a case study called “Training a Golfer Using the TPI Method”.

Anthony also has an upcoming webinar with Rachel Cosgrove this Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 3pm EST, called “How to Make the Breakthrough With Your Female Clients.”

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 Squatting Part 4

Posted in Uncategorized on November 13, 2009 by mboyle1959

The Death of Squats clip is probably approaching 100,000 views. When I made those statements in  Functional Strength Coach Vol 3.0 I never intended to start a fire storm of controversy. Of course I knew I would get the standard meathead hate mail ( which I have) but to be honest the positive emails have far outnumbered the negatives. The best part about the negative emails that I received was the general level of ignorance of the writers. The people who wrote negative emails did not listen to the clip or read my t-nation article ( Build Bigger Legs One at a Time). The least you could do if you are going to _ _ it on me is to take the time to study the material. It is amazing how people dislike change. One of my members and readers Vince Brunelle sent me a great quote. “You don’t have to believe, just suspend your disbelief”.

I’m more motivated than ever when I get quotes from great strength coaches thanking me for pushing the envelope and encouraging thought and debate. I truly believe that is going to change the world of strength and conditioning. The growth has been off the charts and, I want to thank all those who write and read.

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