Archive for January, 2010

Books to Check Out

Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2010 by mboyle1959

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up on a few new books that have come out. I get sent a lot of books to review and want to share some with my readers:

First up is the next installment in the Core Performance series Core Performance for Women

The original Core Performance is one of my favorite books. I still recommend it for anyone looking for a book for a sophisticated beginner or an up and coming coach. I think this will be a great book for those who coach females.

Next up are two new books from Adam Campbell and Men’s and Women’s Health. The Woman’s Health Big Book of Exercises

and The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises . Adam has done a great job of raising the bar on these books. The exercises are very current, well described and well illustrated. If you are new to the field and looking for ideas and progressions you’ll enjoy either book.

. I’ve read a couple of nutrition books and have to say that I really enjoyed Power of 4. Like many nutrition books some of the advice is unrealistic but, the book reads easy and has a lot of cutting edge ideas. Paula is definitely not your “skinny runner” type of nutritionist and is, at least in my mind, very accurate with her thoughts. If you have read a lot of the conventional nutrition stuff ( high carb-low fat blah, blah, blah) this book will be a paradigm shift.

Cardio Strength by Robert Dos Remedios

Dos second book is a good follow up up to his highly successful Power Training If you liked Power Training, I’m sure you’ll like Cardio Strength Training.

If you got a bunch of gift cards for Christmas, this might be a great way to spend them.


This Week on

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2010 by mboyle1959

This week on is Combine review week. One thing I have begun to realize as membership increases is that not everyone on the site has read some of the old articles. I find myself frequently posting on the forum and asking “did you read this?”.
Last week was our first week timing our Combine/ Pro Day football players so I printed out two articles from for them to read. First was an old one I actually wrote for the original called The Truth About Speed, NFL Combines and the Forty Yard Dash the second was one I wrote last year after analyzing a lot of combine data called Does It All Come to the First Ten Yards both articles examine the idea of “real’ speed and how to improve it.
In keep with the same theme we’ll repost Training to Bench 225 to fill out our review.
Last up for the week is a great piece from site member Jim Keilbaso called Living the Dream. When Jim sent me this I sent back an email telling how much I agreed with him. Living the Dream describes exactly how I feel and how I hope many of the young coaches and trainers on the site feel some day. Just a great piece.
Video of the Week
“Video of the Week is a Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat Jump. As readers of know I have pushed the concept of single leg strength for athletes. In much the same way we are now working on single leg power. The RFESSJ allows an athlete to develop single leg power over a large range of motion, a concept that has been previously difficult. It’s important to note that we are using Brad Kazcmarski’s “bottom up” concept to ingrain the pattern on this lift. ”

As always don’t forget to check out the StrengthCoach Podcast at Also, make sure you check Last but not least, make sure you keep up with .

Site Notes

Just a reminder, 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, your credit card statement will show a change from, not Hope you enjoy the week.

Two More Great Reviews of Advances in Functional Training

Posted in Media, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized on January 16, 2010 by mboyle1959

I just received a great review from Lou Schuler, of New Rules of Lifting fame, of  my new book Advances in Functional Training. Lou is a guy that I really respect. He has been in the industry a long time and has written some great books himself. This is what Lou had to say about Advances in Functional Training:

Why I like it: Here’s a sentence I picked out at random: “The big key is that the core is used to stabilize against sagittal plane motions that are attempting to produce rotary force.” Out of context, it looks like heavy sledding for those of us who aren’t trained in exercise physiology. But in context – he’s describing a core exercise called the push-pull – it makes perfect sense.

That’s the beauty of what Boyle does: He condenses and synthesizes the most important new information emerging from scientific research in the fields of biomechanics and physical therapy, expressing it in a way that makes it accessible to someone with a base of knowledge and college-level reading comprehension, but without dumbing it down. (That’s my job.)

This is a substantial book. Boyle explains in detail his joint-by-joint approach to training, as well as his current understanding of injury prevention, rehab, core training, exercise selection, program design, and much more. But it’s also a humble book. Boyle writes that he’s “becoming famous for changing my mind,” and notes that he changes an important aspect of his training protocols on an annual basis.

I give Advances in Functional Training the highest compliment I can possibly offer: I cleared space for it on my main reference bookshelf, putting it alongside McGill’s Low Back Disorders, Myers’ Anatomy Trains, Siff’sSupertraining, and the NSCA textbook.

to top that off, I got this from Vince McConnel via Facebook

Just got my copy of new book. Love it! Excellent job (as I expected). Definitely a “must have” that will become a “go to” text for many.

I’m so glad people are liking the book. You can take a look here and even download a table of contents.

Most People are Dead at 35

Posted in Uncategorized on January 14, 2010 by mboyle1959

A few years ago I listened to a Paul Chek nutrition CD and Chek used the following quote from a nutritionist.

“Most people are dead at thirty-five, they just walk around for another thirty to forty more years.”

The quote was intended to apply to most adults from a nutritional standpoint. I find the point both amusing and accurate from a physical standpoint also. By thirty-five most of the damage is done and without an intensive program of exercise, the damage is difficult to reverse.

The truth is that quality of life begins to deteriorate after thirty for many people due to lack of exercise. Activities that were once simple and normal become increasingly difficult. The sad part is that the deterioration doesn’t become readily apparent until the fifties or sixties and at this point, it gets much harder to change. The baby boomers are fueling the personal training business in an attempt to improve not only the length of their life but the quality. However, the time to fight back is right now. Don’t wait until you are fifty and try to undo 20 years of damage. One of my favorite quotes is

“the best time to plant a tree was three years ago. The next best time is today”.

Don’t wait another day to begin an exercise program, start today.

The truth is that obesity, neck pain, back pain, and so many of the debilitating conditions that we suffer from in adulthood are entirely preventable but, the earlier we start the better. Don’t make excuses. You only need about 30 minutes three days a week. Try to get 5 minutes of warm-up, 10 minutes of total body strength training and 15 minutes of cardiovascular work.

The bottom line. Don’t walk around in a dying body. We would never treat our cars the way we treat our bodies. Imagine never changing the oil, using the cheapest possible gas, and driving until the tires are bald. Unfortunately this is the way we treat our bodies. The only problem is that we can’t buy a new body after we ruin the old one. The damage may be irreversible. If the damage is reversible, we need to reverse it with exercise instead of with drugs. Exercise is the most powerful wellness drug on the planet. It’s just difficult to take. Try taking a good dose of exercise three times a week and you might be able to throw away the Lipitor and the blood pressure medicine and all the other junk.

The Fascinating Five for 2009

Posted in Uncategorized on January 13, 2010 by mboyle1959

Shuttle Systems just named me one of the “fascinating five for 2009”. This was a list of five people that Shuttle Systems ( maker of the MVP Shuttle) feel impacted the fitness field in 2009. I have to say I was flattered. Take a look.

The Fascinating Five for 2009

This Week on

Posted in Random Thoughts, Updates, Training, Training Females on January 11, 2010 by mboyle1959

First up we have an excellent motivational piece written by one of my own coaches at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, Anthony Morando, called From the Heart. This is a little different from the typical article but, I think you’ll like it.

Next we have two articles courtesy of the Young Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association Newsletter and Adam Feit. The first of these two is an excellent piece written by Andrew Althoff. Andrew is the Associate Director of Athletic Performance for Olympic Sports at Baylor University. The article is titled Coaching Interns and Graduate Assistants

The second comes from Raychelle Elsworth. Raychelle is the Associate Director for Olympic and Team Sports at Texas A+M. The article is entitled Breaking the Glass Ceiling and explores the position of strength and conditioning coach from a female perspective.

Video of the Week

Video of the week is the TRX Leg Curl. This is another example of a TRX exercise that I did not take seriously enough until I tried it. The fact of the matter is that this is a very difficult progression. If you have not mastered the slideboard leg curl don’t evn think about this one.

As always don’t forget to check out the StrengthCoach Podcast at  Also, make sure you check Last but not least, make sure you keep up with . Anthony added 2 new case study webinars. Joe Heiler did one called “Using the SFMA and the FMS with an Elite Level Snowboarder with Bilateral Knee Pain.”  You can check it out here:

Tim Yuhas did a great follow up to his “Preventing ACL Tears” webinar called “Coming Back from and ACLTear.”

You can check it out at:

Site Notes

Just a reminder, 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, your credit card statement will show a change from, not Hope you enjoy the week.

Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning YouTube Videos

Posted in Core training, Fat Loss, Injuries, Low Back Pain, MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Youth Training on January 9, 2010 by mboyle1959

Just got an email from a friend about another colleague’s YouTube Channel and realized that we have never really publicized our YouTube page. We have quite a selection of videos. Take a moment and have a look. I’m surprised that with no work at all have about 300 subscribers. There are videos on a wide range of topics from training athletes for the NFL Combine to innovative new exercise ideas.

Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning on YouTube