Archive for April, 2010

Colonoscopy- Everybodies 50th Birthday Gift

Posted in Nutrition, Random Thoughts on April 28, 2010 by mboyle1959

The other day I finally got around to getting my doctors gift for my fiftieth birthday.  It’s really great. You go in for your annual check up and the doctor ( in my case a very nice nurse practioner) says “hey guess what, for your birthday I’m going to let one of my colleagues stick a camera up your rear end”.  What fun. Now I know it’s a very necessary preventative screening but, that did not build my anticipation. So for your reading pleasure I’m going to give you the details I know you so badly don’t want.

A colonscopy is a good news- bad news deal. The good news. I didn’t feel a thing. I remember being asked to roll over on my side and then I remember seeing my wife and the nurse saying I could go home. The other part of the good news. Mild sedation is a “roofie” or something very similar. They say you are awake and can respond to commands. I guess if they say so it was true. I do not remember a thing. Strangely I awoke fully dressed. No idea how I got that way. I considered myselfon a need-to-know basis.

The bad news. THE PREP. The prep is a polite euphemism for a colon cleansing. They need clear pictures so they want you to get anything out of the way. The prep involves drinking something that can only be described as lemon flavored DRANO. The next 12 hours is interesting. By the last hour you will feel as if you are deficating napalm or the equivalent. Real fun stuff.

The scary part about this test is that you could wake up and find that you have cancer. In my case the results were good. The second showing is luckily 10 years in the future for my sixtieth. Believe me it is not something I am looking forward to. I will tell you not to put off the test. The evidence is clear that early detection is key. Survival rates are in the 60% range and early dectection  ups that number.  Lots of men die from a combination of laziness, fear and stupidity. Don’t be one of them.

Last but not least, I am here to tell you that the commercial for colon cleansing that says you have twenty five pounds of “spackle” in your colon is a lie. I weighed in at the end of the PREP and was exactly one pound lighter, not twenty five.


More Real Life Tabata’s

Posted in Uncategorized on April 27, 2010 by mboyle1959

Just finshed three sets of 6 20-10 AirDyne intervals.
-1 mile completed in each set
– 15:28 total time Max HR 171
– rest 1:10, 1:20, 1:40 approx by HR recovery

NSCA Update

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2010 by mboyle1959

Starting on May 1st we have our first chance to make a change in the NSCA. Most of you who read this blog know my recent experiences with the NSCA. Bob Alejo, current strength and conditioning coach for the Oakland A’s, is running for the NSCA Board of Directors. If you would like to see a coach on the board with real world experience than I urge you to vote for Bob. If you simply want to trust my judgement, please vote for Bob. Cast your vote. I have been told that some on the Board of Directors have been elected with as few as 250 votes. I have also been told that less than 2000 out of a possible 30,000 votes were cast in the last election for NSCA President. I realize now that being passive in the process shortchanges the members. We can and will begin to make a difference in the NSCA if you cast your votes.

The Past Week on

Posted in Uncategorized on April 24, 2010 by mboyle1959

First up this week was an article from Stanford Asst Strength and Conditioning Coach Devan McConnell called Beyond Dynamic. This article looks at some of the added benefit you can get from a dynamic warm-up. Next up is an article that found it’s way into a forum post so some of you may have already seen it. The Tao of Boyle originally appeared a little over a week ago on t-nation. It’s an interesting piece because Nate Green simply wrote my responses to a bunch of questions. I think our readers will find it entertaining.

Last up is My Top Coaching Influences a blog reader actually asked this question and I began to write a Top Ten list. The list of ten ended up at 14. I’ve already received some nice feedback on this one.

Video of the Week

This weeks video is another peek into an MBSC staff meeting. Kevin Larabee continues to film and edit some of our on-the-floor sessions. In this one we discuss teaching rollouts.

As always don’t forget to check out the StrengthCoach Podcast at  Also, make sure you check

Remember, CEUs are now available for 4 webinars.  You can get to the quizzes on the Member Home Page under Resources.

Site Notes

Please let us know via the forum if there are things you want to see as you can see with Top Coaching Influences we are listening.

Also, your credit card statement will show a charge from, not Hope you enjoy the week.

28 Minutes of Intervals

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2010 by mboyle1959

If you have an Airdyne Bike give todays intervals a try:

8x.5 mi recover back to under 120 BPM if you have a heartrate monitor. If not, take 2 minutes rest.

Over level 8 will give you a time of 1:20 on the big fan about 1:20 on the small fan.  Try to get them all in 1:20 or 1:10

Anthony Carey on Advances in Functional Training

Posted in Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 by mboyle1959

The following is a guest blog from Anthony Carey’s Function First

“I have certainly known of Mike Boyle for many years. His name often came up in discussions and articles on strength and conditioning as well as functional training. Mike is as well known for calling it like he sees it as he is for his contribution to strength and conditioning.

Up until a couple of years ago, Mike and I had never met. I wasn’t sure what kind of guy he was going to be when we did finally meet because I can’t say that I’ve always agreed with everything Mike’s ever written. But who wants an industry of clones?

In the summer of 2007 I had arranged a meeting with Chris Poirer of Perform Better to show him a pre production prototype of the Core-Tex™ at the Perform Better Summit in Long Beach, CA. I sent Mike an email because I knew he was going to be presenting there and asked him if he would be available to take some time to look at the Core-Tex and give me his opinion.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Mike gets approached all the time by people with products and ideas (because I certainly do). Even so, Mike got back to me right away and graciously agreed to spend some time with me between his presentations.

When I finally got to meet Mike, it was a pleasure to see that he just one of the guys. Like so many of the great educators in our industry, Mike had no ego and was genuinely interested in hearing more about the Core-Tex™. He didn’t have to do this since he didn’t know me but he extended me a professional courtesy. And to me, that was a class act.

When I got Mike’s book, Advances in Functional Training, I took it on a plane to England and read it cover to cover. This book is probably the most comprehensive book out there right now in respect to the amount of content it covers on the various components of functional training.

We all know that some people believe that functional training equates to circus acts-which of course it is not. This book covers the full continuum of what functional training really is and leaves out the circus acts.

I often speak in terms of training for function versus functional training because for me functional training denotes a mode or method of training and training for function denotes and objective. The content covered in Mike’s book falls right in line with training for function.

Mike has spent a lot of years in the industry. Yet he is humble enough to readily cite those that have influenced his approach to training and states his reasons for following the training principles he adheres too.

Since the functional training continuum covers everything from restoring normal movement patterns to maximizing sport performance, there is a tremendous amount of information to cover. A book could be written for each aspect of training for function along the continuum. As comprehensive as Advances in Functional Trainingis, it couldn’t possibly cover everything along the continuum in the depth that each topic requires.

But that is not bad thing. Because what Advances in Functional Training does is give the reader a full appreciation of the many aspects of function. And there is no shortage of content in this book (314 pages).

For example, my professional strengths are focused more around the assessment process and corrective exercise. Therefore, it’s not often that I get to work with clients as they move toward the more advanced end of the functional continuum. Mike’s book serves as a great resource to me for identifying some of the critical variables that need to be part of the training progressions.

The term “soup to nuts” keeps coming to mind when I read through this book. The book begins with where all training should begin-the assessment process. It then takes you through the continuum with appropriate progressions right up to athletic preparation. Mike not only does a great job at guiding us through the functional continuum, but he highlights critical areas where injury and common training pitfalls take place.

A minor criticism of this book is the lack of direct references from the research literature. Although Mike does give credit to other authors and practitioners, I don’t recall reading any direct citations of the literature. Doing so would have strengthened the delivery of many of the concepts in the book.

Advances in Functional Training really is a comprehensive look at a topic that regularly stirs debate from trainers and coaches with different training philosophies. Mike Boyle has made some tremendous contributions to our industry and with this book he provides ample evidence and rationale for a functional training approach. “

Kids Playing Hurt?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 by mboyle1959

I got a Facebook note today that said

“I was at 2 AAU girls basketball tournaments over the last 2 weeks and was amazed at the number of teenage girls wearing knee braces, ankle braces, etc. What do you think about this”

First off, every sport should be seasonal. More and more we see that kids are being presured to play one sport year round. The gurus tell them they need to do this or they will fall behind. This is one big fat lie motivated by money. Youth sports people need you to play year round so they don’t have to get another job.

If your son or daughter needs a brace or a patella tendon strap or any other device to play, what he or she really needs is some time away. The best cure for these problems would be a different sport. The number one enemy of any athlete is pattern overload. That simply means doing the same thing over and over again.

The next thing to worry about is the tournament culture. Again in order to make money the tournament organizers need teams to play multiple games per day. This is not normal and is not good for the young developing body. No collegiate or profesional athlete plays multiple games per day like kids do.

If your son or daughter complains of joint pain, don’t take them to the Dr. Take yourself to the psychiatrist. You probably need your head examined.

The Past Week on

Posted in Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 by mboyle1959

In case you didn’t notice I am now sending this email at the end of the week instead of the beginning. I think this might prompt more people to visit more often, we’ll see.  One new development that has come from your feedback is that I have requested some of our more learned members spend some time on the beginner forum. My friend Kyle from NJ pointed out that some beginner posts go unanswered so I have asked some of the folks who frequent the forum to help out. I think you will see even better results than before.

First up was an article from my Articles to be Finished file. Anthony Renna will be happy to know I finished one. Mike Boyle Likes Turkish Getups looks at three reasons why I’ve grown to like the Getup. The second is a great one from Carson Boddicker. Alleviating Ailing Ankles Part 2 is a follow up to one Carson wrote for the site a while ago. Last up is a great article from Jeff Higuera called A Touching Reality. This one really made me think.

Video of the Week

This weeks video is another peek into an MBSC staff meeting. Kevin Larabee continues to film and edit some of our on-the-floor sessions.

We are also going to feature some video jukeboxes we have put together. I don’t think enough users visit the video library so we are going to feature some videos from there.

As always don’t forget to check out the StrengthCoach Podcast at  Also, make sure you check  Anthony posted a new webinar this week from Alwyn Cosgrove:

“Designing Effective Semi-Private Training Programs” With the current economy, a lot of trainers have embraced and

transitioned to a semi-private training option within their businesses.

The next question is “how do you actually deliver great results in a semi-private situation and how do you design programs?” Alwyn will cover the biggest mistakes in designing semi-private training programs (and how to avoid them) and will teach the Results Fitness method of program design for semi-private and small groups.

Remember, CEUs are now available for 4 webinars.  You can get to the quizzes on the Member Home Page under Resources.

Site Notes

Please let us know via the forum if there are things you want to see.

Also, your credit card statement will show a charge from, not Hope you enjoy the week.

Talent is Overrated

Posted in Uncategorized on April 12, 2010 by mboyle1959

I just finished reading another great book. Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin is a must read for all coaches and parents. My good friend Jim Setters from the German National Hockey Federation convinced me to read it. I actually had the book but wasn’t interested. Thank god for Jim.

I don’t know if I have ever marked up a book like I marked up this one. I was highlighting and folding pages like a crazy man. The concept is similar to Outliers but where Outliers was a story, this a much “harder” look at facts. I could fill this post with quotes but, check out just these two:

“the chief comstraint is mental, regardless of the field- even in sports, where we might think the physical demands are the hardest”

” instead of compulsive practice producing high ability, high ability leads to compulsive practice”.

This book has gems on every page for coaches, managers and parents. Get it and start reading

This Week on

Posted in Uncategorized on April 9, 2010 by mboyle1959

First up is an article from site member Rob Williams titled Should Sprinters Squat. This is another piece in the “1 or 2 leg debate”. Next up is a piece you might find interesting. I titled it Michael Boyle- Banned by the NSCA.

Last up is another article along the same lines as Rob’s from site member Karsten Jensen called Mike Boyle Says the Squat is Dead is He Right? I don’t think I agree with this one but, I don’t want to be like the NSCA and only provide a forum for those I agree with. Lets see what you guys think.

Video of the Week

First off, sorry that last week’s video was a duplicate. I post so much stuff I forget what I posted. This weeks video is a peak into an MBSC staff meeting. Kevin Larabee has been filming and editing some of our on-the-floor sessions. This one is Teaching the Clean. Some of you may have already seen it as it hit the forum as soon as it was up on YouTube. You guys are like detectives.

As always don’t forget to check out the StrengthCoach Podcast at  Also, make sure you check  We also just filmed a new webinar, Designing Strength Training Programs, for This webinar clarifies some of the differences in programs depending on the number of days (2, 3 and 4) and clientele (athletes or general population).

Also Anthony just added Dr. Ken Cieslak on “Soft Tissue Therapies”.  Dr. Cieslak will be looking at the different modalities of soft tissue therapy from a presentation he first did for the NSCA.

Remember, CEUs are now available for 4 webinars.  You can get to the quizzes on the Member Home Page under Resources.

Site Notes

Just a reminder, as always 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. Please let us know via the forum if there are things you want to see.

Also, your credit card statement will show a charge from, not Hope you enjoy the week.