Archive for April, 2010

The Banned by the NSCA Tour Continues

Posted in MBSC News, Seminars with tags , on April 8, 2010 by mboyle1959

As you well know you won’t get a chance to hear me speak at this summers NSCA National Conference but there are still plenty of opportunities. Next Saturday is the Perform Better One Day in Phoenix. I’ll be there with Gray Cook, Todd Durkin and Alwn Cosgrove.  I’ll also be speaking at the Perform Better Summits in Providence, Chicago and Long Beach. By the way the early bird special for the Perform Better Summit in Providence expires tomorrow so save yourself $70 and register today.

In addition I’ll be speaking in Pensacola Florida at the Andrews Institute Injuries in Football Conference on Saturday April 24th. I don’t have sign up info for this as it looks like an MD centered event.

I’ll also be speaking at two conferences in Germany in conjunction with the 2010 World Championships the week of May 7-15.

Last but not least I’ll have the honor of speaking to both the NBA and NHL strength and conditioning coaches at their annual meetings in conjunction with the their respective combines.

All in all not a bad schedule for a guy no longer qualified for the NSCA circuit. My advice. Save your money and hit the Perform Better Summit. It’s the best education value for the dollar available.

Michael Boyle- Banned by the NSCA Day 2

Posted in Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 by mboyle1959

Just wanted to take a second and thank everyone who posted here, replied via Facebook, and or sent emails to our NSCA reps. I think it is funny. One reader received an email back from a board member that said that I was overreacting and “personalizing” my ban and that next year I would be welcomed back with open arms. I guess the NSCA doesn’t get it. In fact, I know the NSCA doesn’t get it. I don’t think I’ll ever speak at or attend another NSCA event. But, you never know, I do change my mind a lot.

In either case, thanks for all the kind words and support. Yesterdays post doubled the highest number of hits ever for this blog. It’s nice to know that people are concerned. The important thing to think about is who else is not being allowed to speak and why. Maybe we could ask the NSCA to publish a list if speakers who are rejected? My advice, seek alternate ways to get CEU’s.

Michael Boyle- Banned by the NSCA

Posted in Uncategorized on April 5, 2010 by mboyle1959

I received word a few months ago that I have been uninvited as speaker  by the NSCA for this summers national conference. I struggled with whether or not to make this public but, after much thought I have decided to post it here. Unofficial word is that I am too controversial. It’s funny that I could speak effectively for free, be one of the highest rated speakers at a number of different NSCA conferences, draw a large audience and suddenly find out that I am no longer qualified. The reason I have decided to make my situation public is that it appears the NSCA is  in the censorship business these days.

Suddenly I’m too controversial. Seems strange to me. NSCA Executive Director Robert Jursnick had this to say in response to my email questions about my “ban”

“The NSCA Conference Committee has the right and obligation to select qualified presenters and content to present at all NSCA Conferences… The decision made regarding your not presenting at the 2010 National Conference followed all the correct processes and procedures.”

Strange but sources have told me the conference committe doesn’t meet at mid year. It’s even more strange that suddenly my qualifications and content are deemed inadequate for the NSCA. Why did this happen you ask? Here are the reasons I have gathered. However,for some reason no one from the NSCA wants to go on the record beyond the quote above. I have spoken to people with NSCA ties who have even asked that I not even make this ban public.

1- My views on lower body training and aerobic conditioning are frowned on by members of the selection committee. I really hope this is not the reason. This would be the highest degree of censorship.

2- I have openly criticized the NSCA on my website. Guilty as charged. I did write a forum post critical of the certification processs and I stand by what I said. ” the NSCA certification test is the opinion of certain members of the NSCA committee. If you want to pass, simply study the answers in the book”. The NSCA certification also lacks any practical experience component allowing anyone to be a CSCS with no actual on-the-floor experience. I have said that before and I will say it again as it is true. I also stated “The NSCA’s primary method of revenue generation is through the selling of certification”. Does the NSCA have another major revenue method I am unaware of?

3- I have been unprofessional in my criticism of other practitioners. I think this part is clearly unjustified. I have openly criticised concepts and ideas espoused by other professionals. I have often done it while the people whose ideas were being discussed were in the room. Anyone who has seen me speak knows that I always make the point of distinguishing between disagree and dislike. I don’t think it is healthy to adopt an attitude of never criticising another speaker or writer. We are all big boys. If we choose to write articles, speak at conferneces and sell educational products then we should expect critques.

Just for the record, has anyone looked at an NSCA speaker contract.  An NSCA speaker is entitled to a $150 dollar honorarium for their talk as well as coach airfare not to exceed $300 dollars. In addition, the NSCA picks up one nights hotel stay. The truth is it actually costs money for most speakers to present at the NSCA if they are not sponsored. We speak because we want to educate, not for money or fame. Education appears to be no longer in style. I guess you need to be careful not to question any other theorists or theories. Seems that any attempt at innovation or advancement of learning is deemed a crime unless accompanied by university research. Coaching innovation is no longer desired or encouraged. The wisdom that made the NSCA was the information gleaned from presentations by coaches working in the field. What the NSCA appears to desire now at NSCA meetings are presenters who will echo the feelings of the association while taking into account the feelings of fellow presenters.

PS- make sure you don’t question anything that the NSCA believes to be true. It appears that dissent will not be tolerated. Any of those failing to carry the party line will be swiftly punished by exclusion. If you think this is unfair, please let your NSCA Board Members know. There emails are below.

President Jay Hoffman  –

Vice President Greg Haff-

Secretary/Treasurer Jeff Stout-

Board Member Jill Bush-

Board Member Mike Nitka-

Board Member Juan Carlos Santana-

Board Member John McCarthy-

Board Member Chat Williams-

Public Member- Karen Ballek-

This Week On

Posted in Uncategorized on April 1, 2010 by mboyle1959

Sorry for the late email. This is actually a review instead of an announcement. First up this week was My Revolutionary Thought by Brandon LaRue.  Brandon is another MBSC Mentorship alum. I love that all the folks who attend follow my advice and begin to write for the site. I love the real-world, from-the-heart stuff. I think it really helps the site. Next was Take the Tour and Learn from Bruce Kelly. Bruce is another guy that has become a great contributor with lots of real-world perspective.  I’m happy to say that a second generation Kelly, Bruce’s daughter Kerry will be an MBSC intern this summer. Last up is Golf, Balance and the Opposite Direction Swing from Mike Romatowski. Anthony Renna was kind enough to forward this to me.

Video of the Week

Video of the Week is a Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat Jump. Along the same lines as the Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat, we concluded that single leg power is both a priority and, difficult to generate through a large range of motion. As a result we began to experiment with RFESS Jumps as depicted in the video. Notice here we are using Kaz’s “bottom up” idea and working from the bottom with a reset.

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.