Archive for May, 2010

Great Success Guest Blog from Pat Rigsby

Posted in Guest Authors, Random Thoughts on May 31, 2010 by mboyle1959

My friend Pat Rigsby sent this out and I asked if I could reprint it:

I don’t know if you follow professional basketball – I only do a little – but the
big news is LeBron James now entering free agency and whether he will
return to the Cleveland Cavs or go to a bigger market like Chicago or New
York.

Supposedly a big key to his decision is how it will impact the growth of his
global brand as he wants to be the next Michael Jordan – or bigger.

Maybe I’m missing something – but wasn’t the key to Michael Jordan
becoming a global icon the fact that he was the best basketball player
on the planet and won 6 championships?

Seems like LeBron is getting the cart ahead of the horse and worried
about steps 4,5 and 6 before he’s completed 1, 2 and 3.

Maybe I’m wrong, but in sports it’s hard to be considered an all-time great
without winning a championship and he’s yet to lead his team to even one.

It happens in business all the time too. Trainers are ready to write ebooks,
create DVDs and call themselves ‘experts’ without actually doing the
legwork to justify that title.

As far as I’m concerned there is no problem with trying to climb to the
top as quickly as humanly possible – as long as it’s based on substance.

You gotta have the steak – not just the sizzle.

Dedicated to your success –

Pat

Functional Strength Coach 3.0 at Bargain Prices?

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 by mboyle1959

Spring Cleaning Sale (Functional Strength Coach 3.0)

We were going to call it a Scratch and Dent sale, but
that’s not really the case. So, since it’s still spring,
we went with the Spring Cleaning Sale.

Here’s the deal:

We have a bunch of Functional Strength Coach 3.0 programs
around that are opened. Now some of them are just what
Pat has around his office, some were ‘used’ by employees
and athletes watching the program and others were
returned products. Now since these are not ‘unopened’
we cannot re-sell them for the regular price.

(All of the products have been checked, they all work
and are all in good condition)

This is where you benefit. Actually we both benefit.
We can get rid of these boxes and you
get a big discount on Functional Strength Coach 3.0.

Of course, We’ve only got a limited number available so
once they’re gone, they’re gone.

So you’ll want to act quickly.

http://functionalstrengthcoach3.com/springcleaning.html

NSCA Members- Watch this Video

Posted in Guest Authors, Uncategorized on May 28, 2010 by mboyle1959

I just wanted to provide some proof that the NSCA has taken CEUs away from previously approved courses from me

Please email these board members and CC the Strength Coach Podcast:

President Jay Hoffman – hoffmanj@tcnj.edu

Vice President Greg Haff- ghaff@hsc.wvu.edu

Secretary/Treasurer Jeff Stout- jrstout@ou.edu

Board Member Jill Bush- jillbushphd@yahoo.com

Board Member Mike Nitka- mnitka@mnsd.k12.wi.us

Board Member Juan Carlos Santana- jcs@ihpfit.com

Board Member John McCarthy- mccarthy@uab.edu

Board Member Chat Williams- chat@oklahomastrength.com

Public Member- Karen Ballek- kballek@comcast.net

To make it easy, just copy and paste these emails into your email:

hoffmanj@tcnj.edu, ghaff@hsc.wvu.edu, jrstout@ou.edu, jillbushphd@yahoo.com, mnitka@mnsd.k12.wi.us, jcs@ihpfit.com, mccarthy@uab.edu, chat@oklahomastrength.com, kballek@comcast.net, StrengthCoachPodcast@gmail.com, nscaboard@nsca-lift.org

You can use the letter below or right your own:

Dear NSCA Board,

As a dues paying member of the NSCA, I would like to express my disappointment in the NSCA’s recent decision to no longer approve courses by Michael Boyle for continuing education credits. Boyle’s education and experience certainly make him qualified to provide quality information that is valuable to all NSCA members. The decision to discontinue the NSCA CEU’s for any of Boyle’s previously approved talks appears to be a punitive measure not related to educational content and appears to contradict the NSCA’s mission statement “to disseminate research based knowledge and it’s practical applications”.

I am asking that you reconsider your decision and reinstate Michael Boyle’s courses for continuing education credits.

Thank You.

More NSCA CEU Ban News

Posted in Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 by mboyle1959

Our letter campaign is in full swing and I think we are making headway. Please take some time to go to the previous post and send your thoughts to the NSCA Board members. We can’t let the NSCA operate this way. We are holding up a mirror and the NSCA does not like it’s refection? I have also been in touch with two others who are in similar situations to me so this CEU denial is a coercion tool that the NSCA has previously had success with. As you may already know the NSCA has gone so far as to send letters to individuals telling them that I am no longer an approved CEU provider ( I’ll provide the letters in another post later this week  with the letter from the NSCA lawyer).  So, if you want to hear me speak it will have to be because you want to learn, not because you need NSCA CEU’s.  One of our readers suggested I now market myself as The Man the NSCA Doesn’t Want You to Hear.

What makes me laugh is that the NSCA thinks that this will have an economic effect on me. Sorry Mr. NSCA but I’m booking dates well into next year whether you provide CEU’s or not. Stop kidding yourself about the value of CEU’s. Good information is worth far more than CEU’s in our industry.

Just curious? Why do you think two different NSCA representatives asked me not to make my displeasure public? In my opinion I think the NSCA liked the anonymity of the pre-internet world. However everyone with a blog and some readers is now like a newspaper publisher. You can’t keep us quiet, particularly if we have an audience. I have a favor to request of you. If you have benefited from my work in any way, please take a minute to send a letter to the NSCA. A sample letter and email addresses are provided in the previous post below.   The NSCA reps told me they had heard from “a few” of you last time and really down played the number of complaints. Just to keep them honest, keep cc’ing me when you send it. I’ll keep track.

Please Get Our CEU’s back and This Week on StrengthCoach.com

Posted in Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 by mboyle1959

The Past Week on StrengthCoach.com

This is our longest update ever. Please do me a favor and read the whole thging.

Our first article last week was an excellent look at the squat from Jon Mesnner titled It’s the Little Things- Squat Update http://www.strengthcoach.com/members/2105.cfm

I love this next article from Ray Eady of University of Wisconsin. In fact, I wish I had written it. I think you will see lots of strength coaches who work with female athletes reprinting this article and giving it to their head coach. The title is simple and to the point Female Basketball Players Need to Get Strong. http://www.strengthcoach.com/members/2108.cfm

Last up is my eagerly awaited Handicapping the Perform Better Summit http://www.strengthcoach.com/public/2109.cfm This is both fun to write and tough to write but I hope you are as excited as I am.

If you haven’t been on the site this week, make sure you log on and check out another excellent week of articles.

Video of the Week

Video of the Week comes from Dewey Nielsen. Dewey shows some great TRX lower body exercises . http://www.strengthcoach.com/members/2110.cfm

Make sure you check out the StrengthCoach Podcast this week  Anthony gets our email campaign started to get CEU’s reinstated for my talks. Don’t miss this one. Also when you are done, please send an email. We need to let the NSCA know how wrong they are.  We are hoping for 1000 emails.

Please email these board members and CC the Strength Coach Podcast:

President Jay Hoffman  – hoffmanj@tcnj.edu

Vice President Greg Haff- ghaff@hsc.wvu.edu

Secretary/Treasurer Jeff Stout- jrstout@ou.edu

Board Member Jill Bush- jillbushphd@yahoo.com

Board Member Mike Nitka- mnitka@mnsd.k12.wi.us

Board Member Juan Carlos Santana- jcs@ihpfit.com

Board Member John McCarthy- mccarthy@uab.edu

Board Member Chat Williams- chat@oklahomastrength.com

Public Member- Karen Ballek- kballek@comcast.net

To make it easy, just copy and paste these emails into your email:

hoffmanj@tcnj.edu, ghaff@hsc.wvu.edu, jrstout@ou.edu, jillbushphd@yahoo.com, mnitka@mnsd.k12.wi.us, jcs@ihpfit.com, mccarthy@uab.edu, chat@oklahomastrength.com, kballek@comcast.net, StrengthCoachPodcast@gmail.com, nscaboard@nsca-lift.org

You can use the letter below or write your own:

Dear NSCA Board,

As a dues paying member of the NSCA, I would like to express my disappointment in the NSCA’s recent decision to no longer approve courses by Michael Boyle for continuing education credits.  Boyle’s education and experience certainly make him qualified to provide quality information that is valuable to all NSCA members.  The decision to discontinue the NSCA CEU’s for any of Boyle’s previously approved talks appears to be a punitive measure not related to educational content and appears to contradict the NSCA’s mission statement “to disseminate research based knowledge and it’s practical applications”.

I am asking that you reconsider your decision and reinstate Michael Boyle’s courses for continuing education credits.

Thank You.

Also, make sure to check out Strength and Conditioning Webinars http://www.strengthandconditioningwebinars.com We are doing a webinar tomorrow on Training Hockey Players.

Site Notes

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

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

Upcoming MBSC Mentorship Dates Announced

Posted in Uncategorized on May 22, 2010 by mboyle1959

Just wanted to let everyone know that we have two more Mentorship Weeks coming up. I haven’t done a great job of choosing dates early enough to let people plan so we have both a fall and a winter week selected.

Fall Mentorship September 20-23rd

Winter Mentorship December 6-9th

to register online go to www.bodybyboyle.com

Take a look at what one of our last mentorship attendees had to say about her experience

Reflections on my 4 day mentorship or “things I learned”

1. I learned from four different resources ~ listening/watching Mike, participating in workouts, watching workouts and talking to the other mentorship participants.  All added something to the experience.

2. Although we only had four people participating in the mentorship program, we were amazingly diverse, which allowed for a lot of learning.  Two people owned their own facility, two did not.  Two had been in the business only 3-4 years, two had been doing it longer, two were from Europe, two from the US, one had a physical therapy background, 3 were in this as a career, one (myself) was in it as a 2nd career…all this diversity allowed for lots of learning just amongst the four of us.

3. I learned I really need to incorporate the functional movement screen into my work.  The morning spent with Mike going through the 7 screens was eye-opening.  Unfortunately I don’t think I will ever know as much as Mike…it was amazing watching him do the assessment, and then like a detective, start to figure out what that really meant, from a practical standpoint.  After spending several hours with our group going through the screen, Mike then actually had an athlete in who he went through it with.  Watching Mike in action, in a “real life” setting was a great learning experience in itself.

4. Learn by doing…invaluable.  Actually doing the same workouts as the athletes coming through the gym helped it all to sink in.  Day 1 we did the workout, then watched the kids coming through  doing basically the same workout ~ having already done it ourselves helped make things make more sense.  Watching the same workout on Day 2, you picked up even more.  Doing linear day again on day 4, even better…Day one was a bit overwhelming, but by Day 3 and 4, things started to gel, to make sense.

5. The people working for you are a direct reflection on you.  I think I learned as much about Mike and his ideas from the people working for him as I did from him.  Every single person I met at MBSC was not only knowledgeable, but also extremely friendly, open to questions, and smart!  All of our workouts were led by people in their early to mid 20’s.  I was impressed not only by their wealth of knowledge, but also by their enthusiasm, willingness to share and answer questions and their maturity.  Day 3 was led by a young 20 year old kid still in school, interning part-time at MBSC.  Equally as impressive in his knowledge and enthusiasm as those a bit older who had been there longer.  Every single person at MBSC went out of their way to introduce themselves & make themselves available to us.  This was not fake, this was very genuine, and I think reflects very well on Mike.

6. Mike likes dessert (and a few beers).

7. I went running on Day 3, even though I know Mike isn’t a big fan of running, and thinks even less of women running.  Being a triathlete, I have to run.  My point here is that you read, listen, absorb from others who are smarter then you, but you don’t necessarily throw out all of your own ideas and ways of doing things.  I have read Mike’s article on women & running, and while I recognize he has some valid arguments, the reality is, I have to run (and many of my clients like to run) ~ so you adapt and adjust the “ideal” to the “real-world.”

8. I am lucky I live in the US.  The two Europeans have to deal with even more backwards thinking about strength and conditioning than we do.  They want to implement “functional” training concepts, but very few want to listen.  You can tell they are frustrated.

9. I am lucky I live in the Boston area.  While it is about a 50 minute drive for me to get to Mike’s Winchester facility, that is nothing compared to a 5 or 6 hour flight.  I have one of the greatest learning resources in my back yard.

10. If I can get triathletes to strength train, I will accomplish something no one has been able to do, including Mike. J

11. “Cleans” are fun, but I need a lot more practice.

12. There are so many good “toys” to add to my list…I want ropes, a sled, an Airdyne bike, chains, a landmine…so many toys, so little money.

13. There was an Airdyne bike “challenge” on Day 4 between Mark & Lark ~ 3 times ½ mile, best time wins (I believe the challenge was proposed after a few beers).  Do not judge a book by its cover…I think bets were on Mark, our German soccer player who was super solid, a picture of fitness.  His “opponent” Lark, was tall and thin, more of a runner’s build.  The first ½ mile appeared to be a draw, although we were still figuring out how to work the timers and as a result didn’t get a time for either challenger.  Second ½ mile was again a draw…basically finishing at the same time.  There never was a 3rd ½ mile interval, as both Mark & Lark seemed to be done, physically, and the point had been made…you cannot assess someone’s level of fitness merely by looking at them (nice job Mark and Lark!).

14. Pay it forward…Mike shares everything he knows.  His is not a “secret recipe.”  He shares the recipe with anyone who wants it.  I spent $1000 and 4 days learning from Mike.  The day after the mentorship I had lunch with a good friend who is a personal trainer and shared with her a lot of what I had learned…no secrets, pass it along.  I am also serving as a mentor to women participating in a summer triathlon…people helped me when I was a tri newbie, and I love passing along the knowledge.  I think Mike is the same way.

The Past Week on StrengthCoach.com

Posted in Random Thoughts, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Uncategorized on May 17, 2010 by mboyle1959

This is a slightly longer email than usual. My family and I just returned from a week in Germany. I had the opportunity to speak at the International Ice Hockey Federation Conferences in Germany, see some games at the IIHF World Championships and, spend some quality time with my family. As always though Adrienne was able to keep the site up and running.

First up this week was an article provided to us by Lee Burton and Gray Cook. The lead researcher was Kyle Keisel and the study, Functional Movement Test Scores Improve Following a Standardized Off Season Intervention Program in Professional Football Players,  appeared in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports in 2009. This is a great piece as it provides research backing for the Functional Movement Screen that is so much a part of this site.

Next up is Through a Fresh Set of Eyes from site member and MBSC intern Dave Rak. Dave gives us yet another viewpoint, the student becoming a coach. Dave has been an excellent addition to our staff and has a bright future.

Our third article comes from another great young site member, Vince Gabrielle, and is titled Be More . Vince formerly worked with Todd Durkin in CA. and now has his own facility Gabrielle Fitness and Performance in New Jersey. Be More is another excellent look at the real impact we have on our athletes.

If you haven’t been on the site this week, make sure you log on and check out another excellent week of articles.

Video of the Week

Video of the Week is another Kevin Larabee look Inside the MBSC Staff Meeting- Glute Ham Raises. This is a tough exercise to do and a tough exercise to teach and at least in my opinion, many folks teach it and perform it wrong.

We’ve really upped our staff education this year to continue to take a great product and great coaches to even higher levels. Thanks to Kevin you guys get to share in this.

As always don’t forget to check out the StrengthCoach Podcast. Also, make sure to check out  Strength and Conditioning Webinars http://www.strengthandconditioningwebinars.com .

Site Notes

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

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