Archive for June, 2010

News from Automobile U- The Talent Code

Posted in Uncategorized on June 30, 2010 by mboyle1959

For those who don’t know Automobile U is Zig Ziglars term for audio learning in the car. I’ve become a big audio book guy.

I have to admit I started to read Talent Code and didn’t like it. I think all the stuff in the beginning about “building myelin” is just BS. However, don’t let it stop you like it stopped me initially. All the “myelin” stuff aside, there are some great tips for coaches and for parents. I particularly liked the chapter on John Wooden’s methods. Listening to this vs. reading really changed this book for me.

I also loved the chapter on the KIPP program. I got lots of great ideas for myself and for my coaches. This quote alone made the book worth it.

Education is not the filling of a pail but, the lighting of a fire

WB Yeats

This is a great one to add to your library along with Talent is Overrated and Outliers.

The Past Week on

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, MBSC News, Random Thoughts, Seminars, Updates, Training on June 24, 2010 by mboyle1959

I’m beginning to catch up a bit. However, it’s now Thursday again. Week one is ¾ over at the new MBSC and things went great. However, there are just not enough hours in the day right now. I’m off to Chicago for the Perform Better Summit. My Handicapping article is third this week.

First up last week was our last review from Providence from Bruce Kelly:  Saturday & Sunday at The Perform Better Summit Providence, RI

Next up, was an article I wrote:   Dealing With Hamstring Injury This was based on three recent forum posts all asking about dealing with hamstring strains.

Also, we added Elsbeth Vaino to our expert panel. Elsbeth has been a great contributor and as Thomas Myers mentioned in Providence we need more good female representation.

Last up this week is the article I mentioned above. Handicapping Perform Better Chicago. If you are going, take a look. Tough choices but, tough choices means a good seminar

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

Somehow there was no video of the week, sorry.

Make sure you check out the StrengthCoach Podcast Anthony interviewed Charlie Weingroff on Thomas Myers, “How Do We Get Length” and “Where Do We Go From Here?”  Episode 59

Also, make sure to check out Strength and Conditioning Webinars

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Shocker- Winner Calls Biggest Loser UnHealthy

Posted in Fat Loss, Media, Nutrition, Training Females on June 22, 2010 by mboyle1959

What’s next. Someone will report finding an honest politician? Maybe  a Unicorn?

Sorry to be so crass. As I a have said before The Biggest Loser is the worst thing that has ever happened to our industry. Here’s more evidence why

Biggest Loser “Winner” Comes Clean

No Evidence That Organics are better?

Posted in Nutrition, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 by mboyle1959

I hate it every time I see this headline . This review was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It was conducted by researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. These are the same people who conducted a review that led to the same conclusion last year. In the earlier review, the researchers examined 162 studies and found no evidence of nutritional benefits from organic foods.

This a perfect example of “figures lie and liars figure”. The key is not what’s in organic food from a macronutrient standpoint, it’s what’s not in it from a poison standpoint. This type of “research” is just designed to confuse people. My feeling is that you will live longer the more high quality food you eat. The big food companies don’t like this idea. Read the entire studies, not the headlines.

Another Great Move by the NSCA

Posted in Guest Authors, Seminars, Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 by mboyle1959

I just got this email from my friend Pat Rigsby. The NSCA might be America’s most out of touch organization.

Read this from Pat:

“On August 28th I’ll be speaking at the Midwest Performance
Enhancement Seminar that my buddy Mike Robertson is

But I did get a bit of ‘bad news’ from Mike last week about the

He’d applied for .6 CECs from the NSCA for the event’s
6 presentations.

He got .5 CECs.

The NSCA told him they wouldn’t provide continuing education
credits for a business related presentation.


It doesn’t matter if your members can feed their families or
pay their bills…

…or maybe their NSCA renewal fees?

Maybe I’m being naive, but I don’t think that becoming a
better business person and becoming a better trainer or
coach should be mutually exclusive.

In fact, we’ve worked hard – and continue to work hard –
to develop ways for IYCA members to improve in both

Because being a good coach matters a lot less if you
don’t have any clients.

We’re holding our Bootcamp Bootcamp Weekend beginning
today and even though it is primarily a business event
we’re making certain to help people become better coaches
too – we’re covering everything from assessments to training
with bands and kettlebells.

Like I said – to have a successful career you probably need to learn

But since I don’t like ‘bad news’ I came up with a plan:

The day before the event I’m going to hold a
Fitness Business A-Z Workshop for all the attendees
that register by Mike’s early bird deadline.

I figure that if someone is the type of trainer or coach that
invests in their education and comes to an event like this –
then they’re the type of person I want to help.

So if you haven’t registered for the Midwest Performance
Enhancement Seminar yet – here’s the link:!/

This is not an affiliate link – just a recommendation for an
awesome event with presentations by Mike, Brian Grasso,
Brett Jones, Bill Hartman, Lee Taft… and me.

And a bonus Fitness Business A-Z Workshop that has cost over
$500 itself anytime I’ve done anything similar to it.

So hopefully I’ll see you in Indy August 28th for the Seminar
and also on the 27th for my A-Z Workshop.

Dedicated to your success ”


NSCA Justifies Censorship with Inaccurate Information?

Posted in Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 by mboyle1959

Rather than provide individual responses from board members those of you who wrote a letter to the NSCA are getting a letter back purportedly from the Board of Directors but more likely from the NSCA attorney. I will state clearly at great risk that portions of this letter are wildly inaccurate. The NSCA letter states:

“in the specific issue at hand you do not have all of the facts at your disposal.”

This is the first of a series of statements designed to make you think I overreacted to a simple clerical error. Sponsors are in fact allowed to recommend speakers that is accurate. In this case Perform Better was the sponsor. This relieves the NSCA of their pay policy of $150 per presentation and allows them to get the top speakers in the industry. I was the first speaker ever suggested by Perform Better to not be approved by the committee so, we are back to the first issue. Whether they had sent me their standard contract is irrelevant as they had verbally agreed to have me present. Why did they elect to “ban” me when I have been a popular and highly rated speaker. The NSCA is once again hiding from the real issue, which is the NSCA trying to control the information provided to members.

The letter continues to say:

Boyle “proceeded to attack the NSCA and the Board of Directors on his website.”

My blog posts may have been perceived as an attack on the NSCA but clearly I only appealed to the Board of Directors to do their job. I never said a negative word about the Board of Directors. Feel free to review the blog posts.

” he has been speaking quite negatively about the NSCA at many of the public forums that he attends. He in fact has acknowledged these attacks on his website. Considering his actions, we decided that we were not going to provide him a forum to espouse his rhetoric.”

This is also inaccurate. I acknowledged that I had been honest on my website about my feelings about the CSCS exam. I think my comments were not in the “quite negative” category. In fact, if reviewed you can see that I have always recommended the CSCS even though I question the content. As far as public criticism, this simply never occurred. is a private paid website. I have never maligned the NSCA in public and would challenge them to prove these accusations.

“we examined Mr. Boyle a bit further and realized that he is not certified, and he is not a member of the NSCA”

This is more accurate information that is again manipulated by the NSCA. I was a member for nearly twenty five years but recently elected to not renew my membership. In fact my first NSCA National Conference as an attendee was in 1984. In addition I have been informed that only a Masters degree is required and the NSCA has often had speakers who who are not members or certified. I have never taken the certification exam for the same reason I criticized it. As an ATC we had to accumulate 1500 hours of practical experience before we were allowed to sit for the NATA exam. In addition the exam had a practical component that forced you to demonstrate your skills in front of examiners. My objection to the NSCA certification is based on the fact that it has no practical component as part of the certification process.

These are four examples of the NSCA inaccuracies put forth to appease angry members. Well I was not angry before but, I am now. There is an organized effort going on at the NSCA to avoid the truth. Is that censorship?

Another Mentorship Review

Posted in Guest Authors, MBSC News, Training, Uncategorized on June 17, 2010 by mboyle1959

Lark Miller was another mentorship of our MBSC attendees. I like to share their reviews from time to time.  This is what Lark wrote in his blog about his experience:

“A few weeks ago, I went Back East to spend some time learning from my personal training mentor, Mike Boyle. He’s hands-down the most influential personal trainer on the scene. He knows how to take the precise science of personal training and bring it to a conversational level that is accessible for anyone. And then he translates that into a proven exercise system that works.

I’ve been competitive and athletic my whole life, but I’ve only been training others professionally for a few years now. Mike Boyle has been at it for 25 years longer than I have. He knows what he’s talking about. He’s smart; he gets it; and I can’t say enough good things about this guy.

So, I went back and spent a week interning with Mike at his strength and conditioning center in the Boston area. He taught me a lot of valuable information that I brought back with me and have been integrating into my personal training sessions and my bootcamps. Probably the most important thing I brought back with me is a deeper understanding of the sequence that Mike uses in all his sessions.

Here it is, in a nutshell:

  • Foam rolling (addresses tissue density)
  • Stretching (addresses tissue length)
  • Mobilization (We concentrate on mobilizing the ankles, hips, shoulders, and thoracic spine, but we purposely work on stabilizing the knees and low back.)
  • Agility (basic athletic movement, footwork and coordination)
  • Explosive lifts (Olympic lifts)
  • Major lifts (to develop strength and hypertrophy)
  • Conditioning (known as “intervals”)

So that’s basically it. Over the next couple of weeks I will be breaking down each component with a short video demonstration and explanation. Stay tuned…”

If you are interested in an upcoming mentorship:

Fall Mentorship September 20-23rd

Winter Mentorship December 6-9th

to register online go to