Archive for July, 2010

Functional Training or Safe Training?

Posted in Core training, Injuries, Random Thoughts on July 31, 2010 by mboyle1959

I just watched the video from Mike Davis last blog post about what is functional training.
It got me thinking not about functional training but about safety. We stopped doing exercises like dumbbell bench presses on a ball when I realized that anti-burst balls can still burst. I have to admit I liked the additional challenge of using the ball but if if you know me you also know I am a big risk-benefit ratio guy. In this case, I just can’t justify the risk. Just try to imagine that ball failing with 300 lbs of unbalanced load?

The primary use for our stability balls now is our phase 1 rollout progression. I NEVER let anyone lift on a ball or stand on a ball anymore.


Duane Carlisle’s Total Football Training

Posted in Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 by mboyle1959

As most of you may already know Duane Carlisle, Strength and Conditioning Coach of the San Francisco 49 ers’, has just released his football training program. I had the pleasure of coaching Duane almost 3o years ago at Boston University and have been friends since.

I rarely endorse or sell products other than my own but am making an exception here.  If you’re looking for a program to develop your  football players’ speed, strength and conditioning, then you need to check out Total Football Training.

Duane shows you exactly what he does to train his own athletes, in a step-by-step format.

To order or to learn more, simply click


Mike Boyle

The Past Week on

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2010 by mboyle1959

Well once again it is Thursday. Sounds like I’m working from a script. The truth is the week just gets away from me. With our MBSC Summer Program in full swing its tough to blog, keep up with the forum, answer emails and do stuff like this. But, you don’t want to hear me complain so…

First up last week was: Should Sprinters Squat Part 2 . This is the second in a series that looks further into the idea of single leg training for runners.

Next up was  My 2 Cents . This piece comes from Stanford Director of Strength and Conditioning Brandon Marcello. This is a great piece that draws on the lessons learned by Brandon over his career in the field.

Last up was another piece from Alwyn called:  Evolution of Metabolic Training The Results Fitness model . As we are all well aware fat loss and metabolic training are all the rage right now. I think Alwyn has really been the guy at the forefront of this. Take a look at the literal evolution of Alwyn’s system.

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

Strangely enough, I think  we posted a bunch of videos but, none last week so in fact there was no video of the week. I made up for it this week with two but, that’s next weeks email.

Make sure you check out the StrengthCoach Podcast Anthony interviewed Gray Cook  about his New Book in Episode 60

Also, make sure to check out Strength and Conditioning Webinars

Site Notes

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Why I love Country Music

Posted in Uncategorized on July 19, 2010 by mboyle1959

Take a second and read this and you’ll understand why I have become a country music fan.

How to Run a Business- Guest Blog from Pat Rigsby

Posted in Uncategorized on July 18, 2010 by mboyle1959

The following is a guest blog from Pat Rigsby. I should disclose that Pat speaks on the Perform Better tour and that I agree with his views in this case 100%. You can read more from Pat at .

“A couple of weeks ago I attended the Perform Better Functional Training Summit in Chicago.  It was the 2nd of three Functional Training Summits they hold throughout the summer, with the 1st being in Providence, RI and the third still to come this August 6th-8th in Long Beach, CA. While I was at the event I thought about how much fitness professionals could learn from Perform Better the company – so I decided to share some lessons I’ve taken away from doing business with them which could benefit all of our businesses:

  • Deliver Value To Grow Your Business – I’ve attended about 10 Perform Better events and made numerous purchases from them and every time I’ve felt like I’ve gotten more than my money’s worth.  In fact, to this point I’ve yet to come across someone who didn’t feel like they’ve received their money’s worth (or more) at any of the Perform Better events.

    This kind of consistent value that they deliver is the foundation of their success and should be the foundation of any businesses success.  It’s as simple as this: In every transaction you have with a customer or client provide them with an experience that makes them want to do business with you again.

  • Educate and the Sales Will Come – The Perform Better Summits, the Functional Movement Screen Workshops and all the other Perform Better events are all incredible sales vehicles without ever really ‘pitching’ anything.  The key is simple – each of these events educates fitness professionals on how they can do a better job serving their clients.  This is a great way to generate sales in two ways:
    1. Any of the tools or resources used in the presentations are made available by Perform Better so if fitness professionals want to implement what they’ve learned, Perform Better offers solutions so they can.
    2. The fitness industry is notorious for turnover so by educating fitness professionals, Perform Better is essentially helping people stay in the industry, become more successful and in turn potentially become a long term customer.

How can you apply this?  The more informed your clients are – the more successful they will be.  If you educate them on nutrition, supplements and a supportive lifestyle, they’ll be more likely to reach their goals and more likely to stay with you as a client. Not to mention that if you provide some of the solutions like supplements or nutrition education – you can offer them to your clients as a profit center.

  • Make Everything A Win / Win – This is similar to my first point but since we deal with Perform Better on a bit of a different level than most consumers since we offer a pre-conference IYCA Certification Workshop and have done a few other things with them outside of simply attending events or making purchases.What I’ve consistently seen from them is that in every transaction, every project and in every working relationship – they work to make sure that both parties come out ahead.

    This sounds simple – but in business and especially in the fitness industry – it’s not as common as it should be.

    They’ve worked diligently to make sure we benefit at every turn when we deal with them – and you should be doing the same in all of your business relationships.  You should make it a goal that every client, prospect, JV partner or member of your network feels like when they deal with you – they benefit.

  • Keep Evolving – Every year Perform Better Summits keep changing and improving.  Each year there are new presentations highlighting the latest successful industry trends in training and equipment. In fact, the Summits are often the vehicle to educate fitness pros on the latest industry developments – so they’re usually the people setting the tone for a lot of what successful trainers and coaches are doing with their clients.
  • Use Relationships As Your Foundation – We talk about it over and over and Perform Better is a perfect example of it – relationships are crucial to business success.

When I attend Perform Better events it feels kind of like a big family reunion – but more fun ;)

This isn’t an accident.  Their team is incredible and takes a personal interest in everyone they do business with.  In fact, it’s pretty apparent in everything that they do from consistently looking for ways for you (or us) to save money when making purchases to little things like Chris Poirier – taking a couple minutes out from running the event – to have an I-Phone Lightsaber battle with Tyler.

In fact, the Rep that we work with, Jennie Rohde had a baby gift for Holly and me when we showed up.  How thoughtful is that?

All of this is stuff you can do to.  Take a person interest in your clients.  Be nice (and attentive) to their kids.  Go out of your way to help them be more successful.

There you go – 5 big lessons you can take away from the equipment company I consider to be far and away the leader in serving the fitness professional market.

By the way – if you’re going to be making any orders with Perform Better soon, give Jennie  Rohde a call at 888-556-7464 ext. 114 and tell her you read this blog and she’ll make sure you get our discount”

A Quick Reminder- Vote for Bob Alejo

Posted in Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 by mboyle1959

Just a quick reminder. The NSCA Board of Directors voting ends today. Please take a minute and cast a vote for Bob Alejo if you haven’t already done it.


The Past Week on

Posted in Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 by mboyle1959

Well here it is already Wednesday again and  I’m beginning to catch up. I may not catch up all summer but we are having a great summer form a business standpoint. Doesn’t leave enough time for my on-line lfe right now though. I have posted two videos and an article for this week.  Also, I have posted  a link to a course that will be hosted at MBSC on August 14, 2010.

First up last week was:  A great Weighted Chinup video. I actually thought I had lost this one and found it on my BU computer. Site member Ben Wellenbach had asked me about this video so I looked for it.  Former MBSC coach Ed Lippie bangs out three reps at 135 lbs.

Next was The Perform Better Workout from Alwyn Cosgrove. Ilove to put up “real” stuff that people actually do and there has ben a lot of forum talk about Alwyn and Dos’s metabolic stuff. I also have a great follow up this week from Alwyn.

FYI: The  Selective Functional Movement Assessment Course- this will be  hosted at MBSC in Woburn on August, 14 2010. This may be sold out already.

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: Video of the Week – Box Hip Flexor Stretch

Make sure you check out the StrengthCoach Podcast Anthony interviewed Gray Cook  about his New Book in Episode 60

Also, make sure to check out Strength and Conditioning Webinars

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, not Hope you enjoyed the week.

Shuttle Systems Interview with Mike Boyle

Posted in Injuries, MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Training, Uncategorized on July 13, 2010 by mboyle1959

Thought I’d share an interview I did for Shuttle Systems

Team Shuttle: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Coach Boyle: I’m a strength coach, a writer, and an educator. I am the strength and conditioning coach for Ice Hockey at Boston University as well as the owner of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning with two facilities outside of Boston, MA. Recently Mens Health named us one of the top 10 gyms in the US.

What fascinates you right now?

I’m fascinated by how little we know. I’ve been questioning everything lately. How to get bigger, how to get stronger, how to get in shape. I think the questions far outnumber the answers.

You had a run-in with the NSCA – what’s the permanent solution to that problem?

I don’t know if there is a solution. I can’t get a straight answer. I hear I am unqualified, that I was uninvited. I think the real solution is full disclosure. I’d like to know what happened, who was behind it and why was it done.

I think you’ve described yourself as “old school”. What are some trends you see in sports that you wish would stop – or go back to the way it was in the good ol’ days?

Number one, early specialization. Everyone wants the next Tiger Woods or Maria Sharapova. Kids should be kids first and foremost, not little science projects for parents. Next would be all the AAU, ODP etc. This is just an outgrowth of the early specialization thing. Kids need time to become athletes. Just because they are smart we don’t send them to med school at 10.

Who are you learning from? Who’s doing some really cool stuff right now?

Good question. Lots of people. Alwyn Cosgrove always makes me think as does Gray Cook. The Perform Better tour has some of the best thinkers on the planet. I’m reading more about the mind, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin, and Nutrition stuff by Michael Pollan.

Who is the best athlete you’ve ever worked with – and why?

If you want Biggest Heart and Greatest Drive I might have to go with Chris Drury, captain of the NY Rangers. Jay Pandolfo of the New Jersey Devils is also in the same category as is Mike Grier of the Buffalo Sabres.

Most talented is interesting. There have been so many. Ray Bourque, Nomar Garciaparra, Mia Hamm, Marcellus Wiley. Keith Tkachuk and Tony Amonte established themselves as two of the greatest players in US Hockey history, Bill Guerin is still playing on a line with Sydney Crosby at 39. Too tough to call.

What’s your best piece of advice to someone just starting out in the profession?

No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.

If you were forced to make a different career choice – what would you be?

I’d probably be a carpenter. I love working on houses.

With all the demands on your time – how do you maintain balance in your life?

One I have a great wife. Two, I’m learning to say no more. Three, I work while everyone else is asleep.

For the record: One year from today you will have accomplished – what?

I will have streamlined my life. I’m trying to be able to spend more time with my kids.

At the end of your career, where do you want to say that you made your “Dent in the Universe”?

I hope I will have trained and influenced those who will take my place. When I see my “kids”, the people I have coached and mentored do such great things, I know I have a legacy. I hope that is the way that Al Vermeil, Johnnie Parker, Rusty Jones and Mike Woicek feel about me.

One more…. How do you use your Shuttle MVP? Any tips or suggestions on how to get the most out of your machine?

We use the Shuttle MVP for power development and rehab across a broad range of clients. You guys already have a great video on your site that shows how we use it.

Be sure to check out the video of the new MBSC Winchester Facility.

Free Range Eggs Not Safer?

Posted in Media, Nutrition, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized on July 13, 2010 by mboyle1959

This is another great “study” that was publicized in the media. Read this for a good laugh

“Scientists collected six free-range eggs and 12 regular eggs from farms and markets in Taiwan and analyzed the eggs for their content of dioxins. Taiwan, they note, is a heavily populated, industrialized island with many of the municipal incinerators that release PCDDs and PCDFs. They found that the free-range eggs contained 5.7 times higher levels of PCDDs and PCDFs than the regular eggs. The scientists suggest that the findings raise concern about the safety of eating free-range chicken eggs.”

The best part about this was that the headline I read said “Free range eggs not safer”. Why didn’t they gather the eggs at Three Mile Island or another safe place. Just another example of why you need to read the study specifics.

The Past Week on

Posted in Core training, Guest Authors, Random Thoughts, Updates, Training on July 8, 2010 by mboyle1959

Well here it is already Wednesday and I’m beginning to catch up from the long weekend. I have posted three articles for this week. Hope you enjoy!

First up last week was:  More on The Importance of the Strength and Conditioning Coach. Dos sent this to me and I think we all need to read it. I included it in last weeks email also but I think it might have been posted late. Either way, click and read if you missed it.

Next up, check out Athletic Development by Jim Reeves. This is classic Jim, taking a deeper look at a good concept and asking some good questions.

Last up is  Core Competencies- Breathing and Rolling from Carson Boddicker. Carson looks at some neglected things that might be basics?

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: Straight Leg Situp

For some reason we get lots of questions about  this one. Take a look.
Make sure you check out the StrengthCoach Podcast Anthony interviewed Charlie Weingroff on the “How Do We Get Length” thread and his take on Thomas Myers. If you are not listening to the Podcasts you are really missing out. Download them on your IPOD and listen in the car. Go to Automobile U.

Also, make sure to check out Strength and Conditioning Webinars

Site Notes

Please let us know via the forum if there are things you want to see on the site. The forum is just getting better and better. Jump on and ask questions. It’s a lot of fun.

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