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Dan John Was Right About Goblet Squats

Posted in Core training, Low Back Pain, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , , on August 27, 2010 by mboyle1959

Goblet squats work. I have seen Dan John mention Goblet Squats in print several times, most recently in his wonderful book Never Let Go. I need to mention to Dan that any time he writes about Goblet Squats he needs to include a picture or a video.    To be honest from reading I never really understood what he meant. Now I know and, we have tried them. They are like a miracle exercise. I can only say TRY THEM! The goblet position is now our preferred method of loading for all beginners at MBSC. If we are going to load someone we are goiong to use the goblet position first. The upper body and the core muscle are forced to work to hold posture in a way that is not experienced in any other exercise.  Think loading will be a problem? Take a look at this Rear Foot Elevated Goblet Squat


Everything is Marketing

Posted in Media, Random Thoughts with tags , on August 24, 2010 by mboyle1959

I recently finished listening to Rework, a book Kevin Larabee of MBSC and the FitCast recommended for me. One of the great take aways from the book, and there were many, was on marketing.

“everything is marketing”

The authors, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, make the point that marketing is not a process or a department. It is everything we do.

–       Every time we greet a new customer, it’s marketing

–       Every time we send an email, it’s marketing

–       Every time you answer the phone, it’s marketing

–       Every workout is marketing

–       How you dress is marketing

–       Hello is marketing, good bye is marketing

Try to remind yourself that marketing is not one persons job, it is everyone’s job. An unreturned phone call is a huge marketing mistake. Slow follow up is a huge marketing mistake.  Don’t take the customers for granted.

If you get a chance, pick up ReWork. It’s a great read or a great listen.

Don’t Blame Creatine

Posted in Injuries, Media, Nutrition, Training, Uncategorized with tags , on August 23, 2010 by mboyle1959

The big story is that 19 players from McMinnville HS in Oregon were hospitalized with elevated levels of creatine kinase. The bigger story is that the folks in the media hear creatine and blame the supplement the players might have been taking.

No one blames the idiot Coach who had the players indoors in the wrestling room exercising in 115 degree heat. Must be the supplements. How about rhabdomyolysis? Guess what one of the primary symptoms is? Elevated levels of creatine kinase.

Maybe someone should ask the coach what went on in the wrestling room?

According to

“Rhabdomyolysis (RAB-DOE-MY-O-LIE-SIS) is the rapid destruction of skeletal muscle resulting in leakage into the urine of the muscle protein myoglobin.”

“Myoglobin is a protein component of the muscle cells that is released into the blood when the skeletal muscle is destroyed in rhabdomyolysis. Creatine kinase is an enzyme (a protein that facilitates chemical reactions in the body) also in the muscle cells. The level of each of these proteins can be measured in blood to monitor the degree of muscle injury from rhabdomyolysis.” Myoglobin can also be measured in samples of urine.”

It is amazing how quick we are to blame a supplement that actually has a pretty good track record for safety. Writers need to do a little research before “reporting”.

Previously on

Posted in Guest Authors, Injuries, Seminars, Updates, Training on August 23, 2010 by mboyle1959

Usually I start this off by saying I’m beginning to catch up from the  weekend. Actually I am now officially a week behind. The three articles and the video listed below were actually published two weeks ago. I’ll get another update out in a day or two. Family vacation takes a toll on me. Below are the articles for August 9-16th

First was:Becoming a Great Strength Coach Part 2 This was the second part of Anthony Donskov’s article. I really liked this two part series. If you haven’t read part 1, go back and read it first.

Next up was:Talking in Color from site member Brett Bartholomew. Brett’s area of interest is motor learning and he takes a little different look at things.

Last up:  Perform Better — A Life Changing Experience from Justin Levine. This is another in a long line of great reviews/ recaps of the Perform Better Summit in Long Beach.

Video of the week :Video of the Week – Mobility Focused Movement Prep from Daniel Martinez. This is a great warm-up video with some excellent variations of some exercises that we use a lot.

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

Make sure you check out the StrengthCoach Podcast Anthony interviewed Gray Cook  about his New Book in Episode 60 and interviews Charlie Weingroff in Episode 61.

Also, make sure to check out Strength and Conditioning Webinars Anthony has Sue Falsones T-Spine webinar up.

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The Ultimate in Texting Laziness

Posted in Random Thoughts on August 18, 2010 by mboyle1959

This is as random as random thoughts go. OK, I admit it. I text. Not texting in this day and age is like having a rotary phone. I do try not say that I “texted” someone. I don’t think that is a word.  Also I can’t text with my thumbs. I think that is age related. I also don’t text abbreviate. I don’t write cul8tr.

Recently I have realized the ultimate in texting laziness. It is the letter K. I text someone and they text back K. Are you kidding me? We had to shorten a two letter word down to one letter? Is it so hard to add the O? Please do me a favor. Text me the O. I would really appreciate the extra effort.

More Real Life Intervals

Posted in Fat Loss, MBSC News, Random Thoughts, Training with tags on August 16, 2010 by mboyle1959

I like to keep posting these AirDyne interval workouts. Today I did my interval work with two of my former players, Mike Grier, from the Buffalo Sabres and Dan Spang one of our former BU defensemen. We did:

3x 1 mi   2:28/ 2:28/ 2:27 with 1:30 rest

1x.5 1:12

This was done on the new small fan AirDynes. I didn’t have a heartrate monitor available but I am pretty good at “doing it by feel”. I would clearly not recommend this method but all the intervals were under a 1-1 rest to work ratio. I did one mile every 4 minutes so the workout took about 13:30.

My hockey group ran 3x 300 shuttle and 1 x150 shuttle at 25 yds. Even if this is not the best way to lose fat there is no doubt in my mind it is the best way to get in shape for sports.  These were done basically in one minute on, 2 minutes off so their conditioning workout took about 10 minutes.

Perform Better Long Beach- Guest Review

Posted in Guest Authors, Injuries, Low Back Pain, Random Thoughts, Seminars with tags , , on August 13, 2010 by mboyle1959

Just wanted to share a guest blog from my friend Laree Draper. I should have taken out all the nice stuff about me but I decided to leave it as is. Laree, if you don’t know, edited my new book Advances in Functional Training, Dan John’s Never Let Go and Gray’s new book Movement.

Perform Better, Long Beach, 2010

We’ve all heard what an outstanding job Perform Better does with their conferences—and you can add my voice to the cheers of others. It was wonderful to spend the time tagging along with Dan, seeing old friends, meeting some new, learning and laughing. I even got to introduce him to a couple of people.

“Hi, folks, this is my friend, Dan John, you may have heard of him.”

My first opportunity to pull this off was when we bumped into Chris Poirier, the head of Perform Better, the guy behind all the goodness about to unfold. Attendees and speakers alike tell what an enjoyable guy he is, and what a good job he and his staff do creating these weekends, but what I hadn’t heard was how easy he makes it look. Big events are not easy, and it’s monumental for him to always take time to stop and talk, and be paying attention to the conversation in the midst of what must be chaos in his head. He made us welcome, even that first night when he’d probably been going 12 or 14 hours on no rest and perhaps no food.

A few minutes later, I got to run through the Coach John introduction again when John Brookfield and Ingrid Marcum walked through the glass Hyatt entryway. I hadn’t seen Ingrid since she visited us in 2002 on her way home from two weeks training with Olympic coach Jim Schmitz, and it’s been a few years since we last saw John during which he did one of his many feats of strength before a rocking Arnold Classic crowd. Over dinner, John told us of his plans to stun the Perform Better group by rolling a 20-foot bar into a ball small enough to stow in a box the size of a briefcase, which he did the next night under the WWF-quality announcing of his spur-of-the-moment MC, Martin Rooney.

The following morning, we’d planned a book marketing brain-storming breakfast to start the day, Dan and me, Michael Boyle and Gray Cook. Between the four of us, three had flight delays; our plans waivered from moment to moment through the night. As it turned out, Michael gave his lectures on only a few hours sleep, and Gray arrived an entire day late after driving to a different airport to find another flight. Apparently these guys get routed around a lot on the way to speaking events, but they take it in stride and we never hear about the escapades.

Let’s stall over breakfast for a sec, because I want you to picture this as I saw it, sitting there watching Michael Boyle and Dan John meet. These guys, who’ve appreciated each other’s work perhaps for decades, were instantly friends, joking, with an instant bond of mission clarity. And here I sat, watching it all. I just love this stuff—enjoying the personalities more than the lecture education.

The Perform Better events are a conflict of decisions: By choosing one presenter, you’re deciding to take a pass on three others. There are a total of 13 decisions to be made, and not a single one easy. Session number one, I stood in the middle of the hallway trying to decide between people I knew and people I wanted to know. The truth is, I stood there conflicted until Dan walked up, saw my dilemma and offered an easy choice, “Just come with me.”

So, we started the day in Josh Henkin’s lecture room, where Dan practically pulled me to the front row (heels dragging but no match for the beefy Coach John), a pattern that was to continue throughout the weekend. Amid my own misery of being in the front, there was time to feel a little bad for Josh, Dan sitting there, pen in hand, eager as a puppy. But Josh took it in stride, and the audience was never the wiser that one of his heroes was watching his every move.

Now this front row bit was interesting. Dan was so eager for information that we moved from the second row to the first when the spots opened up. Bit quirky, but endearing. And it definitely says something when a 31-year veteran teacher races to the front row.

Compare that with my norm: When I travel with Dave, we arrive late, slip in the back door and stay there… in the back… near the door. The truth is, that suits me just fine, but since I’m trying to step out just a little more, you’d have to say Dan was a good influence.

The next session was Michael’s lecture, and honestly, when you combine our friendship with his engaging speaking skills, I really didn’t mind sitting in the front.

Now this was interesting: Because I’d worked on Michael’s book, Advances in Functional Training, and since we’d discussed much of the content, his material wasn’t new to me. That left time to observe and enjoy him as a person and as a speaker, and  guess what? He’s terrific at both. I watched him and reflected on how lucky I am to be able to work with him, and then realized all that reflection was while seated next to Dan John, waiting for Gray Cook to show up. Amazing combination of talent!

But Gray was still en route, and Michael decided over breakfast that he’d sell out Gray’s book before he got there, a little challenge between the two friends that only the one knew about. I have a feeling Michael doesn’t lose many self-challenges, and  this one was no different. The debut of Gray’s new book, Movement, was over before noon, five hours before Gray arrived. Sort of sad at the time, this will be a Boyle vs Cook story they’ll poke at for years to come.

Later that evening, the keynote speaker, our old friend Thom Plummer, surprised Dan by including him as a part of his “Lessons of Success” lecture. There we were, sitting, as you know, in the front row, and onto the overhead flashes an image of Dan, hauling a rock off the cover of Never Let Go.

This was just after Thom talked about Dave’s contribution to our field, complete with enough stirring personal thoughts about Thom and Dave’s friendship and Dave’s character to have me fairly choked up. And those were followed by Thom’s discussion of both Michael and Gray, two other pillars of fitness education. I love being a fly on the wall, standing aside, while knowing I helped these guys make a contribution. It’s an extraordinary feeling, and Thom gave it to me in spades that night.

From there, another highlight: Meeting Gray. The Perform Better events include a free-beer social, and because of the flight cancelation this was Gray’s first appearance at the event. Gray and I have logged probably dozens of hours of phone time, but hadn’t met. I knew what he looked like, and that left him at the disadvantage of knowing only my voice. I got a kick out of standing nearby, making a couple of comments while knowing he had no clue who I was.

That reminds me of another intriguing contrast. Working on Dan’s book involved passing notes back and forth in a private section on our IronOnline forum. With Gray’s, we used email when it was necessary to exchange text, but did the bulk of the work by phone. Michael’s book was done entirely by email. Check this: We’d never even spoken before Friday.

The next morning, Gray, his wife Danielle, and his two daughters, Jessica and Kayla, invited me to breakfast. After breakfast, the womenfolk hiked over to the battling ropes workshop, definitely groggy and possibly intimidated knowing Ingrid had a plan for them, while Gray and I made up for the work we missed the day before.

After that, Gray’s lecture on dynamic stability training. Gray has so much insight into human movement that it just slips out between his thoughts, in writing and in conversation. So picture this: Throughout the weekend, Dan was taking notes in everyone’s lectures, big note-taker, that guy. Every few minutes I’d hear a “hmmm” or an “oh, that’s good,” as he wrote out a thought, followed by the sound of paper rustling to make way for another page.

At the opening of Gray’s first talk, Dan made a single note, then no more.

Now you know it wasn’t because there was nothing to write down. No, it was because there was so much to write down, he’d have never caught up. When you’re listening to Gray lecture, you want to stop and think about a concept, sort it out in your head, but there’s no time— you know you’re going to miss five more intense thoughts while you’re off pondering. I’d be willing to bet there were few notes taking anywhere in that standing-room-only crowd.

Gray had four contributors to his new book, Movement, one of whom is Greg Rose, a chiropractic doc who co-founded the Titleist Performance Institute. Home for the first time since mid-May, Greg is a sought-after speaker on golf mechanics, and he was next on my lecture schedule. His topic was based on the golf swing, but more than that it was a discussion of the joint-by-joint approach to movement, specifically as it relates to rotational sports. Because Dan’s a thrower—primarily a rotational athlete—I was disappointed to find Dan’s unattended notepad there next to me in the front row, Dan having been waylaid in the hall on his way back from the water fountain.

The upside there was that I got to sneak over to the sideline to sprawl on the floor, unnoticed.

Getting the spine flat for a bit was a welcome relief, because our next stop was Gray’s hands-on lecture. It’s no stretch to say there wasn’t a person in the room thinking there’s never enough time to listen to Gray and to test his techniques. Subtle tips, a fraction of an angle or a turn of the head, these all make up a fascinating difference you can feel. The trainers, coaches and medical pros all left that room with at least a couple techniques to use this week, and a few others to experiment with as they learn the nuances.

The event vendors lined the edge of the presentation room, and as Gray finished, Dan and I hurried over to visit with Anthony Carey, the creator of that fabulous CoreTex I fell off during last year’s IDEA expo. This year, no fall, nor even a close call; even Anthony, whose swift move last year stopped me from knocking over a nearby apparel display, would have to say I’d made a bit of stability progress. I’m going to have to spring for one of these things—it’s truly a blast, fun and effective at the same time.

By this time, we’re coming to the end of our trip, but not before we get a half-hour of personal attention from Gray. In the dim light of a secluded hallway, Dan and I took turns rolling around the crummy convention hall carpet as Gray pushed and pulled on bodyparts to offer a few corrective suggestions. Beyond doubt, I’d have gone to Long Beach for those few minutes, just that alone.

Sadly, Summit attendees miss as many great speakers as they see, in fact, more than two times as many! I missed a couple of good friends talk, and missed a few stellar educators. Lee Burton, another of Gray’s co-authors, arrived at LAX the same hour as we flew home, and I missed Sue Falsone talk about the thoracic spine, surely the biggest problem area in this 54-year-old body. But, hey, this is why Perform Better schedules three such weekends each year in addition to their one-day events.

Next stop:  the San Jose airport, where in a bit of a tsunami I tried to tell Dave this story over a span of about five minutes.

Amazing from start to finish, the three Es— educating, entertaining, and finally… exhausting.

PS- Dan did sit in the front row of my talk. I must admit it is a bit intimidating. Dan John in the front, Stuart McGill in the back.

Last Week on

Posted in Uncategorized on August 11, 2010 by mboyle1959

Well here it is already Tuesday and  I’m beginning to catch up from the  weekend. Im actually two days ahead because I’ve been getting these updates out on Thursday. I managed to get a lot of work caught up this week. Twelve hours on a plane gives you lots of time.

We posted four  articles for this week and a video. First up  was: Becoming a Great Strength Coach: Deliberately This was by Anthony Donskov of Donskov Strength and Conditioning and take s a look at the concept of deliberate practice as it applies to coaching. It’s a great read.

Next up was:A Training Session at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning from Bruce Kelly. I already mentioned this one last week but if you missed it take a look.

Last up was:: Handicapping Perform Better Long Beach If you missed this one it is too late the seminar is over. This might have been the best Summit yet based on the reviews.

Last up was part 4 of :    Expanding on the Joint-by-Joint Approach, Part 3 Thi sis part three of Gray Cook’s analysis of the Joint by Joint approach and is excerpted from his latest book Movement.

Video of the week: Video of the Week – Female Half Bodyweight Turkish Get-Up . This shows one of members and contributors, Neghar Fooni, doing a Get-up with over 1/2 half her bodyweight as the title indicates. Make sure you take a look.

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

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

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Two More Great Reviews of Advances in Functional Training

Posted in Guest Authors, Media, Random Thoughts, Training on August 10, 2010 by mboyle1959

If you think I am trying to get you to buy my book, guess what, you are right. This weekend at Perform Better Long beach I sold all of Gary Cook’s books before he even got in. Now it’s my turn. It’s not really about the money. I just want more people to read the book. I received two great reviews recently, one from Nick Tuminello of Performance U and one from Anthony Donskov of Donskov Strength and Conditioning. Both are frequent contributors and excellent coaches.

Nick said

“Any product Coach Michael Boyle produces, I immediately purchase. Why – because I know it’s going to provide nothing but the latest and greatest strength & conditioning techniques and concepts. Coach Boyles new book, Advances in Functional Training is no exception! If you’re looking for the safest most effective methods of using:

–       Self Joint Mobilization to increase joint mobility

–       Self Myofascial release to improve soft tissue quality

–       Muscle activation to build a better mind-to-muscle connection

–       Dynamic Warm Up to better prepare your body for optimal performance

–       Power training to increase explosiveness

–       Speed training to develop faster acceleration

–       Strength training to build superior strength and muscle

–       Rotary training to improve rotational force devolvement

–       Core training to improve torso stability while sparing the spine

–       Pre-habilitation training to prevent injury

–       Static stretching to enhance flexibility

–       Cardio/Conditioning to improve work capacity and outlast the competition

then this book, Advances in Functional Training gives you the mother load! Coach Boyle has literally written the book on Strength & Conditioning. He’s done all the research and trial and error so you don’t have to. All you have to do is plug and play!

The book, provides a multitude of:

–       Sample in-season training programs

–       Sample off-season training programs

–       Sample pre-season training programs

–       Sample fitness programs

Each of these programs is the exact, battle-tested workouts Coach Boyle use to improve the health and performance of his athletes. The value of this book by far out weights the cost. Get your copy of Advances in Functional Training before your competition does!”

Anthony goes on to say:

“Quality is never an accident: it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives. “  Advances in Functional Training is Coach Michael Boyle’s most recent book and a “must have “ resource for today’s strength and conditioning professional.  I have had the opportunity to read Coach Boyle’s book(s), view his entire DVD collection and attend his mentorship program in Boston.  I can say with 100 percent conviction that the quality of information and practical application gained from this material is unmatched anywhere in the fitness industry.  It is the wise choice of many alternatives.  Coach Boyle is not afraid of change; in fact he embraces it, blazing the path for young coaches to follow in his footsteps.  He is a pioneer in the field, always looking for better, safer, more effective training methods for his clients and athletes.  Advances in Functional Training is a culmination of these beliefs tapping into the mind of Coach Boyle’s methods, progressions and exercise prescription.  Through deliberate practice, twenty-five plus years of experience, and a resume of “who’s who” in the athletic world, Coach Boyle is the BEST resource for any young coach looking to become great.

I strongly recommend reading his entire collection of materials, starting with his first book Functional Training for Sports.  This will give the reader an opportunity to see the evolution of Coach Boyle’s methods, but more importantly will give the young coach confidence in realizing that the learning process is ever evolving.  What better way to learn than from a Coach who’s traveled a life long runway seeking perfection in his craft?  The investment far outweighs the cost.

I want to thank both of these guys for taking the time to write. If you are interested you can go to and pick up a copy.

ADHD Linked to Kids Diet

Posted in Guest Authors, Media, Nutrition, Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 by mboyle1959

If you have kids or coach kids, read this