Archive for August, 2010

A Great Day in Long Beach

Posted in Low Back Pain, Random Thoughts, Seminars, Training with tags , , , , on August 7, 2010 by mboyle1959

All I can say is boy am I lucky. Talk about living the dream. My day started out at breakfast with Dan John and Laree Draper . I had never met Dan in person and have to say he is just as great as his writing. By the way, if you haven’t read Never Let Go, do yourself a favor and buy a copy. The highest compliment I can give someone is to say they “get it”. Dan really gets it.

After breakfast I watched a little bit of Steve Cotter’s Kettlebell Presentation and picked up some great tips. Steve is a humble guy and great presenter. After that I got to give two talks to about 600 really nice folks at the Perform Better Summit.

In between I had lunch with Dan, Chris Frankel from TRX, Jon from EA Sports and Suzy Powell American Record holder in the discus . That was another real treat.

Next up was a lecture by Stuart McGill, the clear star of the show at the Summit. There were easily over 400 people in Stuart’s lecture and as always he didn’t disappoint. The cool thing about Stuart is that he comes to the Summit, listens more than he talks and heads back to the lab to try to figure out how we do what we do. He might be the only guy in the world doing this. I think in many ways Stuart has done more to change the way I do things than anyone but Gray Cook. Speaking of Gray, I managed to sell all his books before he even got there. I scared everyone in my lecture by telling them that there would be no chance to get Gray’s book once he did his lecture. While you are ordering, get that one too.

Next was the social where I got to talk to a bunch of attendees from all over the world , as well as my buddies like Alwyn, Dewey, Daniel and Dos. All this while drinking free beer. We finished with dinner at ten at the Yard House with my Perform Better friends and my good friend David Baxter.

As I write I am using the in-flight Wi-Fi on my way back to see Cindy and the kids. What a great country we live in.

Last Week on

Posted in Core training, Injuries, Media, Random Thoughts, Updates, Training on August 5, 2010 by mboyle1959

Well, it’s 12 PM on Thursday night and I am flying to LA for the Long Beach Summit. Thanks to some thunderstorms I will be about two hours late. Thanks to in flight Wi-Fi I am catching up on email. That means my first beer in LA will be about 2:30 EST.  We posted three  articles last week and a video.

First up last week was:  Off-season Conditioning: Off the beaten path from Jim Reeves. This article has some great video f Jim’s athletes doing some metabolic circuits.

Next up was:Expanding on the Joint-by-Joint Approach, Part 2 of 3 this is an excerpt from Gray’s new book Movement

Video of the week was another from Ben Bruno. I really like this exercise . It will be our first progression for loading the RFESS ( PS- it’s a Dan John exercise, very excited to meet Dan for breakfast tomorrow  with Laree Draper):Video of the Week #2 – Goblet-style RFESS

So f 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 in Episode 60

Also, make sure to check out Strength and Conditioning Webinars

Anthony added webinars from Gray about the new book as well as a great on on T-Spine from Sue Falsone.

As always, let us know what else we can do to make the site better.

New at

Posted in Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 by mboyle1959 member and author Bruce Kelly made a visit to MBSC and wrote and article about his experiences.

Bruce’s daughter Kerry is interning this summer and Bruce and his wife took the opportunity to jump into a session. Take a minute and share the experience. Updates

Posted in Random Thoughts, Updates on August 3, 2010 by mboyle1959

Just a quick FYI. I will no longer be sending out our weekly The Past Week on emails. I think that between this blog, Facebook and Twitter we should be able to keep everyone updated. Do me a favor, send me a friend request on Facebook and/ or follow me on Twitter. That way we can keep you up to date with links to this blog.

I will post The Past Week on here and post links on both Facebook and Twitter. In any case, thanks for reading, friending ( boy do I hate that new word) and following. I know we will keep sending you the best information in the performance enhancement world.

Handicapping Perform Better-Long Beach

Posted in Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 by mboyle1959

Long Beach starts Friday, can you believe it? Last seminar of the year. Last trip of the year for me. I’ll apologize in advance. I’m in Thursday PM and out Sat AM. Quick trip. This will be the largest Long Beach Summit ever with close to 600 attendees expected. You still have time to register

As I said in the first two installments I hope I don’t hurt anyone’s feelings with my recommendations. Just FYI, except in highly unusual situations, I will recommend a lecture over a practical. That’s just my opinion. I think you generally get a lot more from the lectures.


Things kick off at 9:15 on Friday and as usual it’s a tough call right from the beginning. I loved Martin Rooney’s talk at the One Day in New Jersey. It was far and away the best he has ever done. This is a tough choice.  Mark Vestegen is always great. I need to learn more kettlebells so I might go to see Steve Cotter.

At 10:45 you again have some tough choices.  If you saw me at a one day I might go see one of my favorites, Alwyn Cosgrove.

After lunch you again have great choices. My recommendation is Stuart McGill at 1. I feel bad for everyone else. Get there early my prediction is SRO for Stuart.

At 2:30, you guessed it, more tough difficult choices. Once again if you didn’t go to a one day seminar come to my hands on. This will be a real hands-on with lots of instruction on stretching and mobility. Already saw me, take in Mark Verstegen’s lecture.

At 4 the choice is really based on what you do. If nutrition is your thing check out Robert Yang. It will be a tough choice for me between Stuart’s hands-on and Robert’s lecture. To be honest, I’ll check Robert’s notes in the packet during the day and make my decision.

From 5:30-6:30 prepare your thirst by getting a dose of Thomas Plummer. Thom always hits you with no nonsense honesty. Don’t shower because it is FREE BEER at 6:30.


Saturday kicks off at 8. Hungover or not, get up and get at it. As always four great talks and lots of decisions. Todd Wright is always funny. Stuart is the undisputed star of the show. Looking for ropes ideas, check out John Brookfield.

At 9:30 take your pick between Gray Cook and Chris Frankel. I’m saying lecture all the way. Chris was great at the one day in New Jersey.

At 11 the fun continues. For golfers and those who train them Greg Rose lectures at 11. Two hands-ons I would like to see at this time also. Todd Wright and Jason Brown will both be great. Again, too many choices.

After lunch you can hear Stuart McGill lecture again. I know I sound like a McGill groupie. That might be because I am.  Gray’s hands-on is like a lecture and is always a great choice.

At 2:45 the lectures conclude with a business talk from Todd Durkin and a talk on energy systems from Bill Hartman. Were I not on a plane I would be listening to Bill. I think this choice depends on your job title.

4:15-5 is the best part for the presenters. Q+A. Now is your chance to ask Gray Cook anything you want. Everyone is on stage ,except me, and prepared to answer questions. The attendees love this part, the presenters hate it. Please don’t start any questions with “I have a client …”.


Sunday is three sessions and out. You have a group of can’t miss presenters so stay until the end.

At 8 is one of the toughest decision of the weekend. Two good lectures and two good hands-ons.. All four will be good. As grumpy as Vern is I always like to listen so I would go with Vern.

At 9:30 you have the exact same problem. Sue Falsone’s lecture got rave reviews from my staff. It was so good I’m having her come to Boston to do it again. I’d also like to here Aaron Brooks. He did a great  in-service for us at MBSC

The last talks are at 11. Again I like them all but I’d go see Vern. He is one of the true pioneers. Just be warned he may take cheap shots at other presenters but, he is still an original thinker.

See you in Long Beach.