Archive for September, 2010
Last fall I released my most current coaching/training resource, Functional Strength Coach 3.0. The launch of Functional Strength Coach 3.0 made some waves throughout the Strength & Conditioning industry and it still does. In fact I’m still getting hate mail for the “no more squats” clip.
The DVD’s contain all of my latest ideas about coaching. For the first time, we’re lowering the price of Functional Strength Coach 3.0 by $50.
But here’s the catch:
This offer is only available until midnight on Friday, October 1. If you want a better understanding of how I get results with my athletes and clients, click on the link below and order your copy right now.
Here is the latest from HockeyStrengthandConditioning.com
With the start of hockey season upon us, we have added a ton of
great new content at
HockeyStrengthandConditioning.com, including 2 audio
interviews with NHL Strength Coaches Mike Potenza (Sharks) and
Sean Skahan (Ducks).
Mike and Sean go over what is happening at camp right now for
their respective teams. We will continue to check in with them
and other NHL and college strength coaches all season.
Also added recently:
Article- “Goaltender Specific Movement Training- The Drop Step”
Article- “MMA for Hockey Players?”
Article- “Treatment and Prevention of Sports Hernia”
Ron J. Higuera
Article- “Friesen Physio-Fitness Summit Recap”
Program- “Late Off-Season (early August) Workout”
Program- “Lower Back Re-Conditioning Phase 2”
Video- “Multi-planar Hip Mobility and Activation Exercises”
Also, thanks to everyone for some great content on the forum, we
have some really good discussions.
Check it out at HockeyStrengthandConditioning.com
Michael Boyle, Sean Skahan , Mike Potenza and Kevin Neeld
I just came back from one of the most enjoyable seminar experiences of my career. Iceland is one of the worlds most naturally beautiful places I have ever seen and the people are as nice as scenery. I was lucky enough to be able to present with Dave Jack and Chris Mohr and at the same time enjoy an amazing vacation. I just posted a bunch of pictures to Facebook from the Blue Lagoon, a place you need to experience to believe, and from a trip our hosts set up around Iceland via private plane.
Special thanks to Gunnhildur, Helgi and Brynar for treating us more like family members than like speakers.
If you want to see more pictures I just posted them to Facebook. If we aren’t “friends” yet send a request with the note. “Iceland pictures”.
Think the NSCA has turned into a Banana Republic? It now appears that someone’s job at the NSCA is to remove all mention of Mike Boyle from NSCA publications. Kind of reminds me of Stalin. I know you are probably trying to figure out what I’m talking about. Check out this quote
“Going forward, if you’d like to run the plyobox ad again, it will be necessary to remove Mike Boyle’s quote.”
This was from an official email sent by the NSCA to Perform Better’s advertising agency. Perform Better is now being told that their ad content is being rejected if it mentions me or has quotes from me. In other words the NSCA is now turning down revenue to win the war of words against Michael Boyle. Someone needs to tell them that I don’t get paid for those ads. I wonder what they will do if someone uses me as a referenece in a journal article. Will my lack of science cause them to reject the article?
I’m so far behind it’s not even funny. The good thing is that even though I haven’t blogged about StrengthCoach.com for almost two weeks we do have lots of stuff up and the site is really busy.
First up for September 6th through 9th was: Interval Training Questions
http://www.strengthcoach.com/members/2187.cfm This article actually came out of some questions a reader sent. My philosophy is that rather than write an answer for one person I can write what that lots of people can read.
http://www.strengthcoach.com/members/2188.cfm . This is another piece from Ben Bruno that describes his experience as relative newcomer to the field at a TPI conference.
Last one for the week of September 6th through 9th was: The Dirty Thirty
http://www.strengthcoach.com/members/2190.cfm . This actually came out of Duane Carlisle’s Total Football Training nutrition section and was written by James Harris. It’s just a great simple list of stuff to avoid that is great for high school and college kids as well as adult clients
The next week we started with Around the ball. Dutch soccer conditioning! This was an article that really started a great forum thread. Soccer really brings out the international flavor of the site.
Also up last week was: Directional Load Vectors: A New Paradigm for Describing Movement
http://www.strengthcoach.com/members/2195.cfm . This is the latest from Brett Contreras. Brett is really doing a great job of making people think and perhaps re-think some concepts. I would put this one in the “must read” category.
The last article up was: MMA for Football? I wrote this one at the request of some NFL coaches. There is a big trend in the NFl towards using MMA training in the off-season. Give this a read and see if you think it is a good idea. I also posted this one a s separate blog post and sent it out to some friends to use as a guest blog.
Make sure you download the latest issue of the StrengthCoach Podcast. If you are not downloading and listening to these you are missing out on the best free resource in the field. :Cressey, Boyle and Cosgrove- Episode 64- Strength Coach Podcast
Videos of the Weeks for the past two weeks are: Video of the Week – Partner Negative Glute Ham
http://www.strengthcoach.com/members/2189.cfm . This was another idea from the forum. I really like being able to post videos in response to questions.
The second video was: Video of the Week: Shoulder Saver – Handcuffs
http://www.strengthcoach.com/members/2194.cfm . This was another contribution from Anthony Donskov.
Make sure you take some time to get on the site, read, listen, watch and download.
“MMA training for an NFL athlete does not only NOT make sense, but would simply be counterproductive. The demands of the two sports clearly could not be any more different from each other. It makes as much sense as choosing to going to chemo therapy because you are sick of shaving your head (Michael Jackson’s doctor said that line, I believe). Taking a multi-million dollar athlete and having him train in such a nonsensical way is foolish and irresponsible… and please realize I am an MMA coach.” Dewey Neilsen, Nationally Recognized MMA Strength and Conditioning Coach
A couple of NFL strength and conditioning coaches have written to ask about NFL athletes using MMA training techniques to train in the off-season. I guess my reputation as a person with an opinion is following me. I can start the controversy right off. In my mind it is foolish and short-sighted for an NFL player to train like a mixed martial arts fighter. I watched a recently released NFL quarterback on Youtube engage in a sparring session with an MMA trainer. Trust me, I don’t want to get beat up by an MMA trainer, but I don’t think this is a good idea. The only guys on the field who really can’t operate without their hands are quarterbacks and receivers. If I’m paying a guy a few million dollars, I would really prefer he doesn’t punch anything. I was really surprised that one NFL GM actually endorsed the idea. Seems crazy to me.
To further draw on the controversy, let’s ask ourselves, what is MMA training? The majority of what we see on the web as MMA training seems to be muscle endurance stuff that doesn’t appear to be good for anyone except combat athletes, and certainly does not seem appropriate for an NFL player. I’ve seen guys training with snorkels in their mouths for oxygen deprivation; I’ve watched a guy literally throw rusty barbells in a field. So I will qualify myself and say that if we view MMA training primarily as sparring with mitts or kicking, I still can’t see how it has a place in training for a football guy.
Let’s look at the basics. A football play lasts approximately five seconds. An MMA round lasts five minutes. Right away, do you see a problem? The rationalization I listened to in the Youtube interviews revolved around the mental toughness developed in pushing through fatigue. I do not doubt this type of training is difficult, however what they are describing never happens in football. Plays last five seconds and the rest lasts about 30 seconds. This in no way resembles anything in the martial arts.
Moving on from the obvious energy system issue, an MMA fighter wears almost zero equipment and is able to punch and kick his opponent. An NFL player wears pads on most exposed bodyparts, and it is basically illegal to punch and or kick an opponent. Running is a huge part of football; in MMA, running will not win many matches and too much running will damage an athlete’s reputation as a willing opponent.
To add even more complexity, the best MMA strength and conditioning coaches probably train their fighters more like NFL players than the opposite. Jon Chaimberg’s and Dewey Neilsen’s MMA programs are not typical MMA programs. Instead, they are scientific programs based on the current science of performance enhancement. If an NFL guy told me he was going to train with Jon or Dewey, I would endorse it wholeheartedly. However, what they would do is train like a football player. The best MMA strength coaches realize their athletes get plenty of work with their MMA coaches. Much like NFL strength and conditioning coaches, the good MMA strength and conditioning coaches spend lots of time on basic strength training and power work.
The truth is, training like an MMA fighter is cool and trendy and might get a player featured on ESPN. What it might not be is intelligent or effective for conditioning for football. Football players and MMA is a lot like athletes and actors. MMA training means ringside seats at fights, pretty girls, nights out in Vegas. Sorry, it still doesn’t makes sense for highly paid athletes who participate in a physically violent sport six months out of the year.
If I’m an NFL strength coach, I’m not happy if my guys are missing workouts for sparring sessions. I’m less happy if they are using this type of training instead of the football specific routines I have taken years to develop. If you are an NFL executive, you are undermining the credibility of your strength and conditioning staff, and pretty soon your off-season program will be an MMA free-for-all you’ll need to rein in. I know I’ll get some negative feedback on this, but I owe it to my NFL colleagues to state an opinion that they can’t.
Look at it this way: How would position coaches feel if a player said he wanted to skip practice to go to MMA? The position coach’s feeling is, “This is my time with you—we need this time to get better.” The strength coach feels the same way. The off season is his time to do his best work. If a player is off sparing in an MMA gym, that is time away from the important things that really need to be done.