Archive for October, 2010

Last Week on

Posted in Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 by mboyle1959

Hope everyone is having a great week! Boston University Hockey is off to a pretty good start, so things are in full swing. As we do pretty much every week,  we’ve posted three articles and one video. If you aren’t a member, the trial is only $1. Almost nothing to lose.

First up last week was D is for Defense . This is a great piece from Max Prokopy on the values of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is rapidly being recognized as an essential supplement. Max helps us to learn a little bit more about it.

Next up was: : Response to Forum Question from Tom Sullivan. Sully talked very candidly about the process of building a year round strength and conditioning business in response to a question on the forum. I’m proud that Tom was able to share some real world insight in this one.

Last Up Was: Need to Have Vs. Nice to Have . This is one I wrote that looks at what I see as essentials in the facility design process. We got a nice forum thread out of this as readers added their thoughts.

Video of the week:  Video of the Week: Anti-Rotation/Anti-Extension Core Exercise This was another TRX video. I’m not sure I love this exercise but, give it a try.

Anthony also posted Episode 66- Dr. Mark Cheng on Movement, Martial Arts, the FMS and the RKC  . As I think I say every week, if you are not downloading and listening to these you are missing out on what might be the best free resource in our field.

Have a great weekend.



Advances in Functional Training- Review 4

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 by mboyle1959

I’ve published a number of reviews of Advances In Functional Training. As I’ve said before, “yes I am trying to get you to buy my new book”. It’s not about money, but this book will really help your program or your business. Don’t believe me? Listen to what Andrew Vontz of DrillIt TV has to say:

If you only have the budget to purchase one training book, buy this one.

Why? Because if you want to understand how the human body works and how it should ideally be prepared for sport, competition, and life, Boyle is your man. If you just want to Jazzercise and be told what to do, AIFT lays out a few solid training schemes that you could try. But hopefully you’d like to know why you’re doing what you do in training and why it’s functional for your specified application. Otherwise you’re ‘getting fit’ (or just tired) but you’re like a samurai standing on an open prairier waving his sword around–unlikely to hit a specific target.

In AIFT, an update of Boyle’s previous book, Functional Training for Sports, Boyle shares the state of the art in functional training from physiology/theory to movement preparation to dynamic warmup to actual training to overall program design and longitudinal implementation along with Boyle’s insights into how he arrived at the best practices he specifies.

Michael Boyle knows his s_ _ _. He knows it inside out. He puts his ideas into practice every day working with a broad range of athletes from children to elites including the US Women’s Olympic teams in soccer and ice hockey, athletes prep’ing for the NFL combine, pros in other sports, and the Boston University Terriers hockey team. Boyle has been at it since the early ’80s, has learned what works and doesn’t through experience and has gradually sifted out everything extraneous and boiled it down into what you find in AIFT.

This is no small feat given that there are innumerable hot shit, superstar trainers, even those who work with pro athletes, whose methods are questionable at best and who seem to have a greater yearning for name brand recognition (their own names) and being ‘famous’ (anyone watch Thintervention?) than they do for providing solid, sustainable training and programming. For years while the rest of the world fixated on stability balls and celebretarded get-fit-quick-shredded-abs-while-balancing-on-a-bosu-ball-on-one-foot-while-doing-the-bar-method-and-the-master-cleanse-at-the-same-time, Coach Boyle has been focused on functional movement and what works.

Boyle regularly drops knowledge in the form of essays, his website,, on the podcast, and at his Perform Better summit series. I haven’t attended a Perform Better seminar, but I consume the rest of the above, voraciously. As frequently as Boyle publishes or produces something, I try to consume it, understand it, and where applicable, implement it. Given that Boyle is a clear, no bullshit, to the point communicator who doesn’t mince his words and rarely bites his tongue when there’s truth to be spoken no matter who it will piss off (the NSCA, Crossfit HQ, whoever), it’s easy to grasp the sometimes complex ideas behind his programming and training prescriptions. And his ideas work. I’ve implemented many of them in my own training and programming to great effect.

AIFT is broken down into ten major sections, as follows:
-Mobility and Flexibility
-The Core
-The Hips
-Cardiovascular Training
-Developing Athleticism
-Equipment Choices
-Exercise Choices The Basics and Single-Leg Training
-Program Design
-Sample Programs

Studying Boyle’s work helped steer me away from the back squat and towards front squats and to place a greater emphasis on deadlifting and unilateral movements. His work also helped me safely progress in all of these areas with correct technique and movement. I also found his insights and prescriptive recommendations for foam rolling and dynamic warmup protocols to be extremely useful and have incorporated some of these precepts into my own pre-training regimen.

Boyle goes deeper into biomechanics and physiology than most popular training books you’ll pick up on Amazon or at Border’s. AIFT serves as an excellent primer for understanding more about how your body works, why functional training makes sense, what functional training is, how to implement it in your programming and practice, and when to do what.

Michael Boyle, HQ gives you a high five and a thank you for publishing this book. In DRILLit’s opinion, if you want to understand your body and training, you must own this book.

Advances In Functional Training by Michael Boyle, $34.95,

On Target Publications, or


The Past Week on

Posted in Guest Authors, Updates, Training, Training Females on October 23, 2010 by mboyle1959

My usual apologies for the late updates but, better late than never. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

First up last week was Implementing the FMS in a Team Setting-Another Example This was another look by Bruce Kelly at a problem that has been discussed at great length on the forums.

Next up was  Should We Train at 30% of 1RM to Maximize Power Production?
 . This piece was actually a blog post that Brett Contreras wrote based on some forum dialogue. As usual Brett does a great job of analyzing the available info for us.

Also up was: : My Single Leg Experiment, Step by Step This is a great article from Ben Bruno. Ben is an MBSC intern and may the strongest person pound for pound I have ever seen. We featured a bunch of videos of Ben’s freakish strength in the past few months and this article has a few more. Ben is a great writer and has quickly become a great site contributor.

Last up was:: Iowa’s Chris Doyle Responds to Football Thread
 Chris Doyle was nice enough to give us a direct answer to a forum question about in-season training for football. I coached Chris in college at BU and am really proud of what a great coach he has become. Thanks to him for taking the time.

As always, lots of great stuff. Make sure you log on and read. You can’t be too busy to get better.


New DVD’s- Finally

Posted in Fat Loss, Hockey, Injuries, Low Back Pain, Seminars, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , , , on October 22, 2010 by mboyle1959

About six months ago I set out to film my three most popular lectures. It took a while to get everything done but hey are finally available for sale.

ACL Reduction was filmed at the MBSC Winter Seminar in 2010 and looks at ACL prevention from a training standpoint. This is about a 50 minute lecture that outlines a multi-step program of training to prevent ACL injury. I can tell you that it is better than any of the ACL prevention programs I have seen marketed commercially.″>ACL

Training the Overweight Client documents the steps I took to help a client lose over 100 lbs. in three months. This is a real common sense lecture that looks at the real problems with obese clients. Don’t expect any watered down “go for a walk” stuff or any Biggest Loser stupidity from this one. I actually gave this lecture in 2008 and 2009 on the Perform Better tour.″>Training

Hips and Hernias will appeal to the athletic training and physical therapy crowd. This lecture is the same one I gave to the NHL Strength and Conditioning Coaches in 2010 as well as at a few sports medicine seminars. Hips and hernias looks at the near epidemic of sports hernia and hip surgery in sport and how to prevent it.″>Hips

Take a look. I think you’ll like all three. If you are a Body By Boyle OnLine member, save your money. They will be up on the site soon as a value added feature.



High Fructose Corn Syrup Seeks to Become Corn Sugar?

Posted in Fat Loss, Nutrition, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Youth Training on October 20, 2010 by mboyle1959

I know I’m a few weeks behind on this but we should all congratulate ourselves. I guess all the bad press for high fructose corn syrup is beginning to pay off.  So much so that the Corn Refiners group is asking the government to let them change the name of high fructose corn syrup to corn sugar. They are saying that sugar is sugar. To me this is the same thing the government did with Adult and Juvenile onset diabetes. When our diets got so bad that we gave a supposedly adult disease to children, the government reacted by changing the name.

Now that high fructose corn syrup has been questioned and villified, what do they want to do? Hide behind a different name. Check out the press release courtesy of Stone Hearth Newsletters.

Press Release from the Corn Refiners Association
Washington, DC – In an effort to help clarify the labeling of food products for consumers, the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) today petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow manufacturers the option of using ‘corn sugar’ as an alternative name for high fructose corn syrup.



“Consumers need to know what is in their foods and where their foods come from and we want to be clear with them,” said CRA president Audrae Erickson. “The term ‘corn sugar’ succinctly and accurately describes what this natural ingredient is and where it comes from – corn.”

Contrary to widespread consumer belief, high fructose corn syrup – a safe and affordable natural sweetener found in many popular products on grocery shelves – is not high in fructose when compared with other commonly used nutritive sweeteners, including table sugar, honey and fruit juice concentrates. Like table sugar, it is roughly half glucose and half fructose and is metabolized by the body in the same way as regular table sugar. In fact, the high fructose corn syrup that is used in many foods, such as baked goods, is lower in fructose than table sugar.

But independent research demonstrates that the current labeling is confusing to American consumers.

For example, independent research indicated that despite the fact that high fructose corn syrup and table sugar contain approximately the same amount of fructose, nearly 58 percent of respondents believed high fructose corn syrup has more fructose than other table sugar.

Corn sugar – or high fructose corn syrup – has been used for more than 40 years to enhance flavors in foods and beverages and maintain freshness.

A continuing series of inexact scientific reports and inaccurate media accounts about high fructose corn syrup and matters of health and nutrition have also increased consumer uncertainty.

Yet, the facts are straightforward. For example, in a December 2008 report, the American Dietetic Association confirmed that high fructose corn syrup is “nutritionally equivalent to sucrose (table sugar)” and that the sweeteners contain the same number of calories per gram. The ADA found that “once absorbed into the bloodstream, the two sweeteners are indistinguishable.”

As Americans grapple with an “obesity epidemic,” well-renowned nutritionists question whether sweetener confusion could lead consumers to make misinformed decisions about sugars in their diets.

“The last thing we want is for Americans to think that avoiding high fructose corn syrup is the answer,” said Registered Dietitian Carolyn O’Neil. “All added sugars should be consumed in moderation – corn sugar, table sugar, honey and fruit juice concentrates. These sugars contain an equal number of calories that must be burned off– or the body will convert them to fat.”

“We hope that the FDA will act positively on our petition in the interest of consumer clarity,” said Erickson.


The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining (wet milling) industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1931. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, ethanol, starch, bioproducts, corn oil, and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein and fiber.

As usual the ADA and RD’s line right up with the corn lobby. I’ll bet they are a sponsor and have a nice display at the ADA Convention.

Oh Jillian, You’ve Done It Again

Posted in Fat Loss, Injuries, Low Back Pain, Media, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females with tags , on October 15, 2010 by mboyle1959

I have to admit, I’m not a big Jillian Michaels fan. We’ve never met but, her antics on The Biggest Loser really turn me off. I hate the show and have repeatedly said that it is the worst thing that has happened to the fitness industry in years. However, she is loaded and probably will kick my a_ _ if we ever meet. Poor Jillian, she has turned into a fitness punching bag this week after the release of her “Kettlebell” DVD. To say the reviews were poor would be a compliment. Take a minute and check out this LA Times article about Jillian and her DVD.

The funny part is that Jillian has said she will sue the columnist who wrote it? What for, speaking the truth. Let me know what you think after you read it.

The Past Week on

Posted in Core training, Injuries, Low Back Pain, Random Thoughts, Updates, Training on October 13, 2010 by mboyle1959

It’s Wednesday so I am almost up to date. We have posted three articles and a video last week.

First up was some info on our new Body by Boyle On-Line program. Take a minute to look this over. I really think this can improve your business and help you make more money

Next up was: :Improving Foot Speed and Agility . I sent this out to a bunch of friends to post on their blogs so you may have already seen it.

Last up was:  Conclusions Drawn From A Comparative Study of the Feet of Barefooted and Shoe-Wearing Peoples

This one falls in the “must read” category. The article was written in 1905 but echoes many of our recent ideas about barefoot training and shoes. Sometimes we are so smart it only 105 years to get it right.

Video of the week: Comes from Tim Vagen by way of Devan McConnell This is another look at thoracic mobility. I like the new three inch diameter twelve inch long foam rollers that Perform Better is selling better than the noodles as they are more dense but I love the idea of the smaller diameter roller.

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

Also make sure you check out the StrengthCoach Podcast Anthony interviewed  Tim Skwiat about Train for the Games Vertical Core Concept.

The Vertical Core with Tim Skwiat- Episode 65

Also, make sure to check out Strength and Conditioning Webinars. I just finished a webinar on Power Development for Golf this morning.


Power Development for Golf Webinar

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, Seminars, Training, Training Females, Youth Training on October 12, 2010 by mboyle1959

I’ll be doing a webinar on Power Development for Golf tomorrow for all you golf fitness folks. I think you’ll find my approach to power development interesting. The key is knowing the age and fitness level of the client. To watch go to:

Would You Eat FrankenFood?

Posted in Uncategorized on October 9, 2010 by mboyle1959

The following is a blog post from Dr. Chris Mohr

Would You Eat Genetically Modified Salmon?

Knowing where you food comes from is important.  We’ve talked about it before — shop at farmer’s markets and buy local when possible.  Of course  that’s not always possible, particularly as we start getting into the winter months or with certain foods like fish … unless you’re on a coast or living on an island somewhere.

In landlocked Kentucky, we don’t have the option to buy “local” when it comes to fish.

And while we suggest eating fish regularly — up to 12 oz per week like the American Heart Association suggests – an article I read recently got me a little scared.  Very scared, actually.

genetically modified salmon controversyIt was in the Washington Post and it was entitled “FDA rules won’t require labeling of genetically modified salmon.”

Something is fishy about all of this …

According to the article, there are apparently some loopholes among the regulations that may allow the FDA to not label the salmon so shoppers will not know if they’re picking up genetically modified salmon fillets for dinner.


The least we can ask for as consumers is to know where our food comes from and if it is genetically modified or not; then shoppers can make the decision if they want to buy it or not.

People in the biotechnology industry, however, suggest extra labeling just confuses consumers.

This is the first modified animal that is being considered — and here’s the deal with this “salmon” that is under question.  It’s called “AquAdvantage salmon” – it’s been given a gene from an eel like fish that’s combined with a growth hormone from Chinook salmon.

The Industry loves it — this “AquAdvantage salmon” grows twice as fast as its natural counterpart.

Voila.  Just like a magician pulls a rabbit out of a hat, we now can “create” a salmon essentially out of thin air that’s bigger than the real thing.

This is more than scary. Because if this actually does move forward and get approved, other animals are lined up behind it — beef, pork and other fish — all looking for federal approval.

Sounds like a bunch of Frankenfood to me.

I don’t want to eat food that’s been “created” in a lab somewhere, even if industry experts assure me it’s no different than the natural counterpart… I want to eat real food that nature provides us.

Mohr Results Bottom Line: Only buy wild salmon — it’s a better source of omega-3’s and has less pesticides anyhow.  That will assure your salmon isn’t genetically modified.  You don’t have to eat organic.  You don’t have to just eat local.  But eating REAL food should definitely be something you strive for in my opinion.



Body By Boyle Online

Posted in MBSC News, Media with tags , , on October 8, 2010 by mboyle1959

In the marketing world the idea of “done for you” is a great selling point. Three months ago we set out to put together a “done for you” program that would give a coach or personal trainer access to everything we do at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning. You might ask yourself “why would Mike do that?” Well. The answer is simple. I love teaching and helping people. I also know that Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning will never be a big national company. I’m just too old to go the whole franchise route. I’m also not afraid that you will steal all my ideas and put me out of business. I think our business is pretty well established. So, we ( myself, my partner Bob Hanson, and Kevin Larabee of Fitcast fame) came up with the idea of Body By Boyle OnLine. Body By Boyle OnLine is a service that gives you access to everything we do and, yes we mean everything. Kevin has used a system called XPS Trainer developed in Iceland to upload every program we currently have to Body By Boyle On-line. Kevin has shot hours of HD video to illustrate every exercise. In addition, he has interviews, staff meeting clips and tons of other stuff.

The best part? This is an ongoing system. This will not be something you pay thousands of dollars for a one time purchase. Instead, we are making this available for a monthly fee. This is the closest thing to a Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning franchise that you will ever see.

How will and BodybyBoyle Online differ?

StrengthCoach and Body by Boyle online are totally different. Strengthcoach is collection of writers and opinions. I deliberately present a somewhat broader view with lots of contributors. Body by Boyle Online is directly aimed at the trainer or business owner who wants info that will impact there business immediately.  The information is what was formerly proprietary info from Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning. Body By Boyle Online is like being a virtual franchisee. The two sites have very different aims. With Strengthcoach we take the approach that we want coaches to read, learn and think. With Body By Boyle Online, we are simply giving away access to information. We realize there are clients for both services. StrengthCoach is $10 a month, Body By Boyle OnLine is $59. The Body By Boyle Online service has three big targets.

1-    Facility owners and operators

2-    Self employed personal trainers or coaches

3-   Athletes looking for personal training quality programs without the personal training price

Do yourself a favor. Click the link and take a look