Archive for November, 2010

Two Weeks Worth of Updates

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 by mboyle1959

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  It’s been two weeks since I posted an update, sorry. In the past two weeks I’ve done a talk for USA Hockey in Chicago, three talks at ECA Miami, and drove back and forth to Lake Placid NY to watch my daughter play hockey. Now, I’m trying to get some stuff done before Thanksgiving.

So, in the past two weeks we have a new Episode of the StrengthCoach Podcast including and interview called Making Mobility Gains Stick- Ben Shear And Jeff Banaszak as well as a bunch of articles. Hope I don’t miss one.

First up was  Developing the Player another great article on soccer development by Kelvin Giles and Mick McDermott.

Also up was: :  More Support for Unilateral Training. This was one I wrote based on Facebook exchange with Citadel Strength Coach Donnel Boucher.

Another from two weeks ago was : Kettlebell Pre-Season Workout from Standford Asst Strength Coach  Devan McConnell This one has a video of a kettlebell complex that Devan uses with his Stanford athletes

We also had Spilling the Beans on Money and Time Management by Marco Sanchez Marco is another  one of our young strength coaches at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning and he gives a real world perspective on the struggles of a young coach.

How to Become a Strength and Conditioning Coach by Jim Keilbaso This might make the StrengthCoach Classic list. Jim put a lot of time into explaining the process from the viewpoint of someone who has been there. Make sure you read this one.

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


MBSC Winter Seminar Lecture Descriptions

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, MBSC News, Seminars, Training, Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 by mboyle1959

People having been asking for specifics about Dan John’s talks at the winter seminar so here they are.

Lecture 1- “The Quadrants: Finally, Clarity in the World of Strength”

What is the impact of the strength coach to sport? Shouldn’t it be obvious? Then, why doesn’t the team with the best gym numbers ALWAYS win? Should a 1,000 pound deadlifter jog, swim and bicycle? Play in a local basketball league? Should a 12 year old boy rest five minutes between his sets of 92% max on his squat?

Lecture 2- “The Role of Hypertrophy and Armor Building”

The Incredible Hulk, Sir Galahad and Bobby Fisher get into a contest. Who wins? How does armor help an athlete and when does it hurt?


If you have never seen Dan talk or read his books, you are in for a treat. I’m looking forward to my own seminar. By the way, my talk will be The Case for Single Leg Training. You will hear the how and the why behind all the junk you read on the internet.

Remember, Saturday February 5th. First 100 registered are $100. Call 781-938-1330.

Great Article on Sprinting

Posted in Uncategorized on November 11, 2010 by mboyle1959

This piece was a real eye opener for me. When someone on my site asked about an article that looked at the functional anatomy of sprinting I remember this one Relative Activity of Hip and Knee Extensors in Sprinting- Implications for Training . Take a few minutes and read this. Make sure you have a notebook!

Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning Winter Seminar 2011

Posted in Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 by mboyle1959
Just want to let everyone know that we have set the date for our Winter Seminar. This year we will be doing something slightly different to allow participants to see and experience our new location.
Speakers– Michael Boyle, Dan John., MBSC Staff
Date- Saturday Feb 5-  8 AM-5 PM

8-12 Workout Observation / Particpation – from 8-12 participants will be able to watch workouts and, numbers permitting, participate. This was a huge success last year with almost 40 attendees spending the day with our coaches. This is a great chance to see and experience our new facility.
12-1 Dan John- Lecture 1
1-2 Michael Boyle  – The Case for Single Leg Training
2-3  Dan John – Lecture 2
3-5 four 30 minutes practical sessions with Dan John, Michael Boyle and our MBSC staff.
This will be a great opportunity to learn and participate so, sign up early. Sign up info will be on our website by Monday. To reserve a space you can call MBSC at 781-938-1330 and speak to Bob or Adrienne. Registration is $99 if you register by January 1st. In order to facilitate the practicals only 100 participants will be allowed.
Sponsored by Perform Better, Body By Boyle Online,, The Strength Coach Podcast, Strength and Conditioning Webinars, and The FitCast.

Dr Mercola Discusses Cancers Favorite Food

Posted in Guest Authors, Nutrition, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 by mboyle1959

If you are a regular reader you know I am a big fan of Dr. Joseph Mercola. Do I think he is a ittle crazy, yes. Do I think he sells too hard, yes. However, do I think his heart and head are in the right place, definitely yes. Dr. Mercola is like a lone voice screaming in the food wilderness. Take a few minutes and read about cancers favorite food.–fructose-feeds-cancer-cells.aspx

The Past Week on

Posted in Uncategorized on November 4, 2010 by mboyle1959

Hope everyone is having a great week. Last week we posted four articles, a new video and added another Episode to the StrengthCoach Podcast . It looks like these updates are now permanently at the end of the week but, that’s OK. As long as we remind you to go back and take a look at the site.

First up was: Common Sense is not too Common — Becoming a great coach from Dewey Neilsen. This was a short piece and was the reason we posted four articles instead of three. I think the title explains the concept so take a minute and read it.

Next up was Training the Overweight Client I have been saving this article until I had the DVD for Training the Overweight Client done. I also posted this as a free article on the site and on Facebook and got lots of great responses. If you haven’t read it, please take a second and do it.

Also up was: : Choosing Weights for Single Leg Squats This was piece from Geoff Girvitz that sat in my inbox for way too long.

Last Up Was:  All In , another contribution from MBSC intern Ben Bruno. Ben has been a big asset to the site during his internship with lots of articles and videos.

Video of the week was Rear Foot Elevated “Speed Skater Squats” also from Ben Bruno

Anthony all put up Episode 67 of the StrengthCoach Podcast with Ben Shear and Jeff Banaszak

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 to check out Strength and Conditioning Webinars

Anthony has posted a bunch of new webinars in October including

“Coaching Cues 101: flaws and fixes for commonly performed

exercises”-Craig Rasmussen- Tues, Oct 26, 12pm EDT

as well as

Case Study- Pro Hockey Player- Jim Reeves

Tips to Improve Healthy Aging- Dr. Jeffrey Tucker

Power Development for Golfers- Michael Boyle

Site Notes

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Do You Have Old VHS Tapes?

Posted in Media, Random Thoughts on November 2, 2010 by mboyle1959

I have some great training stuff on VHS. Problem is it’s tough to find a VCR these days to watch them. My other problem is that I know these VHS tapes are eventually going to dry up and break. Some of my VHS tapes are over 20 years old.  I took a bunch of tapes to a service that advertises that they will convert them for a fee and was told that because the tapes were copywrited they could not copy them onto CD’s for me. Next I looked into buying a converter, basically a very expensive combination VHS-DVD that copied the tape on a DVD. This unit was about $350 dollars. However, an internet search led me to an invention that in my mind rivals the IPOD and the FlipCam, the Elgato Video Capture Cable. For seventy five dollars I received the cable and the software to hook up a a TV-VCR to my computer. The software then converts all these old VHS tapes to Quicktime movies on my computer. Last week I began converting training classics like Al Vermeil’s Success Through Training and Angel Spassov’s Bulgarian Methods of Explosive Power Development into Quicktime movies. If you have old training footage, training tapes, interviews or game films on VHS, buy one of these units and get to work.

Just a quick note, the Elgato unit is the one recommended for a MAC. The Roxio Easy VHS to DVD gets a better rating for PC although I didn’t use it.

PS- You can also convert your kids Disney stuff to computer files which might be my next project. Lion King forever on my computer?