Archive for December, 2010

First Break All the Rules

Posted in Media, Random Thoughts on December 12, 2010 by mboyle1959 member Ray McCarthy recommended First Break All the Rules on the site a few weeks ago so I went and bought the book. Currently I now buy both the print and the audio. This allows me to listen in the car and come back home and make notes.  The book is about “what the world’s great managers do differently” and is based on a Gallup study of over 80,000 managers.

I’m not done yet but I wanted to share something I read that has already changed me as a manager. The authors measured the strength of a workplace in the answers to twelve questions, I think the first six are the real keys:

1- Do I know what is expected of me at work?

2- Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right?

3- At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?

4- In the last seven days, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work?

5- Does my supervisor, or someone at work, seem to care about me as aperson?

6- Is there someone at work who encourages my development?

All of the above hit home but number four really struck me. “In the last seven days”? I know I don’t tell me employees enough how great they are and what a great job they do. Thanks Ray for making me a better owner and manager.

The Past Two Weeks on

Posted in Uncategorized on December 10, 2010 by mboyle1959

Wow, the weeks just go by too fast. Once again I realize it has been two weeks since I updated everyone on the site. In the meantime we have had the first Perform Better 1 Day and our largest Mentorship group ever ( 17 attendees).

The site as always is packed with content

First up from the week of November 22nd was: From the Ground Up by Dan John. This was the second of what we are calling Strength Coach Classics. Strength Coach Classics are articles that are in the archives that we will repost every year to make sure that new members don’t miss them . The bad part about having so much on-going content is that members don’t need to go back and read. We are going to try to pick articles out for you and re-post them and, this is a real classic.

Next up was   : How to Be an Awesome Coach by MBSC staff member Brendon Rearick. I think it is great that all my young coaches have begun to write. Not only does it give us great content but, it gives us great perspective. Brendon looks at what it means to really relate to kids, something he does well.

Next up was:  A Caveman’s Guide to Exercise Anthony Donskov should be on staff the way he is cranking out articles. This is another great one from a coach who is really coming into his own as a writer.

Video of the week: Standing Hamstring Stretch was another clip from Functional Strength Coach 3.0 I have a bunch of these clips that we’ll be using for the next few months to give those of you who have not seen FSC 3 a chance to learn and to proview.

The week of Nov 29th starts with a great piece from Gray called : The Momentum of Perspective Just take a few minutes and read this, that’s all I can say. As always, great stuff.

Next up was  Why You Can’t Lose Weight from Brandon Alleman. This was actually a blog post that I liked from Brandon and he was kind enough to let us use it.

Also up was:Exercises I like, the Close Grip Snatch by Matt Delaney. Matt is an Olympic lifter and former MBSC staff member. This also happens to be one of my favorite Olympic lifts.

Video of the week for this week also came from FSC 3Video of the Week – Rotational Squat

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

3 Years of the Strength Coach Podcast- Boyle, Cosgrove and 2 Gray Cook Segments

Boyle on Success, Cook on Thoracic Mobility and Yankees Strength Coach Dana Cavalea- Episode 69

Also, make sure to check out Strength and Conditioning Webinars

Site Notes

Please let us know via the forum if there are things you want to see on the site.

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Wanted- Kevin McNair VHS Tape

Posted in Uncategorized on December 3, 2010 by mboyle1959

Years ago, in the 80’s, a track coach named Kevin McNair did an excellent VHS tape on speed development. Unfortunately a Google search gave me the bad news that Coach McNair had passed away in 2008. I am looking for the VHS tape as I am trying to convert some of the great 80’s stuff to digital format. Does anyone have one I could buy or borrow?

A Great Review of Body By Boyle On-line

Posted in Uncategorized on December 2, 2010 by mboyle1959

How about this plug for Body by Boyle Online from Dean Somerset. This is actually taken from a blog post Dean posted.

“Mike Boyle’s brain in a browser-friendly format. ‘Nuff said. This is easily worth 10 times the cost, just in the ability to create digital programs for clients to access anywhere alone!!”

I know we have probably hit you over the head with this but, take a look. I think this could change everyone’s business for the better. I’m getting all the credit but Kevin Larabbee and Brynar Karl have taken “our” stuff and made an amazing product.

BodyByBoyle Online – Remote access for Athletes, Coaches and Trainers to America’s #1 Gym


News Flash- Weight Training is Good for Kids

Posted in Media, Training, Youth Training on December 1, 2010 by mboyle1959

A recent NY Times article once again debunked the myth that weight training is bad for children. On the plus side this is good for business. On the minus side expect another crop of genius parents coming through the door with 5 year olds.

Here is a quote from the article to read the entire piece, click the link above.

” a major new review just published in Pediatrics, together with a growing body of other scientific reports, suggest that, in fact, weight training can be not only safe for young people, it can also be beneficial, even essential.”