Archive for January, 2011

More Scary Stuff From Dr. Mercola

Posted in Nutrition, Random Thoughts on January 18, 2011 by mboyle1959

I know many of the more serious nutritionists who read these posts think of Dr. Mercola as a salesman and a sensationalist but I think he is also one of the few guys really willing to speak and publish the truth. This expose on the criminal behavior of drug companies is just plain scary. Take a second and read it. You will be shocked.

Assessing Credibility in the Internet Age

Posted in Random Thoughts on January 13, 2011 by mboyle1959

I wrote this over a year ago and have been a little hesitant to post it. A recent post got me to sit down and finish this article. Tim Edgerton, a UK strength and conditioning coach, named me the most influential man is strength and conditioning the other day which was cool. However the rest of the list was at least half non-coaches. There were a bunch of academic NSCA types, a few internet marketers and a few coaches. As I said in my previous post, this made me think.

The “how to get rich on the internet” business is thriving in fitness and strength and conditioning. New products are launched every month. I’m sure many of you reading this are saying “ you have a paid website, you just did FSC 3.0, who are you to talk”? Legitimate questions. However, the fact is my website sells content. Good content, updated every week. I’m not simply picking up affiliate commissions for using my list to sell another program.

I’m actually a bit tired of internet marketing. It always seems to be similar guys selling similar products. The same resumes.

“__________ is one of the worlds most sought after experts in the field of strength and conditioning and ….”.

Next time you consider buying a product, ask yourself a few simple questions.

1-    Is the seller actually one of the world’s most sought after experts in any area?

2-    Does the seller make his or her living in the area in which they are selling a product or do they make their living selling the product? In Alwyn Cosgrove’s words “have they been there, done that and, are they still doing it?”

3-    Has the seller ever made a consistent living actually coaching, training or helping people lose weight?

4-    What does the seller do every day? Do they sit at a computer and write effective sales copy or do they work in the field?

5-    Are they making money by telling you how to make money?

6-    Did they ever make a substantial amount of money doing what they are selling?

7-    Is their resume legitimate or have they inflated their qualifications and client list?


If you don’t know the answer, do a little searching and find out. You might be surprised at what you learn. I think there are a lot of Bernie Madoff’s in fitness. Look at the last name, Madoff. Like “made off” with your money?  I may sound cynical but, I don’t want to bankroll some twenty five year old who just read Four Hour Workweek. Buying products is great. I have bought many and sold many. Just be sure when you buy that you are buying a product from a person who has done the work and succeeded.


Genetically Modified Food

Posted in Nutrition, Random Thoughts with tags , , on January 12, 2011 by mboyle1959

I’d love to hear some opinions from readers who have strong nutrition backgrounds. As many of our readers know I am a big fan of Dr. Mercola. He seems to be a lone sane voice in the insane world of food. Is he right about genetically modified foods or is he slanting the research? Read this and let me know what you think. It scares the heck out of me.


Am I the Most Influential Person In Strength and Conditioning?

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training on January 10, 2011 by mboyle1959

Tim Egerton, a UK based strength and conditioning coach just complied a list of the 20 most influential people in strength and conditioning. Although I think the list shows an NSCA bias ( obviously not my favorite group) and a taste for internet experts, it makes for interesting reading. The funny thing is that the list shows how powerful the internet is, particularly in reaching non-US markets. Some of the guys on the list are young. Some are simply writers. The lesson for the young coaches and old coaches alike is that the internet is here to stay and we need to embrace it. On of the big keys to success is not innovation but to be an early adopter. Those who embrace new concepts flourish. I can still hear Ryan Lee saying “you don’t have a website yet?”. The lesson is embrace the net. To gain recognition in the strength and conditioning industry you need to write, YouTube, Tweet and Facebook. It’s not enough to just coach anymore. Post a comment and let me know what you think.

Children of the Corn

Posted in Fat Loss, Media, Nutrition, Random Thoughts, Training, Uncategorized, Youth Training on January 7, 2011 by mboyle1959

Children of the Corn was a 1984 horror movie based on a Stephen King short story originally published in Penthouse Magazine, of all places. However, the real horror story is in the American Diet and how it is creating a new generation of Children of the Corn. Instead of children killing adults as in the King story the roles are reversed.

The truth is we are slowly killing our own children. Fast food, soda, chips and a distinct lack of activity has produced the most obese, least fit generation in history. I know the corn people say it is not their fault and that high fructose corn syrup is just sugar but, something remains drastically wrong. And don’t blame inactivity. Every fitness expert in the world will tell you you can’t out work a bad diet. Whether corn is the culprit or not, high fructose corn syrup and corn are the number one calorie providers in the American diet. If you want to keep your kids healthy a simple thing to do is avoid any item that has high fructose corn syrup in it. Whether high fructose corn syrup is inherently more dangerous than sugar is not the point. The point is that it is a cheap source of calories used in the food industry to save money. Remember a few things. Corn is a grain, not a vegetable and, it can now also run your car? Do you really want most of your calories coming from something that can also be a substitute for gasoline?

Mike Boyle Interview

Posted in Guest Authors, Random Thoughts, Training on January 5, 2011 by mboyle1959

Canadian Strength and Conditioning Coach Dean Somerset just posted an interview he did with me on his site. I’ve actually done a bunch of these but Dean did an excellent job. He is a great writer and synthesized the info really well. Take a second and read it if you have a chance
Mike Boyle Interview

Is Yoga Bad for the Knees?

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, Media, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females on January 3, 2011 by mboyle1959

Ok, I admit it. I’m not a yoga fan. Even if you are it might be worth taking a look at this article. The comments are from a medical doctor who has had to attempt to fix the knees of yoga instructors. Many of our stretches are yoga inspired but I think the whole yoga phenomenon is a bit overblown. One real interesting point is obvious. Larger classes seem to lead to more problems. This is because large class yoga is what I call fake stretching. Kind of a follow the leader, “try to get in this position” sort of thing. This leads to a lot of relative motion in attempts to look like the people in front. I think the development of relative flexibility is one of the real big problems in yoga.