Archive for February, 2011

New Episodes of The Strength Coach Podcast and Strength Coach TV!

Posted in Media, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training on February 8, 2011 by mboyle1959
Episode 73 is Up
Episode 3 of Strength Coach TV

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  • Interview with Brett Jones on Breathing, FMS Order, a Case Study and his favorite correctives for Rotary Stability
  • Interview with Coach Boyle about Getting a better snap while cleaning, not being afraid to lower the loads, empowering employees and a classic way to teach the clean
  • Alwyn Cosgrove on “Tearing it up and Starting Over Again””
  • Perform Better Sale and a few new items

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Strength Coach TV

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If you haven’t heard, Anthony just launched his new video podcast, Strength Coach TV.

Anthony will be visiting facilities big and small, from personal training studios to large sports performance centers.  The goal of the show is to help fitness professionals who are interested in opening their own facility to get a look into the challenges that current owners face, while getting a peak into now they designed it based on their philosophies.

In Episode 1,  visit Tim Yuhas at Yuhas Performance in Old Lyme, CT.

In Episode 2, I visit Eric Cressey at Cressey Performance in Hudson, MA.

In Episode 3, I visit Gray Cookand he gives us a demo on Indian Clubs.

You can subscribe in iTunes or YouTube

 

I Think I’ll do Upper Body Today (Female subtitle- I think I’ll Just Run Today)

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Youth Training on February 7, 2011 by mboyle1959

Interesting fact. Most people go to the gym and immediately do the exercises they like. If you’re a man, that means bench press and curls. If you’re a woman it means hopping on the treadmill for a long slow walk or a long slow run. I think this might be the reason most people look so bad. They are always going to work on the stuff they can’t see or don’t like to do tomorrow but, tomorrow never comes.

As a college strength and conditioning coach I encountered the same problem early in my career. I came to the early realization that Monday would always be lower body day. This was done for one simple reason. Every day I was forced to do battle with human nature.  Athletes are no different than the average gym-goer. They want to do what they like. I was like the parent who needed to say, “no TV until your homework is done”. When we first began developing training programs for athletes, our athletes were just like the folks described above. Athletes who were not on a program would wander into the weightroom, do a couple of sets of bench presses and then wander over to the curl bar for a few sets. After this, they would simply leave. My solution to this problem was simple. The first day of every week was always a lower body day. This meant that athletes would return the next day to do the stuff they really wanted to do. A simple but effective solution.

The solution for a fitness person is even simpler. Perform a full body every workout every time you go to the gym. Do your lower body and pulling exercises ( like chin-ups) first. Save the bench press and curls for last.  If you just did a squat or squat variation, a pull-up variation and then benched and curled the result will be a vast improvement in your physique. The average persons work ethic in the gym is the equivalent to going to a restaurant, ordering dessert, getting too full from dessert and skipping the meal. Lots of empty calories and none of the stuff you need.

The truth is that training is much like nutrition. Ever notice that everything that is good for you doesn’t taste very good.  In addition, all the stuff that tastes great is fattening. Exercise is the same way. Most of the exercises that are best for you are the ones that are least popular and seem to hurt the most. Have you ever noticed the popularity of exercises where you sit or lie down. The whole machine concept is based on appealing to the lowest common denominator of human nature. You can exercise while seated on a padded chair. Just remember, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.

 

Thanks to our Seminar Attendees

Posted in Random Thoughts with tags , , on February 6, 2011 by mboyle1959

Just wanted to thank everyone who attended our 5th annual MBSC Winter Seminar. The feedback was that it was the best one ever. Special thanks to Dan John who was witty, humble and just a great guy to be around. Also, thanks to Chris Frankel and TRX for spending the day with us. Lastly  I also want to thank our staff for doing such a great job and giving the attendees a taste of what makes MBSC unique.

See you next year.

New At StrengthCoach.com

Posted in Guest Authors, Random Thoughts, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training on February 5, 2011 by mboyle1959

It’s been a while since I posted updates. Truth is the site is so busy with forum questions etc. that the updates get lost in the shuffle. However, I’m going to commit to doing this every week.

One item I posted was a link to  Learning from Track Legends . This is a great chance for both track coaches and non-track coaches to get some great info inexpensively. Take a peak at the link if you get a chance. I don’t do much marketing on the site but, I really think this is a great deal for the money.

I also posted an article called CHANGING THE GAME . This a great story about how a coach can benefit from working with a unique client. This is in the must read category.

I also re-posted an old blog I wrote called Should Most Women Run Long Distances? This one generated a lot of hate mail and controversy when it first came out. Take a few minutes and let me know what you think.

Last but not least Anthony posted:  Episode 3- Strength Coach TV with Gray Cook. If you missed the first two, you’ll have to go back and catch up. Great stuff if you are ever thinking about opening your own facility.

Lots of great articles and videos on the site. Make sure you log on if you have been busy to read and watch.

Mike Boyle Audio Interview

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training on February 3, 2011 by mboyle1959

Erik Rokeach of Fitness Business Interviews recently had me on as a guest and was kind enough to share the interview. If you’d like to hear some of the real story of how I got into the strength and conditioning business and how we built MBSC  take a minute and listen.

http://www.fitnessbusinessinterviews.com/?p=76

New From StrengthCoach Podcast

Posted in Media, Random Thoughts, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training on February 2, 2011 by mboyle1959

If you are not watching StrengthCoach TV and listening to the StrengthCoach Podcast, you should be. Check out both below.

Episode 72 is Up

Check Out Strength Coach TV
Episode 72 Highlights

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  • Interview with Jim Kielbaso on Speed training, using the incline treadmill and “How Strong do We Need to Be?”
  • Interview with me about my article Assessing Credibility in the Internet Age, Poliquin’s “Variety in Strength Training” article and Bilateral Deadlift injuries.
  • Alwyn Cosgrove on “Buying the Sale”
  • Perform Better Sale and a preview of the Providence Summit lineup

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Anthony just launched his new video podcast, Strength Coach TV.

Each episode takes you inside different facilities from some of America’s top trainers and coaches.  Learn how they designed their facility to incorporate their philosophies, program design, priorities and budget.

We will be visiting facilities big and small, from personal training studios to large sports performance centers.  The goal of the show is to help fitness professionals who are interested in opening their own facility to get a look into the challenges that current owners face, while getting a peak into now they designed it based on their philosophies.

In Episode 1,  visit Tim Yuhas at Yuhas Performance in Old Lyme, CT.

In Episode 2, I visit Eric Cressey at Cressey Performance in Hudson, MA.

You can subscribe in iTunes or YouTube

 

ImPersonal Training?

Posted in Guest Authors, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females on February 1, 2011 by mboyle1959

Take a moment and check out this blog from Anthony Carey of Function First. You really need to see the pictures.

http://www.functionfirst.com/wp/2011/01/25/the-unprofessional-fitness-professional/

Let me know what you think.