Archive for March, 2011

New From StrengthCoach Podcast and Strength Coach TV

Posted in MBSC News, Media, Updates, Training on March 19, 2011 by mboyle1959

Anthony just posted new episodes of The Strength Coach Podcast and Strength Coach TV!

Episode 75 has an interview with Univ. of Richmond S&C Jay DeMayo about his upocoming conference, his training philosophy, working with Basketball, Tennis and Swimming and the Omega Wave.
It also has an interview with me about Core Stiffness, Minimalist Training,and Adding Mobility to the Warm Ups.

In addition you get:
Alwyn Cosgrove on cutting expenses
Perform Better Sale and a few new items

We also have another episode of Strength Coach TV. In Episode 5, Anthony heads up to Woburn, MA to visit with me at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning. Check it out here.

Thanks again for listening and watching. If you have any questions, let me know.

Major New Seminar Announcement

Posted in Core training, Fat Loss, Injuries, Low Back Pain, MBSC News, Media, Seminars, Updates, Training, Training Females with tags , , , on March 18, 2011 by mboyle1959

I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ve added a new speaking date that I think is going to be a lot of fun. The dates are May 12-15th in Phoenix Arizona. Charles Staley has started what he is calling The Unplugged Live Coaches Retreat. There are bunch of really cool things about this seminar.
1- the seminar will be limited to the first fifty people, that is it, no more
2- the seminar is at the Arizona Grand Hotel. I’ve stayed there twice and it is my favorite hotel. A luxury, kid friendly, hotel is a real rarity. This one has great restaurants and a waterpark. If you are like me and love to have the family along, this is the seminar for you. No kids, no problem. There is still a ton to do at the hotel and in nearby Phoenix.
3- A social hour when you arrive Thursday night and another on Friday. This will allow us to continue conversations over a few cold ones.

In addition what I would love is for you to suggest topics in the comments section. We will have four three hour blocks so I think this will be a rare experience. This is the only time this year that I will be doing my own seminar. We will have 12 hours to let you know exactly what we are up to at MBSC. No waiting for articles or DVD’s, you will get the latest up to the minute info.

to register go to

I hope you can make it, I’m really looking forward to this one.

The Static Stretching Renaissance

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training on March 17, 2011 by mboyle1959

There has been lots of talk lately about the fact that all of the athletes we train perform static stretching before every workout. The classic answer is always that this is a bad idea because static stretching decreases power. Have you ever read the actual studies? I have. The decreases were in the area of 5% and occurred when a vertical jump was done immediately after a bout of static stretching. Read this The Static Stretching Renaissance and see if your opinion changes.

Target HeartRate Training

Posted in Fat Loss, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females on March 15, 2011 by mboyle1959

I know. You’re probably saying “here he goes again” and you are correct. You’re thinking “Come on, don’t attack the target heartrate zone idea too”. Sorry. Here we go again. Every time I have this conversation with a group I always get the question “If this stuff isn’t true, why is it plastered on the front of every treadmill”. I can’t really answer except to say that it probably came out of the legal department of the manufacturer.

The truth is that target heartrate zone training is a highly flawed concept that could result in us drastically overtraining or undertraining ourselves or a client. Why is it a flawed concept? Because the physiologists know that only a small percentage of the population actually fits the formula. Did you know that seventy percent of the population is plus or minus ten to twelve beats from the theoretical 220- age formula. Yes seven out of ten people don’t fit the mold. Even worse, thirty percent of the population deviates nearly twice that much.

In mathematical terms for seventy percent of the population maximal heartrate actually equals:

220 – age plus or minus 10-12 beats per minute

For thirty percent of the population maximal heartrate actually equals:

220- age plus or minus 20-24 beats per minute

Why is this such a big deal? To realize why, we need to first state that those whose heartrates are on the high end are at little to no risk. All that happens with those folks is that we don’t push them hard enough. The problem is with the folks who have an unusually low maximum heartrate. If we were to push a person in the thirty percent group that is minus twenty-four beats per minute to eighty percent of their theoretical maximal heartrate, we would actually be pushing them to ninety percent. This would be a major error that could have significant ramifications.

The lesson here is that, as with so many of the so-called truths of fitness, there is actually significant variability in what we seem to think is an accurate and time-honored formula. Be careful with yourself and with you clients. Buy a heartrate monitor and learn how both you and your clients really respond to exercise.

New from Strength and Conditioning Webinars.

Posted in Injuries, Media, Updates, Training on March 11, 2011 by mboyle1959
Just wanted to know that Anthony has posted a few new webinars on Strength and Conditioning starting with “The Physiology of the Stress Response” with Patrick Ward. This is another in a collaborative effort with

Anthony also posted Elsbeth Vaino’s Excel Tips for Trainers: Programming Efficiency and Professional-looking Handouts”.

In addition he also posted new episodes of Strength Coach TV , one with Gray Cook and another with Frank Nash of Frank Nash Training Systemsin Worcester, MA.

You can check them out at


Robin Hood Training

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

Don’t know what got me on this thought but, Robin Hood would have made a great strength coach or personal trainer.  Remember “steal from the rich and give to the poor”? The key to being a good strength coach or personal trianer is to learn the lesson of Robin Hood. Steal from the rich and give to the poor. Or to paraphrase, steal from the smart and give to the “not so smart” to be polite. The cool thing about stealing is that most of the good coaches encourage it. They put stuff right out there for you.  It’s like someone leaves their valuables unlocked and then lets lot of people have access to them, occasionally for a small fee but often free. Problem is so most trainers are too dumb to steal from the rich. Instead they steal from the poor. If you are going to steal stuff, think about the Brinks Job. Steal the best stuff from the smartest people you can.

In the fields of fitness and strength and conditioning we call this stealing continuing education. Continuing education is nothing more than Robin Hood in action. The great part about this is that security is really poor. The presenters put their info out there, all you need to do is take. There are a million cliches out there and most are true.

-Success leaves clues

-Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery etc. etc.

Bottom line, you could pick up a copy of the original red cover Core Performance and just copy the stuff in it and you would be better than 90% of the trainers and coaches working today. Do me a favor. Make an appointment to steal. Your next chance to steal from me in Boston at the Perform Better One Day Seminar. Looking to pull of the Brinks Job? Register for the Perform Better Summit’s coming up .

From Dax Moys/ Magic 100 List

If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the
results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same

– Tony Robbins

Editors Note: Good stealing actually costs a little money. Think of it as buying burglary  tools.

Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

Posted in Media, Random Thoughts, Seminars on March 8, 2011 by mboyle1959

First off, I need to thank my good friend Valerie Waters for having the courage to say. “Mike, you are a great presenter, but you could be better”. Real friends do this. Really good friends then buy you a book and ship it to you to help with their suggestion. Val sent me Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs and I thank her. In the tradition of paying it forward, here are some of the best tidbits from this great book:

“ if you have a tangible product, find other ways outside of the slide deck to show it off”

“ Ask yourself why should my listener care about this idea/information/product / service”

“ You’ve got to find what you love. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to do what you love to do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

“Find something that you love to do so much, you can’t wait for the sun to rise to do it all over again.”

“ I never did it for the money. This phrase holds the secret between becoming and extraordinary presenter and one mired in mediocrity for the rest of your life”

On himself and Bill Gates “I sort of look at us as two of the luckiest guys on the planet because we found what we loved to do, we were at the right place at the right time, and we’ve gotten to go to work every day with superbright people for thirty years and do what we love doing”

From Marcus Buckingham ( The One Thing You Need to Know, First Break All the Rules)

“ Leaders are fascinated by the future. You are a leader if and only if, you are restless for change, impatient for progress and deeply dissatisfied with the status quo. As a leader you are never satisfied with the present…”

“ Publicly thank employees, partners and customers and do it often.”

From Malcolm Gladwell “ practice isn’t the thing you do once your good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”

“Always dress a little better than everyone else but, appropriate for the culture”

“ Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected”

“Treat presentations as “infotainment”. Your audience wants to be educated and entertained. Have fun. It’ll show.”

“Never apologize. You have little to gain from calling attention to a problem. If your presentation hits a glitch, acknowledge it, smile, and move on. If it was not obvious to anyone but you, do not call attention to it.”

“follow your heart and your intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become… stay hungry, stay foolish.”

If you present, or aspire to present, get Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs.

PS- Unless otherwise attributed the quotes above are from either Steve Jobs himself or, the author Carmine Gallo paraphrasing Jobs.