Archive for June, 2011

Training Elite Athletes- Be Brilliant at the Basics

Posted in Guest Authors, Training, Training Females with tags , on June 9, 2011 by mboyle1959

Training Elite Athletes- Be Brilliant at the Basics

( Editors note- my good friend Dewey Nielsen wrote this as an MMA article. It was so good I edited it to apply to all sports)

What works best for an athlete? Linear or undulating periodization? Kettlebells or dumbbells? Olympic lifts from the floor or hang? What do you do for conditioning?

I get questions like these a lot and usually my answer comes down to “it doesn’t matter”. I am not saying that undulating periodization doesn’t work or kettlebells are worthless. What I am saying is these things only matter once you are “Brilliant at the Basics”. You must first understand a few things:

What is strength?
What is endurance?
What is power?
What is power endurance?
What is speed?
What is agility?
What is mobility?
What is anaerobic and aerobic conditioning?

What are all of these things and how should we train them? Where do these components fit into a program? What order should they be trained? And the most important question, “can your athletes lift correctly”? Everything goes out the window if your athletes are performing the program with sloppy technique. What is the point of flipping tires and swinging sledge hammers (neither of which I do) if an athlete can’t squat, lunge or do a pushup with good form?

To say that the strength and conditioning world often is archaic or that some strength coaches are in the dinosaur age is an understatement. Some of the things I see coaches do with world-class athletes are not just un-educated, they are thoughtless, dangerous and irresponsible.

The questions above are basic and that’s the point. The thing that separates a novice from an expert is the ability for the expert to perform the basics extremely well. This is the same thing we tell our students and coaches. Beginners always want to learn advanced skills before they master the basics. The difference between good and great is being “Brilliant at the Basics”. As I grow older and more educated I constantly become more intrigued by the basics. Does this make me an expert? I don’t know. What I do know is that every year I feel like I know more and less at the same time. And I like that. It is very apparent that the quest of knowledge is never ending. So I guess it is safe to say that my job will never get boring.

Dewey Nielsen is a Performance Enhancement Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is the co- founder/co-owner of Impact Performance Training and the co-founder/owner/coach of Impact Jiu-jitsu. Dewey is primarily located in Newberg and Beaverton, Oregon and can be reached at or

Want a Simple Workout?

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training, Uncategorized on June 5, 2011 by mboyle1959

Do you want a simple workout that you can do just about anywhere? Check out this one we did for Men’s Health magazine. I think the link is actually to Men’s Health Malaysia. They call a push-up a press-up and they use the dreaded Bulgarian Split Squat name but this is as good and as simple as it gets.

MBSC on StrengthCoach TV

Posted in MBSC News, Media, Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags on June 3, 2011 by mboyle1959

If you have a few minutes check out MBSC on StrengthCoach TV . StrengthCoach TV is another great concept from Anthony Renna of StrengthCoach Podcast fame. On StrengthCoach TV Anthony visits successful coaches and their facilities and literally takes you inside. Take a look.

The Last Two Weeks on

Posted in Core training, Injuries, Updates, Training with tags , on June 1, 2011 by mboyle1959

It’s been two weeks since our last update so I apologize. I’m really going to try to get out one per week but, with me you never know. I went from the Staley Seminar in Arizona to Charles Stephenson’s Basketball Specific Seminar in North Carolina so I’ve neglected the internet side a bit.

As always though we had lots of great stuff on the site.

Robbie Bourke of Dublin, Ireland started us off with some great video of his favorite FMS Corrective Exercises

Justin Levine followed up with 10 Workout Strategies for Fitness Professionals

Bruce Kelly added Training Program for a High School Squash Team

Anthony Renna added Episode 80 of the StrengthCoach Podcast with Josh Henkin

Chris Frankel and Andrew Vontz brought us Heartrate Training for the Strength and Conditioning Coach

Anthony Donskov added to his growing list of articles with 10 Things I lLearned in 2010

and I added my annual Handicapping the Perform Better Summit in Providence.

As I always say, lots of great stuff to read. Make sure to take a few minutes and log on. Remember, if you have questions just  log on to the forums and ask. You never who’ll answer