Archive for September, 2011

Joint by Joint Goes Mainstream

Posted in Core training, Guest Authors, MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Updates, Training with tags , on September 30, 2011 by mboyle1959

Our Joint by Joint concept has hit the mainstream media. Chiropractor Dr. Brent Hextell wrote this article for a Colorado website Balance in Mobility and Stability Key for Athletic Performance. To learn more about Joint by Joint, click here.

A Great Commercial About Kids and Youth Sports

Posted in Media, Random Thoughts, Training, Uncategorized, Youth Training on September 29, 2011 by mboyle1959

This a great commercial. Although the subject is tennis this applies to hockey and football also ( and maybe lots of others sports I’m not thinking of) Take a minute and watch.

PS- thanks to my friend Michelle Amidon from USA Hockey for the forward.


Strength Coach Creed

Posted in Uncategorized on September 28, 2011 by mboyle1959

This is great piece  written by Anthony Donskov that I wanted to share:

I am a strength and conditioning coach, not a cheerleader, rep counter, weight loader, scientist or lab technician. I am a motivator, not a babysitter, amateur psychologist, or boot camp instructor. I will not treat all athletes the same! I will treat athletes the way they deserve and earn to be treated. I believe in determination, sacrifice, attention to detail, respect for those that have walked before me, passion, team spirit, and good old-fashioned sweat and hard work. Lou Holtz once said: “No one has ever drowned in sweat.” I believe there are NO limits to greatness: no ceiling, or rooftop. “I believe that personal greatness is measured against ones own potential, not against someone else on the team or elsewhere” (Coach Wooden). I am not a fad, fashion or preacher. I am an educator, teacher, and role model. I am a Coach!

A Meeting of Minds

Posted in Core training, Fat Loss, Injuries, Low Back Pain, MBSC News, Media, Nutrition, Random Thoughts, Seminars, Updates, Training, Training Females with tags on September 28, 2011 by mboyle1959
This might be the educational event of 2011. Make sure you
make a reservation. The Arizona Grand is an amazing hotel
with a full waterpark and great restaurants. Besides this the
higher price will mean less attendees and great access to the
speakers. Come hang out with the Perform Better speakers
in the best venue we have ever had.
Perform Better


A Meeting of Minds

Check out the Schedule of Topics and Meet the Presenters

A Meeting of Minds, October 27-30, 2011, Phoenix, AZ

Limited Space Available. Reserve Your Spot Today!

Leading the way!

With our industry changing every day and becoming more competitive,

you will need to make sure that you are on the cutting edge. Perform

Better’s “A Meeting of Minds” will allow you to learn and network with

the top educators to help move our industry forward.

Register now. Space is limited and you don’t want to miss

this once in a lifetime event.


Watch the Sing Off Tonight

Posted in Media, Random Thoughts with tags , on September 26, 2011 by mboyle1959

I don’t usally blog about TV but The Sing Off is the best show on TV. Check out this clip of Urban Method doing Love the Way You Lie. I am not a rap fan but, what a performance. Just keep reminding yourself, NO INSTRUMENTS!

Read More!

Posted in Random Thoughts on September 20, 2011 by mboyle1959

A had a revelation today. Even successful people don’t read enough. If you don’t have the time to read or, don’t read well, listen more ( buy or take out audiobooks). I’m not bragging but I went through about 6 months worth of blog posts to try to get a handle on what I have read or listened to lately and came up with these suggestions. If you are a regular reader, you may have heard these already but, they bear repeating.

Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow’s Success (Maxwell, John C.)

Self-Improvement 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know (101 (Thomas Nelson))

Creating Magic- 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney by Lee Cockerell

Barefoot in Boston

Talent Code – Daniel Coyle

Talent is Overrated – Geoff Colvin

First Break All the Rules- Marcus Buckingham

Training Soccer Champions – Anson Dorrance

Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

These are just a few to start you off. In any case, get started.



So Good I had to Share

Posted in Media, Random Thoughts on September 18, 2011 by mboyle1959

My friend Robert Dos Remedios ( Coach Dos to most of you) sent me this. I do not believe he wrote this however I don’t have any idea who did. If you read it and it was you, email me and I’ll give you credit.

1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5.

I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know

that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have

to restart my collection…again.

13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save

any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses

begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still

didn’t hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting

in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear

them forever.

22. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time

it is.

23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket,

finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet everyone

can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed,

first time, every time.

24. The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet

was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain

is also important

Great Advice to Start the Season Courtesy of Coach Dan Bauer

Posted in Guest Authors, Random Thoughts, Training, Youth Training on September 16, 2011 by mboyle1959

I dont know Dan Bauer but, I love this. 

It is official, all youth athletics are nuts.  Hockey may have earned the right of getting there first, but every other sport has now fallen in place. They are all too organized, travel too much, too expensive and too time consuming.  We place put too much emphasis on keeping score and winning and too little emphasis on having fun.

As another youth hockey season descends upon us I have some simple advice for parents to help make your hockey experience more enjoyable.

Skip tryouts.  Leave the rink, go to a movie, have dinner with your spouse, just stay away.  If your child makes the A team, be happy and humble. If your child makes the B team, be happy and calm.  Next to skill, the most important quality of a good athlete is confidence.  Benefit:  Stress Reduction.

Every rink has a water fountain.  Save time and money on the Gatorade, because I’m not certain that 10 year-olds even have electrolytes. And if they do, I bet they have a lot of them.  We only start losing things when we get older.  Savings:  80+ games & practices @ $2.00 = $160.

They can carry their own bag and if they can’t it’s too big.  You don’t carry your kid’s backpack to school for them; you shouldn’t have to carry their hockey bag either.  Donate your wheelie bag to a stewardess and get one that has to be carried.  Benefit:  Increased leg strength.

Kids can dress and undress themselves—go get a cup of coffee and relax.  Once they have been through it a few times they can figure it out.  And if they can’t, that is why they have teammates.  Eventually they will get it on or off.  Be patient.  Benefit:  Team Unity.  (PS: Coffee is cheaper then Gatorade)

Teach them to tie their own skates as soon as possible—good skaters have loose skates, so let them get used to it early.  As long as you keep tying them they are going to let you.  Haven’t we learned this “helpless” lesson before?  Benefit:  Ankle strength.

New equipment is for Christmas, maybe a birthday—but should not be a birthright of every new season.  Buy used equipment—a 58lb squirt doesn’t need the support of a $300 pair of skates. A $300 pair of skates could be worn by a 58lb squirt for ten years and still not be worn out—it’s basic physics.  Today’s skates are as rigid as marine core training.  Savings:  $200+.

On the subject of skates, as soon as they are old enough to drive, they are old enough to get their own skates sharpened.  If they tell you they don’t have time, compare your schedule to theirs, then hand the skates back to them.  Benefit:  Time for you & responsibility for them.

Buy wooden sticks.  Force dealers to put them back on the stick rack; it is supply & demand economics.  A 9 year old doesn’t need a composite stick unless he is 6’ and 200lbs, or you can buy a 10 flex.  A wooden stick will do fine.  Save me the sales pitch on response and feel.  Until they can feel the difference between clean and dirty hair save your money.  And like tying skates, they can learn to tape their stick much sooner than they would like you to believe.  Savings:  $200+.  Benefit:  Wrist strength & eye-hand coordination.

Kids believe that the concession stand is an essential part of hockey—like their skates.  If they go out and skate well, have fun and come off with a smile on their face—they don’t need a reward, except maybe a pat on the back.  Walk past the concession stand a few times—I know we need to support the rink, but it shouldn’t be the place where you eat most of your meals.

They also don’t need breakfast at Perkins or lunch at Mc Donalds after every game or practice.  Let them learn that the reward is hockey!  It is a privilege to be able to play and if they don’t make their bed and feed the dog you will take it away.  Benefit:  Discipline, help around the house, more money for coffee.

Herb Brooks said it best, “The name on the front of the jersey is a heck of a lot more important than the name on the back”.  This is a team sport; the sooner kids learn that, the better.  Names on the back of jerseys are for when you get to the NHL.  You should be able to figure out which one is yours without that visual aide.  If you can’t, remember that is why we put numbers on the jerseys—those numbers aren’t a ranking system—they are for identification.  Nobody wears two nametags at work, right?  Benefit:  Team Unity & Humility.

Don’t watch every practice—let them tell you about a few—they’ll enjoy it.  Send them the message that you have more important things to do than watch the practice.  This is not neglect, but common sense.  If parents spent as much time helping kids with their homework as they do watching practice, our kids
would all be getting straight A’s.  This is their experience—not yours.  Turn them loose.  Benefit:  Time.

Let your kids have fun.  If their best friend calls on a Friday night and wants them to:  a) go to a movie,  b) go to the outdoor rink,  c) go sledding, don’t say no because they have a game tomorrow, or in most cases three games.  They are kids, if you haven’t noticed they don’t get tired.  Do you ever remember being too tired as a kid?  Let them go swimming at the motel, play football in the snow.  AJ Hawk might need to sleep in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, but your kid doesn’t.  Benefit:  Balance, & a Happier Child.

Don’t try to coach—your team already has one.  Pat them on the back after a tough loss and thank them for their time and effort.  Buy them a cup of coffee and talk about anything, but hockey.  Benefit:  Respect.

Last, but not least, at an athletic contest you can be a player, a coach, a fan or an official—but you can only be one.  For those parents who are confused, you are a fan.  Cheer when your team does something well.  Drink coffee the rest of the time, it tastes better than your foot. Benefit:  More friends, fewer enemies.

Enjoy your season!


Battle Over High Fructose Corn Syrup Heads to Court

Posted in Fat Loss, Media, Nutrition, Random Thoughts on September 14, 2011 by mboyle1959

This is really funny. The sugar manufacturers are suing the corn people to stop the corn people from calling high fructose corn syrup corn sugar? Did I confuse you yet? How bad is a product (HFCS) when the people who make sugar don’t want you ruining their “good name”. This is like John Wayne Gacy suing Jeffrey Dahmer. Read on…

Defending Your Beliefs

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, Random Thoughts, Seminars, Updates, Training, Uncategorized with tags , , on September 13, 2011 by mboyle1959

The link below is to a recent Jim Wendler blog on single leg training. It was brought up in a forum post and I thought I would share my answer with those of you who read this blog but are not members yet.

I’ve yet to come across someone who isn’t a fan or at least respects Jim Wendler.For those of you interested on his opinion:

Nice to see he can see both sides of the coin!

I liked Wendler’s 5-3-1 but when someone writes off my 30 years of experience as a publicity stunt it’s really hard to get excited about the guy. My goal is to get athletes better without hurting any of them. I have come to the conclusion that squatting on two legs is no longer part of that. If that pisses of the powerlifting crowd, so be it. As I have said before, I take a lot of heat from the powerlifters, olympic lifters, Crossfitters etc because I question their methods. I want olympic lifts from the hang, one leg squats and Trap Bar deadlifts, all done with great technique in a rep range that is safe. Is that so crazy?

I think I understand why those in the powerlifting and olympic lifting world reject these ideas ( and read the blog, Jim basically says single leg exercises provide a good stretch). For the past thirty years powerlifters and olympic lifters have been the go to source for strength information. As we move towards a more , dare I say, functional view of strength the sports of powerlifting and olympic lifting take on less and less significance. I think the future will prove me right, lets see.

PS- If you want to learn more about the future of our field from some real forward thinkers, check out Perform Better’s Meeting of the Minds in Arizona in October.