Archive for October, 2011

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, Media, Random Thoughts, Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized with tags , on October 18, 2011 by mboyle1959
Hope all is well.

Anthony Renna posted a new episode of The Strength Coach Podcast, a new episode of Strength Coach TV and some news about CEUs
Episode 90 of the Strength Coach Podcast is Up
New Episode of Strength Coach TV
New Webinars & CEUs at
Episode 90 Highlights
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  • Hit The Gym With a Strength Coach- Sam Leahey (Springfield) is on to talk about Coaching the Joint by Joint, Periodization, Springfield Men’s Lax and His Path to Springfield
  • Coaches Corner- I talk about In-Season Lifts, Strength as a Skill and Do We Really Need a Niche?
  • Results Fitness Business of Fitness- Rachel Cosgrove  on”Embracing Change”
  • Ask Functional Movement Systems- Mike Strock, talks about using using the FMS with the US Navy
  • The Art of Coaching with Athletes’ Performance- John Stemmerman talks about  “Coaching When There is a Language Barrier”
  • Ask the Equipment Experts with Perform Better-  Chris Poirertalks about the New Sale and The Meeting of the Minds.

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Strength Coach TV- Episode 13- Gabriele Fitness & Performance
In Episode 13 of Strength Coach TV, Anthony visits Vince Gabriele in Berkley Heights, NJ for a tour of Gabriele Fitness & Performance.  Vince created an incredible culture for his members and staff in his 6,000 sq. ft.   Check out Strength Coach TV
New Webinars and 6 More CEUs coming at
At, Anthony just posted some great webinars from me Alwyn Cosgrove,  and Art Horne.Also, he just got approval from the NSCA for CEUs for 6 more webinars, making it a total of 9 webinars with CEUs.  

There are over 100 webinars in the archives for you to watch at any time.


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


Does It Hurt?

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, Random Thoughts, Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , on October 16, 2011 by mboyle1959

This is one of my favorite articles. I posted it in the free section of so anyone can read it. I find myself referring to it every week. As Ben Franklin said, common sense is not very common.

Does It Hurt?

I get asked rehab questions all the time. I have rehabilitated athletes in almost every major sport who were told they were “all done” by a doctor or a team trainer. Because people know my background, they often ask for advice.

Most of the time they ignore the advice because the advice does not contain the answer they want. They say “it only hurts when I run”, I say things like “don’t run”.

A famous coach I know once told me “people don’t call for advice, they call for agreement or consensus. If you don’t tell them what they want to hear, they simply call someone else”. His advice to me, don’t bother wasting your time with advice.

Here I go again wasting time. …..  to read the rest click here


Improving Foot Speed and Agility

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , , on October 13, 2011 by mboyle1959

I wrote this a while back but just added it to our free articles section at so I could share it with a larger audience.

Developing Foot Speed and Agility

A couple of threads on the forum got me thinking about the question of foot speed and athletes. I can’t tell you how often I hear a parent or a coach ask, “How can I improve my son’s/daughter’s/ athlete’s foot speed or agility?” It seems everyone always wants the shortcut and the quick fix. The better question might be “Do you think you can improve foot speed?” or maybe even the larger question, “Does foot speed even matter?”

That begs the larger question, “Does foot speed have anything to do with agility?” I know coaches or parents reading this are asking, “Is this guy crazy?” How many times have we heard that speed kills? I think the problem is that coaches and parents equate fast feet with fast and quick feet with agile. However, fast feet don’t equal fast any more than quick feet equal agile. In some cases, fast feet might actually make an athlete slow–often I see fast feet as a detriment to speed. In fact, some of our quick turnover guys, those who would be described as having fast feet, are very slow off the start.

The problem is fast feet don’t use the ground well to produce force. Fast feet might be good on hot coals, but not on hard ground. Think of the ground as the well from which we draw speed. It is not how fast the feet move, but rather how much force goes into the ground. This is basic action-reaction physics. Force into the ground equals forward motion. This is why the athletes with the best vertical jumps are most often the fastest. It comes down to force production. Often coaches will argue the vertical vs. horizontal argument and say the vertical jump doesn’t correspond to horizontal speed, but years of data from the NFL Combine begs to differ. Force into the ground is force into the ground. In spite of what Brett Contreras may say, vectors don’t seem to matter here. The truth is parents should be asking about vertical jump improvement, not about fast feet. My standard line is “Michael Flatley has fast feet, but he doesn’t really go anywhere. If you move your feet fast and don’t go anywhere, does it matter? It’s the old “tree falling in the woods” thing.

The best solution to slow feet is to get stronger legs. Feet don’t matter. Legs matter. Think about it this way:

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I Just Became a London Fletcher Fan

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 12, 2011 by mboyle1959

Just read a great little Sporting News piece on London Fletcher. Besides playing more consecutive games than any NFL player, he just sounds like a good guy. How about this? No music with bad language on his IPOD, just clean versions and Christian music. There may be hope for our pro athletes with more great leaders like this.

Rest in Peace Steve Jobs

Posted in Random Thoughts with tags on October 7, 2011 by mboyle1959

Over the past year I read Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs and Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs and really became a fan. I blogged about both books and took some great ideas away but what really captivated me were the stories about Steve. Whether you are a MAC user, own an IPhone or own an IPOD ( and who doesn’t) his genius touched our lives.