Archive for March, 2012

More Great Reasons Not to Specialize

Posted in Guest Authors, Media, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , , , on March 30, 2012 by mboyle1959

I really like this post from Brook De Lench of . My friend Michelle Amidon from USA Hockey ( an ADM rep) always sends me great stuff like this. Take a minute and read it.


Pretty Strong for a Girl

Posted in Core training, Fat Loss, Low Back Pain, Random Thoughts, Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , , on March 28, 2012 by mboyle1959

Yes, the title is a joke. This is another great female strength clip. As I have said for years, our female athletes suffer from low expecations and lack of role models. Neghar is a great role model because she is extremely strong and has developed a physique that most women would aspire to.

Save the Date for BSMPG in Boston

Posted in Hockey, Injuries, Low Back Pain, Media, Seminars, Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized with tags , , on March 27, 2012 by mboyle1959

The last few years Art Horne and Dan Boothy over at Northeastern University have put on an amazing seminar in the late spring. Art and Dan really have their finger on the pulse in the area of sports medicine and performance training and bring in speakers that you might not have heard yet. Think about it as seeing a breakout band before they hit the big arenas. This spring is no different. Make sure you save May 19th and 20th for what I think is the fourth annual BSMPG Conference.

Presenters include:

Joel Jamieson

Sean Skahan

Pete Freisen

Craig Liebenson and many others.

A Thought Provoking Video About Youth Sports

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , , on March 21, 2012 by mboyle1959

I just got this video in my email. Take a minute and watch it.

More Evidence Against Early Specialization

Posted in Random Thoughts, Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , , on March 20, 2012 by mboyle1959

If you regularly read this blog you know how I feel kids specializing in one sport too early. I continue to search out the best athletes and find their stories. I can tell you that it is rare that I find a professional athlete who says “my parents pushed me to choose one sport and that is why I am here today”. This is a great read on Jacoby Ellsbury and is more evidence that great athletes are mutli-sport athletes first.

Personal Training Mentorship

Posted in Core training, Fat Loss, MBSC News, Random Thoughts, Seminars, Training, Training Females on March 19, 2012 by mboyle1959

MBSC coaches Kevin Carr and Brendan Rearick have put together a great personal training mentorship experience at MBSC.

This mentorship experience has been designed to help in the development of any coach or personal trainer looking to make training people into a career.

  • Are you new to the business?
  • Do you have your own personal training studio?
  • Are you a life long student just looking to get better?
  • Want to know how the best in the world does it?
  • Do you do mostly private and semi private training?
  • Not enough time to go back to school or to do an internship?
To learn more and reserve one of only 10 spots go to

Setting the Record Straight

Posted in Fat Loss, Injuries, Training, Training Females with tags , , on March 17, 2012 by mboyle1959

MBSC Mentorship attendee Brynn Jinett is helping to set the record straight on women’s fitness by challenging the light weight, high rep junk. Her efforts have landed her ( and if you read to page two MBSC) in the NY Post, Marie Claire, and the London Daily Mail. Our teachings continue to move across the world.

Read Barre Buster here

MBSC on the

Posted in Guest Authors, MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts with tags , on March 16, 2012 by mboyle1959

Jordan Shakeshaft just did a nice piece on MBSC for you can read it here

The Genius in All of Us

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training, Youth Training with tags , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2012 by mboyle1959

David Schenk’s The Genius in All of Us may be the best of the “success” books. I have spent parts of the last 12 months reading Outliers , Talent Code, Talent is Overrated   and finally Genius in All of Us.

The interesting thing about my year-long study of success is that all roads have led to the same place. The conclusion of all of these works points to one word. Passion. All of these books debunk the myth of giftedness and genetic talent. The evidence is clear that as Geoff Colvin wrote talent is overrated. I must admit to being skeptical but after approximately one thousand pages I now understand.

I have read so much on the topic that I might accidentally plagiarize.  I will try not to. Passion is the special sauce the makes the succeeder. Succeeder is not even a word but it defines the successful person.

The message of all these authors is nearly identical in the final analysis. You can’t create passion but, you may ignite in it in your child by creating the correct environment.  From a parental standpoint passion can be nurtured but not forced. Passion is almost fleeting, ephemeral. Some have it, some don’t. Maybe it exists on a bell shaped curve, I do not know for sure. I only know that it is the common theme of all these books, the thread that ties all these success tomes together.

The other theme that arises in all books in one way or another is Anders Ericson’s concept of deliberate practice. Not just practice but, deliberate practice. The passionate seem to be able to perform deliberate practice or as it is alternately referred to deep practice.  Schenk describes deliberate practice as “not inherently enjoyable’ and as “not the repetition of already attained skills but repeated attempts to reach beyond ones current level”. Schenk goes on to note that these attempts are “associated with frequent failure”. (P 55)

The other concept that appears in all of these works is the ten thousand hour concept. The idea is that mastery of an area will take ten thousand hours of this previously-mentioned deliberate practice. Schenk makes a point to note that “surfing the net is not deliberate practice”. It is important to state that ten thousand hours is equal to three hours a day for more than ten years. The concept might explain why so many of us seem to arrive on the strength and conditioning scene in our forties. The reality is that ten thousand hours may take twenty years to accumulate. Even more significant is that ten thousand hours is not a guarantee of success, only a common thread. (P57)

Shenk also goes on to say that ‘finding ones true natural limit in any field takes many years and many thousands of hours of intense pursuit”. (P 58) He makes us realize how few of us have explored our true limits as coaches or as athletes. In fact, many athletic careers may not last long enough for mastery.

The lesson is sports, particularly for youth sport parents is go to practice. Practice, at least good practice, has the capacity to make change. Games on the other hand allow for too little exposure to the vital skills needed to succeed.

All page references above are from Genius in All of Us.


11 Game Changing Books Every Good Coach Needs to Read

Posted in Guest Authors on March 13, 2012 by mboyle1959

Nice guest post from Emma Taylor.

11 Game Changing Books

I loved both Sacred Hoops and Quiet Strength.