Archive for November, 2012

Great by Choice

Posted in StrengthCoach.com Updates, Uncategorized with tags , , on November 28, 2012 by mboyle1959

I guess Great by Choice is a sequel of sorts to Jim Collin’s classic Good to Great. I have to admit, I really liked them both. I actually listened to Great by Choice instead of reading. My new policy is to buy the book to make/ take notes and then the audio to listen in the car. It’s really working well for me. It costs more but it really works well.

This is another business classic that answers the question “why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not?”

In Great by Choice you’ll get exposed to 20 Mile Marches, 10X’ers and SMac Recipes. If you own a business of aspire to take some time and read Great by Choice .

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Have You Seen the NEW StrengthCoach.com?

Posted in StrengthCoach.com Updates on November 27, 2012 by mboyle1959

Over the last few months, we have been working hard to upgrade StrengthCoach.com.  There are some great changes, not only in the way it looks and feels, but with the content.  We continue to strive to be “The Best Source of Performance Enhancement Information.”

Here is a look at some of the changes:

    • Better Design– it’s easier on the eye, easier to navigate and easier to find content.
    • More content– we have been adding more content, including more videos (we just are in the middle of Joe Sansalone’s 4-part video series on the Kettlebell Swing), webinars (see below), audio lectures (see below) and articles.
    • Merged with StrengthandConditioningwebinars.com- we will now be offering 2 live webinars a month, and archiving them so our Premium members can watch them whenever they want.  We just added my webinar, “The Case for Single Leg Training” and Phillip Snell’s “The Flexion Intolerant and Disc-Injured Back-Assessment, Rehab and Training”.This is an incredible addition to the site.  This alone is worth the price of admission.
    • We have partnered with MovementLectures.com– they will be providing us with 1 audio lecture every month for all members to access. The lectures are from some of the top fitness pros in the world and are sold for $5 and up so it it a great addition to the site.  Our first one was David Whitley’s “Fundamental Breathing Practice”, a 41 minute lecture on everything you wanted to know about one of the hottest topics in the field right now, breathing.
    • My book, “Advances in Functional Training” is now free for all Premium members in pdf format, available for download right off the site.  As before, my other book, “Designing Strength Training Programs and Facilities” is also available as a free download for all members.
    • We have added an Education Calendar, to keep everyone up to date about all of the different continuing education opportunities available throughout the field.
    • We upgraded the software that has added a bunch of features like:
      • Forum Suggest – As a new post or reply is being typed, related forum posts are suggested to the you at the bottom of your screen.
      • Forum Preview Thread Option – You can hover over topic subjects without clicking on them. A preview box will pop up showing you the content of that forum thread. This allows you to quickly see which threads you are interested in reading without actually having to open up that forum thread.
      • Increased time before forced log-out notice

       

We have some more things planned and we will keep adding incredible content and continue the the great discussions on what we consider is the “best forum on the net.”

You can try us out and have full access to all of the great content on the site for 3 days for just $1.  Full access to all of the articles, videos, audio interviews, webinars and the forum for only $1.

If you decide you love the site, and we think you will, and you become a member, you will have access to both of my books, “Advances in Functional Training” and “Designing Strength Training Programs and Facilities”. 

You have 2 options, you can go monthly for $14.95 every month, or save $50 for the year a sign up for the yearly membership for only $129. The choice is yours.

So give us a try, you have nothing to lose.

The Last Lesson from Inside Out Coaching

Posted in Uncategorized on November 26, 2012 by mboyle1959

I have posted at least five lessons from a book that is my favorite of this year, Inside Out Coaching. The following is Joe Ehrmann’s  adaptation of a poem I have blogged about before called Children Learn What They Live by Dorothy Law Nolte

Players Learn By How I Coach

If I coach with hostility- my players learn to be hostile

If I coach with ridicule- my players learn to disengage

If I coach with shame- my players learn to be ashamed

If I coach with sarcasm- my players learn to hide

If I coach with love- my players learn how to be loved

If I coach with tolerance- my players learn how to be patient

If I coach with encouragement- my players learn how to encourage

If I coach with empathy- my players learn to express their feelings

If I coach with compassion- my players learn to care about others

If I coach with praise- my players learn to value themselves

If I coach with fairness- my players learn justice

If I coach with affirmation- my players discover their full potential

If I coach with acceptance and friendship- my players learn how to find and give love in their relationships.

Youth Sports- Prepare the Child for the Path, Not the Path for the Child

Posted in Training, Training Females, Youth Training on November 20, 2012 by mboyle1959

I originally wrote this in 2008 when a few hundred people read my blog. This might be a good lead in to tryout week for winter sports.

I have a favorite quote that is particularly applicable when it comes to training kids.

“prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child”

The reality is that you will not always be there to pave the way for your child, fix things, argue with coaches etc. etc. Kids will grow into adults and experience grumpy co-workers and mean bosses. Constantly insulating kids from difficult situations and consistently cleaning up the mess they create defeats the purpose of sport.

Sport is about learning to succeed and to fail, not just to succeed. Sports should primarily provide life lessons. If the life lesson learned from sport is that Mom and Dad can and will fix everything, later life will be difficult. If the lesson is that school is something you have to do but sports are what is really important than, be prepared for some really big problems down the road.

Youth sports has become all about success and scholarships instead of about learning and sportsmanship. I have some bad news for all the parents out there. Your child more than likely won’t get a scholarship. If he or she does get a scholarship, they probably won’t make the pros. I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade, I’m just a realist.

I have more bad news. Those parents who consistently prepare the path for the child by confronting teachers and coaches, changing teams, changing leagues and changing schools are making life-long losers out of their children.

Remember the purpose of sport is to teach kids about success and about failure. The failure lessons may in fact be more important than the successes. Everyone wants their child to succeed, it’s universal, it’s part of being a parent. However, it is when we attempt to alter the normal path that we screw things up. Protecting your child from difficult situations only delays lessons that are very necessary. Failures experienced at twenty one are far more painful than those experienced at ten or twelve. You don’t do your child a service by protecting them, you do them a disservice.

Remember you are a parent. You are not a friend, a manager, or an agent. Your job is to help create a competent, capable adult, not a dysfunctional child.

My mother had a wonderful saying on our wall when I was a child. It said “Children learn What they Live”. The same one hangs in my kitchen now. If you consistently prepare the path for the child you postpone the inevitable. The key is value education. Teach your children what is really important. Teach hard work, commitment, loyalty and dedication.

The next time you make a decision involving your child’s sport or sports, ask yourself “Am I preparing the child for the path or the path for the child”. This simple step will guide your decision making every time.

900,000 Views

Posted in Uncategorized on November 14, 2012 by mboyle1959

Monday I broke 900,000 views. I love these little milestones. The reach and power of blogging amazes me. Thanks to Anthony Renna for telling me I had to start a blog and then for encouraging me when I got lazy/ discouraged.

Why Crossfit May Not Be Good For You

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, Media, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females with tags on November 12, 2012 by mboyle1959

Let’s face it, Crossfit is a controversial topic in the world of strength and conditioning. Crossfit gyms are springing up all over the world. They are cheap and easy to open, with only a weekend certification and a few thousand dollars worth of equipment. This appeals to many newcomers to the fitness business. You can be part of a rapidly growing trend and you can do it without great expense. I am not a Crossfit fan so some might view this piece as yellow journalism. I will try to keep my personal opinions to myself and deal with what is generally agreed upon as safe in strength and conditioning.

First, a little background. To be honest, I knew very little about Crossfit until I was contacted by representatives of SOMA, the Special Operations Medical Association, in 2005. Crossfit was their concern, not mine. I was asked to come to the SOMA meeting in Tampa, Florida to discuss training special operations soldiers. At a panel discussion in 2005 I offered answers to questions asked about Crossfit and the controversy began.

What follows is not from the SOMA meeting but, my thoughts since.

Major Question 1- Is planned randomization a valid concept. Crossfit is based on the idea that the workouts are planned but deliberately random. I think that the term planned randomization is an oxymoron. Workouts are either planned or random. I believe strongly that workouts should be planned and that a specific progression should be followed to prevent injury.

Major Question 2- Is Training to Failure Safe? Because Crossfit is, at it’s heart, a competitive or self-competitive program it becomes necessary to train to failure. There are two layers or problem here. One is the simple question of whether training to failure is beneficial to the trainee. Some strength and conditioning experts believe training to failure is beneficial, others caution against. I must admit that I like training to failure. However, this brings up the larger question of what constitutes failure. Strength and Conditioning Coach Charles Poliquin (another non-Crossfit fan) popularized the term “technical failure” and, this is the definition that we adhere to. Technical failure occurs not when the athlete or client is no longer capable of doing the exercise but, when the athlete or client can no longer do the exercise with proper technique. In training beyond technical failure the stress shifts to tissues that were not, and probably should not, be the target of the exercise.

The third layer of the training to failure question relates to what movements lend themselves to training to failure. In the area of “generally agreed as safe”, high velocity movements like Olympic lifts and jumps are not generally done to failure and never should be taken beyond technical failure. Is it one bad rep versus multiple bad reps? How many bad reps is too many?

Major Question 3- Is an overuse injury ( generally an injury caused by repeated exposure to light loads), different from an overstress injury ( an injury caused by exposure to heavy loads). Both are injuries. The first is overuse, the second is trauma. In my mind injuries are injuries, period.

Major Question 4- Should adults be Olympic lifters? I don’t think that Olympic lifts are for adults. Most adults can’t get their arms safely over their head once much less fifty times with load. The other question that begs to be asked is should anyone do high rep Olympic lifts. I know the best Olympic lifters in the world say no.

With all that said believe it or not my biggest problem is actually less with the actual workouts than it is with the false bravado and character assassination of dissenters. The community can be pretty venomous when you question Coach Glassman or Crossfit. In fact, I know I will get angry emails from this piece.

The Crossfit community is also filled with people who tell you that injury is a normal part of the training process. I have spoken up against endurance athletes who willingly hurt themselves and to me, this is no different than the current Crossfit controversy.

I know that this post will generate more controversy but, Crossfit might be the most controversial and polarizing topic in strength and conditioning since HIT training.

The Most Competitive Sport in America

Posted in Media, Random Thoughts, Training, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , on November 9, 2012 by mboyle1959

Every week or so I want to highlight another gem from Joe Ehrmann’s Inside Out Coaching. I truly hope everyone who works with kids reads this book and encourages every parent who has a child in youth sports to read it. I hope it becomes a New York Times Best Seller. It is that important.

Very simple. The most competitive sport in America is…. drum roll please… parenting.