Archive for January, 2013

What’s Happening at

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2013 by mboyle1959

I hope all is well with you.  Here is an update on What’s Happening at

First, we have added some great features:

Favorites Bar- You can now have a place to store your favorite articles, videos webinars and podcasts!  Check out this video on how to use it.

Comment On and Rate Articles– You can now comment on an article by clicking on the “Comment” box under “Share your thoughts on this:” on the bottom of the articles. Check it out here.

View Your Transaction History–  If you need a receipt, you can view your “Transaction History” under Member Resources on the left hand side.

We have a lot of great new content:

-We have posted 3 new webinars
– We have a great New Year’s Special Series with some of the best Coaches on the planet
– A new article from me on how PRI has changed our thinking
– A new audio lecture from the good folks at
– much more

Latest Articles, Videos, Audio Interviews and Webinars

New Year Special Series  

To kick off 2013 we share a New Years Special Series. We asked many different strength coaches and trainers one simple question: “What is one thing you’ve changed your mind about in the past year?” We left it open-ended, so answers could be about anything.We got answers from Dan John, Brett Klika, Jim Reeves, Jim Keilbaso, Patrick Ward, Dan Gableman, Lou Schuler and Devan McConnell.
Check them out here.
Michael Boyle
I have been talking about the Postural Restoration Institute for the last few episodes of the podcast, and this article really sums up how we have changed what we have been doing at MBSC.
 Next Level
Justin Levine

Great article from Justin that discusses different ways to reach the next level.  A must read..

3 New Webinars!
Mixed Method Approach to Power Development
– Nick Winkelman

The Role of Stress Resistance in Athletic Performance and Program Design- Part 1“- Pat Ward

Facts and Fallacies of Corrective Exercise” -Mike Robertson Audio Lecture
Movement Variability– Guido Van Ryssegem
You’ve heard of heart rate variability, but are you aware of the concept of movement variability? In this lecture, Guido Van Ryssegem covers what that means and how it affects us.

In the Forums

Advanced Forum

This thread has gotten a ton of play.   Very interesting discussion.

Beginner Forum

This is a discussion that is gaining steam and I am sure it will get a lot of responses very soon.
The Strength Coach Podcast

Hit The Gym With a Strength Coach-
Wil Fleming, owner of Force Fitness and creator of “Complete Olympic Lifting”, is on to talk about all things Olympic Lifting

The Coaches Corner with Coach Boyle

Coach Boyle talks about his thoughts going into the 2nd season with the Red Sox;  Meeting clients where they are; a forum thread about power called “Lifting Fast”,  and the forum thread “The rationale behind 15 seconds on, 15 seconds off”.

Ask the Equipment Experts with Perform Better-

Erin McGirr joins us to talk about the Full catalog of Videos on Demand, as well as some new products called Sandbag Pods and Sandbag Rolls.

 The Business of Fitness with Results Fitness University- Mike Wunsch explains “Quality vs. Quantity”

The Functional Movement Systems Segment

Lee Burton is on to clarify the the way the FMS screens are supposed to be done.  This is Part 3 of a 3-part series, where Lee talks about the Rotary Stability and Trunk Stability Push Up screens.

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Colonoscopy- Everybody’s 50th Birthday Gift- REPOST

Posted in Fat Loss, Nutrition, Random Thoughts with tags on January 29, 2013 by mboyle1959

I originally wrote this in 2010 but in honor of dear friends colonoscopy I will repost.

The other day I finally got around to getting my doctors gift for my fiftieth birthday.  It’s really great. You go in for your annual check up and the doctor ( in my case a very nice nurse practioner) says “hey guess what, for your birthday I’m going to let one of my colleagues stick a camera up your rear end”.  What fun. Now I know it’s a very necessary preventative screening but, that did not build my anticipation. So for your reading pleasure I’m going to give you the details I know you so badly don’t want.

A colonscopy is a good news- bad news deal. The good news. I didn’t feel a thing. I remember being asked to roll over on my side and then I remember seeing my wife and the nurse saying I could go home. The other part of the good news. Mild sedation is a “roofie” or something very similar. They say you are awake and can respond to commands. I guess if they say so it was true. I do not remember a thing. Strangely I awoke fully dressed. No idea how I got that way. I considered myself on a need-to-know basis.

The bad news. THE PREP. The prep is a polite euphemism for a colon cleansing. They need clear pictures so they want you to get anything out of the way. The prep involves drinking something that can only be described as lemon flavored DRANO. The next 12 hours is interesting. By the last hour you will feel as if you are deficating napalm or the equivalent. Real fun stuff.

The scary part about this test is that you could wake up and find that you have cancer. In my case the results were good. The second showing is luckily 10 years in the future for my sixtieth. Believe me it is not something I am looking forward to. I will tell you not to put off the test. The evidence is clear that early detection is key. Survival rates are in the 60% range and early dectection  ups that number.  Lots of men die from a combination of laziness, fear and stupidity. Don’t be one of them.

Last but not least, I am here to tell you that the commercial for colon cleansing that says you have twenty five pounds of “spackle” in your colon is a lie. I weighed in at the end of the PREP and was exactly one pound lighter, not twenty five.

Wheat Belly?

Posted in Fat Loss, Media, Nutrition, Random Thoughts with tags on January 28, 2013 by mboyle1959

Wheat Belly is a thought provoking, and maybe a life-changing, book. I know the former is true and will be able to tell more about the latter as time passes. What I do know is that grains, primarily corn and wheat, seem to be at the collective roots of nutritional evil. What I also know is that something has drastically changed in my lifetime. As a child I ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day and did not know one child allergic to peanuts, and knew no one with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Now I know many parents who fear peanuts on a plane or an outbreak of gastric distress after a pasta meal. Something has clearly gone wrong in the last 20 years and denying it is foolish. I find myself further on the fringe of nutrition as I search for help for clients and parents looking for nutritional guidance. I also find myself embracing a Paleo concept I once found foolish, as it seems to encompass what I increasingly believe to be true.

To properly frame a book like Wheat Belly will take some time. In author Dr. William Davis’ own words, “declaring wheat to be a malicious food is like declaring that Ronald Reagan was a communist” but as Davis goes on to state “I will make a case that the world’s most popular grain is also the world’s most destructive dietary ingredient”.

On page six Davis says “the sad truth is that the proliferation of wheat products in the American diets parallels the expansion of our waists.” Worse yet, Davis describes wheat as having addictive properties, “wheat is addictive and to some people addictive to the point of obsession”. (p44). All I could think of was why I could eat an entire pizza or consume an entire bag of cookies. Davis goes on to describe some people’s wheat “addiction” and subsequent withdrawal symptoms.

“”I’ve personally witnessed hundreds of people report extreme fatigue, mental fog, irritability… in the first several days to weeks after eliminating wheat. Complete relief is achieved by eating a bagel or a cupcake …. It’s a vicious circle; Abstain from a substance and a distinctly unpleasant experience ensues; resume it, the unpleasantness ceases- that sounds a lot like addiction and withdrawal to me.” In addition to the addictive properties there is at least a casual link between wheat and both schizophrenia and autism (p 47). Pretty amazing for a much advertised health food.

Davis describes wheat as an appetite stimulant. “it (wheat) makes you want more- more cookies, cupcakes, pretzels, candy soft drinks…” Davis also ties in the increase in wheat consumption to a rapid increase in obesity in the 80’s. “The cornerstone of the nutritional guidance the last twenty years? Eat more grain! This a by-product of the low fat idea. Reduce fat and, fill in the gap with easily attainable carbs. The whole low-fat, more grain message also proved enormously profitable for the processed food industry. It triggered an explosion of processed food products, most requiring just a few pennies worth of basic materials. “ (p 59)

Davis also makes a distinction that I am not sure is true. Davis describes the “wheat belly” or abdominal fat as being an outgrowth of visceral fat. In Davis’s opinion visceral fat is the result of “months to years of repeated cycles of high blood sugar and high blood insulin, followed by insulin driven fat deposition”. ( p60-61) In addition Davis notes the not so casual relationship of abdominal girth ( the wheat belly) and mortality.

The key seems to be that wheat actually increases blood sugar faster than table sugar based on glycemic index. Another key point that Davis makes that should not be overlooked is that the only foods that increase blood sugar faster than wheat are those same foods used to make all the gluten free alternatives ( p 63). The biggest thing I think what I learned as a reader was that we need to avoid wheat, not eat gluten free. Gluten free is in no-way synonymous with healthy but, avoiding wheat may be.

The flip side to Davis’s argument comes from Lourdes Castro at

“Since gluten exists primarily in wheat and refined wheat is found in most low-nutrient processed food, eliminating gluten removes a lot of potential junk food from the diet. This dietary improvement–not the lack of gluten–is what makes athletes or anyone else feel and perform better.”
Either way, Wheat Belly is great food for thought, no pun intended. ( I almost said no bun intended but thought that would be cheap humor).

One Million Views

Posted in MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training on January 27, 2013 by mboyle1959

As you read this today this blog will pass one million views. Currently we are just over 999,000. I want to thank everyone who has read or subscribed over the past few years. When Anthony Renna encouraged me to blog I never envisioned one million views or the impact these views would have on the field.

A Good reason to Turn Off the TV

Posted in Media, Nutrition, Random Thoughts, Training, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , on January 20, 2013 by mboyle1959

Even though this might be really obvious, read it anyway. Kids that watch lots of TV end up fat and slow.

The Biggest Loser- The Worst Thing to Happen to Fitness This Decade

Posted in Fat Loss, Guest Authors, Media, Nutrition, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags on January 15, 2013 by mboyle1959

Bottom line. This show is an awful testament to everything wrong in our profession. The network should be ashamed. This is a great article. Thanks Dr. Freedhoff.

Even More Small Game Support

Posted in Guest Authors, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , , on January 14, 2013 by mboyle1959

I wanted to title this Same Sh _ _ , different day. Seems most good coaches in every sport are saying the same thing. Take a minute and read this piece on Box Lacrosse vs. Field Lacrosse. Of course, the evidence once again shows that the small game produces the better players. Unfortunately in the US the idiot parents insist that everything be done on a “real” surface. I guess we can take some solace in knowing that it’s not just hockey parents that are crazy.

Is Box Lacrosse the Key to Success?

The Curse of Knowledge?

Posted in Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , on January 11, 2013 by mboyle1959

How could knowledge be a curse? Don’t we talk at length about the value of continuing education?

Unfortunately, knowledge can be both a blessing and a curse. In fact, too much knowledge can sometimes actually make you a bad teacher. How many times have you taken a class or heard a lecture by an expert in a field and left confused?

The speaker has The Curse of Knowledge.

In the book Made to Stick, the authors describe a very simple study done at Stanford in 1996 by Elizabeth Newton which serves as a perfect illustration for The Curse of Knowledge.

Newton divided the study participants into two groups: tappers and listeners. The tappers were given a song to “tap out” on the top of the desk. These were simple songs like Happy Birthday and The Star Spangled Banner. The listener’s job was to try to recognize the song. The tapper tapped out the song on the desk top while the listeners listened. Pretty simple, except for the fact that the tappers had The Curse of Knowledge. They knew the song and could hear it in their heads. The listeners had no such knowledge. The interesting thing about the study was that tappers thought that listeners would get the song right fifty percent of the time, but in actuality, listeners only got the title of the song two percent of the time. The tappers (think teachers) were frustrated because they knew the answer to the “test”. They also couldn’t understand how the listener (student) could not “get it”.

Now just substitute teacher for tapper and student for listener, or coach and player, or boss and employee. Look at the numbers. Fifty percent expected but two percent results. These stats make how we run practice , how we teach or, how we run our staff training seem really important. This study explained so much to me. It explained why I say KISS so much. Keep It Simple S _ _ _ _ _. What I really am saying is remember the listeners. Don’t strive to show how smart you are, instead, strive to show what a great teacher you are. I now believe the key to KISS is to strive to MISS ( Make It Simple S _ _ _ _ _). We need to keep it simple for our staff, students, or team by making it simple. We need to make sure that the Curse of Knowledge does not frustrate us and our students, players, or employees.

I always tell my coaches that if it appears that the group is not grasping a concept, back up and say “let me explain that again. I must have done a bad job explaining it the first time”. This puts the onus on the teacher, coach or boss. Sven Nater, one of John Wooden’s prize pupils, wrote a book entitled You Haven’t Taught Me Until I’ve Learned. It is an excellent title. We must realize that we have not taught until someone has learned and that our knowledge can often be a detriment not a benefit. Understanding The Curse of Knowledge is the key to great instruction in any field.

Top 40 Fitness Pros for 2012

Posted in MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized on January 8, 2013 by mboyle1959

I thought this was an “interesting” list. At least I wasn’t at the bottom? What do you think?

Five Things to Help Avoid Going Over the Physical Cliff

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5, 2013 by mboyle1959

I wrote these quickly yesterday for my buddy Hank Morse to use on the radio but, thought they be worth sharing.

1- Unlike the government you can simply turn around and start walking back. That will help.

2- As you turn around and walk, make sure to pass by all fast food restaurants, donut shops etc.

3- Then make like a lawyer and pass the bar ( do not stop even for one)
4- Once you are safely away from the edge find a gym to take refuge in.
5- Last, make some friends at the gym so you will want to go back.