Archive for April, 2013

Kids Just Need Play

Posted in MBSC News, Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Youth Training with tags on April 30, 2013 by mboyle1959

Kids just need to play. I know this sounds simple but as adults, we want to organize play. We want structure, and coaching. All the things we crave as adults. Kids don’t need or want much of this. To paraphrase Cindi Lauper, kids just want to have fun.

This is why I love the TPI Cyclone Circuit idea. I call it the ADD Olympics. My son loves it. We often go to the gym in the winter  and pass a tennis ball with a cut down hockey stick, then we play off-the-wall, then we kick a soccer ball, then we make an obstacle course with jumps, sled pushes etc. He thinks it’s fun.

I never coach. I simply let him “play” and as he plays, he develops multiple motor skills. As coaches we see that a kid needs mobility, strength etc and we start coaching and teaching. However, this is like watching a kid do his times tables and saying “he needs more Algebra”, “he can’t do Algebra” . Any intelligent teacher would say “he/she is not ready for that yet”. I think we sometimes miss that part in the fitness and strength and conditioning worlds.

Kids just need to move and develop a wide range of basic skills. They don’t need “coaching”. They need a wide range of experiences that touch a wide range of areas. Experience is king, competency comes much later. You can’t refine a skill you don’t have and attempting to do so just turns kids off to activity.

How much is too much? Your kids will let you know. When my son say “lets kick the soccer ball now” we do.

Great Time Management Tips

Posted in Guest Authors, Media, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags on April 27, 2013 by mboyle1959

My friend Alwyn Cosgrove sent me this link and, the info was both accurate and funny.

Penelope Trunk hits the nail right on the head when she calls out Tim Ferris as a phony. I have never met him but, I have also never met anyone successful who works four hours a week.

Like Penelope I also hate the “I am only checking email twice a day” auto-responder. Like I care how many times you check email. Those auto-responders reek of a combination of self-importance and insecurity.

What they really should say is “I only check email twice a day. I am sending this email so will you will see how incredibly busy and successful I am. I do this to illustrate  my great insecurity and my need to make sure you know that I am really successful “.

Ok, I get it. You’re big time.

Thanks Penelope for hitting the nail on the head, hard. I just subscribed to your blog.

Rachel Cosgrove’s New Book

Posted in Fat Loss, Media, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized with tags , , on April 25, 2013 by mboyle1959

Just wanted to give everyone the Amazon link to Rachel Cosgroves new book, Drop Two Sizes. I love the Cosgrove’s as people and as writers so be sure to check it out if you train female clients ( and maybe even if you don’t).

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1609614631/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1366758908&sr=8-1&pi=SL75

25 Mistakes 25 Years

Posted in Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training with tags , on April 23, 2013 by mboyle1959

Originally Published: Saturday, 14 April 2007 at www.t-nation.com. Many of my readers think this is the best thing I have ever written.

This year I’ll enter my twenty-fifth year as a strength and conditioning coach. Last month I watched Barbara Walters celebrate her thirtieth year with a special called “30 Mistakes in 30 Years.” I’m going to celebrate my twenty-fifth anniversary by telling you my top twenty-five mistakes. Hopefully I’ll save you some time, pain, and injury. Experience is a wonderful but impatient teacher. And unfortunately, our experiences in strength and conditioning sometimes hurt people besides us.

Mistake #1: Knowing it all.

I love Oscar Wilde’s quote, “I’m much too old to know everything.” Omniscience is reserved for the young. As the old saying goes, you have one mouth and two ears for a reason. I’d take it a step further and say the ratio is four to one: two eyes, two ears, and one mouth.

To continue down the cliché road, how about this one: “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” When I was young I had many answers and few questions. I knew the best way to do everything. Now that I’m older I’m not sure if I even know a good way to do anything.

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Please Read This

Posted in Guest Authors, Random Thoughts on April 1, 2013 by mboyle1959

I’m not even sure if this a true story or an urban legend. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you read it to your kids!



One day, when I was a freshman in high school,


I saw a kid from my class walking home from school.


His name was Kyle.




It looked like he was carrying all of his books.




I thought to myself, ‘Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday?




He must really be a nerd.’




I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.






As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him.




They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt.




His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him…




He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes.




My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye.




As I handed him his glasses, I said, ‘Those guys are jerks.’ 







They really should get lives.




’ He looked at me and said, ‘Hey thanks!’




There was a big smile on his face.




It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude.




I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived.




As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before.




He said he had gone to private school before now.




I would have never hung out with a private school kid before.




We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books.




He turned out to be a pretty cool kid.




I asked him if he wanted to play a little football
 with my friends.




He said yes.




We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him.




Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again.




I stopped him and said, ‘Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!




’ He just laughed and handed me half the books.




Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends.




When we were seniors we began to think about college.




Kyle decided on Georgetown and I was going to Duke.




I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never 
be a problem.




He was going to be a doctor and I was going for business on a football scholarship.




Kyle was valedictorian of our class.




I teased him all the time about being a nerd.




He had to prepare a speech for graduation.




I was so glad it wasn’t me having to get up there and speak.




Graduation day, I saw Kyle.




He looked great.




He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school..




He filled out and actually looked good in glasses.



He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him.




Boy, sometimes I was jealous!




Today was one of those days.




I could see that he was nervous about his speech.




So, I smacked him on the back and said, ‘Hey, big guy, you’ll be great!’




He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled….




’ Thanks,’ he said.




As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began…




’Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years.




Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach…but mostly your friends….




I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them.




I am going to tell you a story.’




I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the first day we met.




He had planned to kill himself over the weekend.




He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn’t have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home.




He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile.




’Thankfully, I was saved.




My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable.’




I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment.




I saw his Mom and Dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile.




Not until that moment did I realize it’s depth.




Never underestimate the power of your actions.




With one small gesture you can change a person’s life.




For better or for worse.