Archive for November, 2013

More Scary Environmental Stuff

Posted in MBSC News, Media, Nutrition, Random Thoughts with tags on November 26, 2013 by mboyle1959

Read this piece on the number one use of corn. The number one calories source in our diet and, guess what else…

The Number One Use of Corn

Saturday Morning Motivation- Show This to Your Team!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 23, 2013 by mboyle1959

I’ve been lucky enough to share some amazing video with all of you. Please watch this one. Just click the link. You won’t be sorry.

I Have a New Hero- Read This

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2013 by mboyle1959

I teared up as I read this. Absolutely amazing. Next time one of my athletes complains, I’ll resist the urge to strangle them and ask them to read this.

John Gillooly- Classical High’s Kicker Won’t Be Denied

I Dan John’d Him

Posted in Uncategorized on November 20, 2013 by mboyle1959

I had a post on my Facebook page in response to this video on teaching the squat. The person posting said “I Dan John’ed him” and it worked. What he meant was he tried the Goblet Squat and it made a big change. Click the link to see how.



The Cost of Development?

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18, 2013 by mboyle1959

Great article from the folks at USA Hockey on development.

How Much Should Development Cost?

Squats for Subway Tickets? We Need This in the US!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 17, 2013 by mboyle1959

How cool is this. Thanks to my friend Dave Trevino.

A Great Cause- Did You Get Your Shirt Yet?

Posted in Uncategorized on November 15, 2013 by mboyle1959


They are doing some great things at InnerCity Weightlifting.

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Strength Training- The Fountain of Youth

Posted in Uncategorized on November 15, 2013 by mboyle1959

Originally Written in 2009

Ponce de Leon searched for it. Plastic surgeons try to reverse the appearance of aging. However until now there really was no fountain of youth. The fountain of youth was thought to be a myth. The reality is it’s not about drinking from the fountain but, lifting the bricks the fountain is made of.

Researchers at McMaster University ( yes, the same school that brought us our landmark interval study), have made an amazing discovery. A research team led by Dr Simon Melov from McMaster University Medical Centre in Hamilton, Ontario studied muscle tissue at the cellular level via biopsy . The study compared the muscle tissue of a group of twenty-five subjects over sixty five to a group of subjects with an average age of twenty two. The over-sixty-five group strength trained two days a week for six months and the biopsies were repeated. The results were nothing short of astounding. At a cellular level the muscle tissue had changed. Nearly one third of the sixty-five year old tissue had undergone a genetic change and now resembled the tissue of the twenty-two year old group.

Dr. Simon Melov, Director of Genomics at the Buck Institute in Novato, California stated, “The genetic fingerprint (of the elderly participants) was reversed to that of younger people — not entirely, but enough to say that their genetic profile was more like that of young people than old people,” said.

In other words, strength training had in effect reversed the effects of aging. Gerontologists have been studying the aging process and are always looking for ways to reverse the aging process. Much of the research has centered on passive modes using hormones etc.. It now appears that passive methods have less of a future than good old fashioned hard work.

Many in the field have pointed to the benefits of strength training for the elderly however, the evidence has never been so clear and pointed.

The results of the study appear in the May 23 edition of the on-line, open access journal PLoS One.


Only One Body

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, Random Thoughts, Training on November 13, 2013 by mboyle1959

( the following is reprinted for a third time. Back in 2009 I might get a few hundred views. This time I might get a few thousand. I’m not sure where I posted it first by this is the third time on this site.)

Imagine you are sixteen years old and your parents give you your first car. They also give you simple instructions. There is one small hitch, you only get one car, you can never get another. Never. No trade-ins, no trade-ups. Nothing.

Ask your self how would you maintain that car? My guess is you would be meticulous. Frequent oil changes, proper fuel, etc. Now imagine if your parents also told you that none of the replacement parts for this car would ever work as well as the original parts. Not only that, the replacement parts would be expensive to install and cause you to have decreased use of your car for the rest of the cars useful life? In other words, the car would continue to run but, not at the same speed and with the efficiency you were used to.

Wow, now would we ever put a lot of time and effort into maintenance if that were the case.

After reading the above example ask yourself another question. Why is the human body different? Why do we act as if we don’t care about the one body we were given. Same deal. You only get one body. No returns or trade-ins. Sure, we can replace parts but boy it’s a lot of work and it hurts. Besides, the stuff they put in never works as well as the original “factory” parts. The replacement knee or hip doesn’t give you the same feel and performance as the original part.

Think about it. One body. You determine the mileage? You set the maintenance plan?

No refunds, no warranties, no do-overs?

How about this perspective? One of my clients is a very successful businessman. He often is asked to speak to various groups. One thing he tells every group is that you are going to spend time and money on your health. The truth is the process can be a proactive one or a reactive one. Money spent on your health can take the form of a personal trainer, massage therapist and a gym membership or, it can be money spent on cardiologists, anesthesiologists, and plastic surgeons. Either way, you will spend money.

Same goes for time. You can go to the gym or, to the doctors office. It’s up to you. Either way, you will spend time. Some people say things like “I hate to work out”. Try sitting in the emergency room for a few hours and then get back to me. Working out may not seem so bad. Much like a car, a little preventative maintenance can go a long way. However, in so many ways the body is better than a car. With some good hard work you can turn back the odometer on the body. I wrote an article a while back ( Strength Training- The Fountain of Youth) that discussed a study done by McMaster University which showed that muscle tissue of older subjects actually changed at the cellular level and looked more like the younger control subjects after strength training.

Do me a favor, spend some time on preventative maintenance, it beats the heck out of the alternative. Just remember, you will spend both time and money.

The Return of the MBSC Winter Seminar

Posted in Uncategorized on November 11, 2013 by mboyle1959

January 18th, 2014 marks the return of the MBSC Winter Seminar. This year we were lucky enough to convince Bill Knowles to be our featured speaker. Bill was a big hit at both the BSMPG Seminar and the Perform Better Summit. My goal for this seminar is to bring in someone that I want to learn from every year and Bill fits that description to a tee.

In the past we have gone from 12-5 PM but, our additional space allows us to make this an all day event.

MBSC  Winter Seminar Schedule

Morning Workout 7:30-8:30 AM

– Join the MBSC staff for a morning workout session.

Speakers 9 AM-4 PM

9-11 Michael Boyle- The MBSC Training System- Training Smarter, Not Harder

11-12 Kevin Carr/ Brendon Rearick- MBSC Exercise Progression System

1:30-3:30  Bill Knowles- Reconditioning- A Performance Based Model for Injured Athletes

4-5 PM Choose 1  ( these are not rotating practicals but one hour sessions)

Rehab Q+A w/ Bill Knowles

Training Q+A w/ Mike Boyle

Basic Kettlebells ( hands on)- w/ Ana Tocco and Sam Dadd

Basics of Olympic Lifting ( hands on) MBSC Staff

Exercise Progressions- Brendon Rearick/ Kevin Carr

Cost $125 before Dec 15, $149 after


In addition we will be running a mentorship January 14-17. You can combo the mentorship and seminar for the mentorship price. Mentorship includes seminar admission.