Archive for March, 2014

A Strength Question?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 18, 2014 by mboyle1959

Got this question from a reader and thought I’d make the answer a post.

Q- “When you are in the strength phase for a specific sport that doesn’t require you to be brutally strong(basketball, baseball,tennis) would you train to be as strong as possible(how they do in football) or would you still stay fundamentally sound?”

A- The reason I wanted to answer this as a separate post is that I think we can address a couple of strength and conditioning misconceptions in one post.

If we read above,  the first assumption/ question is should you train to be strong in sports that might not appear to require maximum strength.  The answer to that would be a resounding yes. The bigger question relates to the question we pose frequently in seminars, “How strong is strong?”, or “what defines strong”?

All athletes should train to be as strong as possible, period. There may be rare exceptions but, they are few and far between.

The second issue relates to the “how they do it in football” part of the question. This relates to how we define strong. I don’t define strong by back squat or bench press. I define strong first by the ability to handle bodyweight.

Can you do a good pushup? 

How about 10 chin-ups? 

How about a one leg squat?

The simple answer is it’s not that simple.

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GMO’s- Ban Them or Label Them?

Posted in Fat Loss, Media, Nutrition, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , on March 14, 2014 by mboyle1959

Genetically modified foods are a huge concern these days. Should they be banned or just labelled?

Read this and see what you think?

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_29448.cfm

Shopping Last Night- A Trip AROUND the Store

Posted in Uncategorized on March 13, 2014 by mboyle1959

We all know the key to shopping is to stay out of the aisles. All the grain ladened stuff that can last forever is in the aisles. Stuff that can go bad ( but is good for you) is on the perimeter.

Our trip to the store yielded lots of staples ( I know the Bud Light is a wheat product but, we all have weaknesses).

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Lots of quality protein including:

Australian Grass Fed Rib Eye, Canadian Bacon, Ground Bison, and Greek Yogurt. Also, Organic Milk. Our nutrition is far from perfect but, quick perimeter trips definitely help.

The Value of Sleep

Posted in Uncategorized on March 12, 2014 by mboyle1959

Great post about the value of sleep. I know personally I’ve struggled with the issue of decreasing sleep to increase work and I know it’s a mistake. You only have two big recovery methods. One is eating, the other is sleeping.

Here’s an excerpt

“One of the easiest ways to gauge whether you’ve slept enough is to assess your level of sleepiness the next day. For example, if you had the opportunity, would you be able to take a nap? Do you need caffeine to keep you going? Answering yes to these two questions would indicate you need more and/or better sleep.”

Take a second and read.

PodCast with Robbie Bourke- Audio University

Posted in Uncategorized on March 10, 2014 by mboyle1959

Here’s a link to a podcast I just completed with Robbie Bourke from Ireland in preparation for our upcoming Ireland Seminar on March 29.

Episode 41- All Things Strength and Wellness- Interview w/ Michael Boyle

http://robbiebourke.podbean.com/2014/03/07/episode-41-interview-with-mike-boyle/

Another Great Read

Posted in Random Thoughts with tags , on March 7, 2014 by mboyle1959

A few weeks ago I wrote a post called Earners are Learners. The post originated from the book Aspire- Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words.  I always think the best recommendation for a book is when I buy it for my staff. I bought 25 copies of Aspire for my staff and just counted over 30 dog eared pages in my copy. If you don’t have an Amazon account, open one today and make Aspire your first purchase.

More Vitamin D Evidence

Posted in Uncategorized on March 6, 2014 by mboyle1959

Here’s another article from the Mercola Files about the value of supplemental Vitamin D. I struggle to see why the anti-supplement can’t see what seems to be overwhelming evidence?

Vitamin D

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/01/02/vitamin-d-deficiency-depression.aspx?e_cid=20140102Z1_PRNL_art_1&utm_source=prmrnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20140102Z1&et_cid=DM37165&et_rid=386344557