Archive for November, 2014

Is Crossfit Good for Business?

Posted in MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized on November 14, 2014 by mboyle1959

At this weeks staff meeting I told our staff that Crossfit might be the best thing that ever happened to our business. Everyone looked at me like I was crazy. Let me take a minute and explain a few reasons why I think Crossfit is good for MBSC.

1- Crossfit gets people training with multi-joint exercises and intervals. Good

2- Crossfit provides an inexpensive barrier to entry. Good

3- Crossfit gets people injured. Good? I’ll explain later

4- Crossfit has a huge promotional relationship with Reebok. Good?

Here’s how I see it. People try Crossfit and like it. Then people get injured doing it and look for a better alternative. They find places like MBSC that at least ,to the uninitiated, look similar to Crossfit ( think multi-joint exercises and intervals). They often don’t know the difference initially except they don’t get injured.

Reebok runs adds for “The Sport of Fitness”. The Reebok ads look like they could be for MBSC. The Reebok ads feature multi-joint exercises with perfect technique. That sounds like MBSC ( except we have a mix of young and old, fit and not fit). We don’t see anyone collapse. We don’t see anyone with lousy technique. We don’t see any vomit or bloody hands?

Sometimes you need to look at the glass at least as half full.

18 People to Follow in the Hockey World.

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Media, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , , , on November 14, 2014 by mboyle1959

Nice post for those looking for training information. And yes, it doesn’t hurt that I’m first on the list or that my friends Kevin Neeld, Anthony Donskov, Sean Skahan, and Maria Mountain are on the list.

18 People to Follow in the Hockey World



Single Leg Squats?

Posted in Injuries, MBSC News, Media, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags on November 11, 2014 by mboyle1959

Take a look at this video about troubleshooting single leg squats.

Never Eat Alone

Posted in Guest Authors, Media with tags , on November 10, 2014 by mboyle1959

Jason Ferrugia recommended Never Eat Alone and I owe him a thank you. Keith Ferrazzi has written the How to Win Friends for the digital age. I would put this in the “must read” category. For my own benefit I like to write down some highlights from the books I read so, I thought I’d share a few of them with you. “Ultimately everyone has to ask himself or herself how they’re going to fail… The choice isn’t between success and failure, it’s between choosing risk and striving for greatness, or risking nothing and being certain of mediocrity” p 52 On becoming a speaker- first have something to say, second, get to know the event organizers, third ask to speak during lunch or at an off time. P. 122 On success- from Thomas Harrell Stanford University. Success of MBA’s was linked to “verbal fluency”, not GPA. P 153-154 Advice from Greg Seal “ stop driving yourself- and everyone else- crazy by thinking about how to make yourself successful. Start thinking about how you are going to make everyone around you successful”. P 185 On content creation and becoming an expert- “content creators are in high demand. They get promotions, They’re responsible for big ideas….. The recipe seems straightforward: I’d latch onto the latest, most cutting edge idea in the business world. I’d immerse myself in it, getting to know all the thought leaders pushing the idea and all the literature available…. Becoming an expert was the easy part. I simply did what experts do: I taught, wrote and spoke about my experience.” P 279 On strengths weaknesses- “ The trick is not to work obsessively on the skils and talents you lack, but to focus and cultivate your strengths so your weaknesses matter less. I’d apply the 80-20 rule, in that you should spend some time getting better at your weaknesses but really focus on building your strengths”. P 282 On you as your brand- You’ve got to become your own PR firm… Take on the projects no one wants at work. Don’t ask for more pay until you’ve made yourself invaluable. Get on convention panels. Write articles for online publications… send emails filled with creative ideas…” . p 296 On famous clients- “Just remember that famous and powerful people are first and foremost people: They’re proud, sad, insecure, and if you help them … they will be appreciative”. P 321 On choosing friends and associates- “ Dr. David McClelland of Harvard researched the qualities and characteristics of high achievers on our society. What he found out was that the your choice of a reference group, the people you hung out with, was an important factor in determining your success or failure”. Closing- “Remember that love, reciprocity and knowledge are not like bank accounts that grow smaller as you use them. Creativity begets more creativity, money begets more money, knowledge begets more knowledge, more friends beget more friends, success begets even more success. More important, giving begets more giving. At know time in history has the law of abundance been more apparent than in this connected age…”

Is Sport Specific Training a Myth?

Posted in MBSC News, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags on November 7, 2014 by mboyle1959

Take a look at this article and see what your thoughts are. I’d love to see some comments.

Is Sports Specific Training a Myth?


Nice Interview on MBSC

Posted in Guest Authors, Injuries, MBSC News, Media, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags on November 6, 2014 by mboyle1959

Pauline from Sac City Sports ( Sacramento, CA.) was nice enough to drop by MBSC and do a quick interview. Take a second and read it. We touched on early specialization for kids and the Crossfit kids program.


A Great Simple Read on Training

Posted in Core training, Guest Authors, Random Thoughts, Updates, Training, Training Females with tags , on November 5, 2014 by mboyle1959

Every time someone asks me about a functional training program I always say “buy the original red cover Core Performance”. I still think this might be one of the best “how-to”, “follow along” books ever written in our field. I really like the 30-something Mark Verstegen on the cover.