Archive for December, 2014

Great Follow up Video on Full Ice Hockey

Posted in Hockey, Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags on December 31, 2014 by mboyle1959

Take a few minutes and watch this “full ice” video from USA Hockey before you demand that your kid play in a “real game”.

Full Ice?

Cross Ice Hockey Is Better for Kids.

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training, Youth Training on December 28, 2014 by mboyle1959

Parents hate cross ice hockey. It’s not a “real game”. The kids don’t follow the rules ( no icing, no off sides ) etc. etc. Guess what, parents are not very smart. Every good coach I know is a cross ice fan ( I know that list does not necessarily include your sons current full ice coach).

You know what happens in cross ice hockey? Kids touch the puck ( a lot), kids score goals. kids have fun.

Here’s a great read from Ferris State Coach Bob Daniels on Cross Ice Hockey

PS- If you are not a cross ice fan, just imagine having a conversation with another parent about your current field of expertise ( accounting, law, medicine, manufacturing) and that parent acting like they knew all about your field. Guess what, that’s what you sound like when you talk to a real hockey coach about hockey. Watching your local pro team does not make you a hockey expert any more than shopping at CVS makes you an expert on medicine.


Read Coach by Michael Lewis

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training, Youth Training with tags , on December 26, 2014 by mboyle1959

Anyone who has read my posts on coaching, parenting, or early specialization will really enjoy Coach by Michael Lewis. Coach ( subtitled Lessons on the Game of Life) is about Lewis’s ( Moneyball, The Blind Side, Liars Poker) high school baseball coach but really is a microcosm of todays youth sports world. I’d put it on my Must Read list. At 91 pages you can finish it in an hour.

This quote from Coach Fitzgerald ( our protagonist) sums it up

“Look, he said . All this is about a false sense of self esteem. It’s now bestowed on kids at birth. It’s not earned. If I were to jump al over you today, you would be deeply offended. You would not get that I cared about you”


Read Coach.

Football Players Gain Size and Strength Over 4 Years But Not Power and Speed?

Posted in MBSC News, Random Thoughts, Training with tags on December 24, 2014 by mboyle1959

A recent NSCA Journal article was summarized in Science Daily

Through Four Years Training College Football Players Gain Strength and Size

The gist of the article was that strength and size increased while speed and power did not?

Two questions for anyone familiar with the study or, the Oklahoma State S+C program.

1- What type of training was done?

2- Did the study look at power just by VJ and 40 time or, did they look at relative power via Sayers/ Lewis formula.

I believe that an athlete who gains size and maintains speed and VJ gains power?

Feedback would be appreciated.

The Slight Edge

Posted in Guest Authors, Uncategorized with tags on December 22, 2014 by mboyle1959

This might be one of the best books I’ve read in the past few years.

Jeff Olson puts it simply:

“here’s the problem: every action that is easy to do is also easy not to do.

Why are these simple yet crucial things easy not to do? Because if you don’t do them, they won’t kill you… at least, not today… what’s more, not doing it is usually more comfortable than doing it would be. But, that simple, seemingly insignificant error in judgment, compounded over time, will kill you.”

Read The Slight Edge and, learn the value of showing up. It just might change your life?

What You Need to Know About Grass Fed Beef

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2014 by mboyle1959

Another great article from Dr Mercola

What You Need to Know About Grass Fed Beef


Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2014 by mboyle1959

Nice reminder from the Mercola site.

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Are You Filling Buckets?

Posted in Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training on December 15, 2014 by mboyle1959

I wrote this in 2012 for, it’s based on a kids book called Have You Filled a Bucket Today? Are you filling or dipping?


Read Ultimate Athleticism

Posted in Uncategorized on December 12, 2014 by mboyle1959

I’m a big Max Shank fan. Smart guy and crazy pound for pound strength. Max has published his first book and was kind enough to send me an advance copy. There is some stuff I liked, some stuff I wasn’t sure about and some stuff that made me think. That makes for great reading.

to order your copy go to this link


Cross Transfer and Bad Physical Therapy

Posted in Injuries, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females with tags on December 11, 2014 by mboyle1959

I wrote this for my site after getting aggravated with a question about a physical therapist encouraging an athlete with an ACL tear not to work on the other leg.

Cross Transfer and Bad Physical Therapy