Archive for April, 2015

Start With Why

Posted in Uncategorized on April 8, 2015 by mboyle1959

I just finished Simon Sinek’s Start With Why


Although it took a few pages to grab me, once it did I was hooked. My next two presentations ( CSCCA Conference in Nashville on May 5th and Charles Stephenson’s Basketball Specific  on May 14th ) will really examine my why’s. Once you Start With Why the what and the how get easier.

The Real Meaning of the “Off” Season

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2015 by mboyle1959

I’ve been posting lots of info about how athletes need to play multiple sports. The evidence is overwhelming and keeps piling up. However, in typical Type A parent style many have misinterpreted the message. Playing multiple sports also means taking time off from the “main” sport. Don’t just add more time in another sport, have an off-season from the primary. By the way, off means off. That means most importantly no games. Doing something related to your primary sport 1-2 nights a week is fine as long as it’s not contributing to overuse injury or mental burnout. Playing in weekend tournaments all year round while trying to juggle another sport is not fine, in fact it is just dumb.

I know there is lots of pressure from coaches to play year round but, like the old Nancy Reagan ads say, “Just Say NO”. Both my kids love hockey and consider themselves hockey players first. In fact, my multi-sport trained daughter already has a division 1 scholarship at 15. However it is important to note that she has never played in a formal spring league ( yes, she does skate in the spring but no games) and, played in her first summer hockey tournament just prior to her 13th birthday ( she’s a July baby). She has also been a soccer forward, a soccer goalie, a swimmer, a diver and a state judo champion. She has repeatedly turned down summer tournament invites ( yes, she now is allowed to play in three) but, there is literally one “Showcase” every weekend it seems. All of spring and part of summer is “off” from the game and tournament circuit for her.

My son ( 10 years old) will play lacrosse and baseball this spring and probably won’t skate at all. I’m not worried that he will fall behind.

If your child is not inclined to play another sport, try out a good sports performance program with qualified coaches as an off-season. Guess what, that’s what pros do.

Remember, it a marathon, not a sprint. The tortoise beat the hare. Creating a great athlete in many sports creates the greatest chance of winning down the stretch.

See Chris Herren

Posted in MBSC News with tags on April 4, 2015 by mboyle1959

If there is ever a chance for you to see former Boston College and Boston Celtic player Chris Herren speak, go. Don’t think about it, go, and take your kids. I can guarantee you that you will thank me.

From his Hoop Dreams Website:

As reported by numerous media outlets, Chris has struggled with substance abuse for much of his basketball career. Drug-free and alcohol-free since August 1, 2008 Chris has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else. He attends meetings daily to support his substance free lifestyle and often speaks before groups trying to overcome addiction to share his experiences and road to sobriety.

Herren was riveting for almost 90 minutes. His message is one every child but, more importantly every parent needs to hear.

Have You Heard About Our Certified Functional Strength Coach Cert?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 2, 2015 by mboyle1959

At MBSC we have developed an amazing educational program called Certified Functional Strength Coach. This is an unparalleled educational opportunity combining self education, hands on learning and a practical exam. This is not your typical certification course as you will be required to pass a written test just in order to attend and, pass a practical exam at the end of the course. Here’s what one of our new CFSC’s had to say about last weeks course

I really appreciate the excellent programming and coaching that I experienced this weekend at the CFSC 1 training at Perform Better in West Warwick, RI this weekend. Kevin, Kevin and Marco are comprehensive instructors and exhorters. Their passion for changing lives was apparent from their opening comments and they delivered all day, exceeding my expectations. Thank you for a positive rather than competitive learning environment. Thank you for so much individualized instruction instead of recitation and a slide show. Thank you for maintaining a schedule that wasted no time and filled our tool belts. I run a large facility, I’ve been in this industry for 25 years and held as many certifications. I’ve probably attended hundreds of continuing ed seminars. This was different. This was exceptional. Thank you!

-Nancy Williams, Personal Trainer for 25 years/Assistant Director of the Fitness and Wellness Center at Mount Wachusett Community College for 20 years

to learn more and find out about upcoming certification courses go to

Hockey Specific Training

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training on April 1, 2015 by mboyle1959

I’ve been saying this for years, going so far as to talk about sports general training vs sports specific training in my first book Functional Training for Sports.

Pretty good take from Andrew Davis

Hockey ( Too) Specific Training?