Archive for June, 2015

Another Seafood Warning

Posted in Fat Loss, Guest Authors, Nutrition, Uncategorized on June 9, 2015 by mboyle1959

A while ago I posted about my disappointment that the “Atlantic Salmon” I was eating was in fact a euphemism for farm raised salmon. Sadly, the same thing goes on with shrimp.

What You Need to Know Before Buying Seafood

The Road to the Top

Posted in Uncategorized on June 7, 2015 by mboyle1959

Kevin Neeld shared this on Facebook yesterday and it reminded me to reblog it.

Michael Boyle's Blog

My Road to the Top ( originally published 2007, edited 12/21/10)

It must be New Years resolutions and goal setting time because recently I have received more than a few Facebook messages asking how I got started. Rather than half-ass a quick post I thought I would take a moment to tell a story that might inspire a few of you. I have been lifting weights since around 1973 or 74. Like many my age I started with the York 110 pound set with the wall chart in the basement. My father was a teacher-coach and Hall of Fame football player in college and I was going to be just like him.

To cut to the chase my football career was ended by two serious problems that afflict far too many athletes. Lack of size and lack of talent were two things I just couldn’t overcome. What I did learn…

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A Great Programming Question

Posted in MBSC News, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , , on June 5, 2015 by mboyle1959

I received this via email yesterday and thought I’d share it. I’m in the process of writing a second edition of Functional Training for Sports ( my first book in 2004) and will clear stuff like this up…

Hey, Coach!- I’m designing my first strength program and had two questions for you:

Q 1) I am using your template for a 3-day strength program from Functional Training for Sports, and it calls for Double Leg Knee Dominant exercises on Day 1 and Day 3. I am much more in favor of single leg exercises, and there’s no shortage of Single Leg Knee Dominant exercises, so I wanted to know if substituting the double leg exercises for a Rear Foot Elevated Squat and a Split Stance Squat Progression would be okay? I remember reading that you were slowly progressing towards an ALL single leg training philosophy, but didn’t know if you had attempted it with any success yet. I am a track and field athlete, if that would make any difference in the matter.

A- We have not gone quite all the way yet with healthy athletes. Day 1 has Trap Bar Deadlift ( actually a hip dominant or hybrid) as our only bilateral strength exercise of the week.

Leading me into my second question…

Q 2) In your Advances in Functional Training, I recall you classifying Lunge-type exercises as Hip Dominant, although it can be confused with a Knee Dominant exercise very easily. If I were to use Lunge-type exercises as a Knee Dominant exercise in my program, would I risk under training a true Knee Movement, or would it not be an issue? (Didn’t quite know how to word that one )

A- Almost true. We would classify slideboard lunge as hip dominant but conventional lunges as knee dominant. I would not worry about being too hip dominant if you get Rear Foot Elevated One Leg Squats and true one leg squats once each.

Thoughts? Comments?


Training the Overweight Client

Posted in Uncategorized on June 4, 2015 by mboyle1959

I need to remember to post some “classics”

Michael Boyle's Blog

Originally posted October 25th 2010 at 

Training obese clients represents a series of truly unique challenges. Within these challenges lie great business prospects and opportunities to change lives’. However, to succeed trainers need to put a large amount of thought into the process of dealing with an overweight client. Unfortunately as Ben Franklin noted “common sense is not very common”. We constantly see trainers making recommendations for overweight clients that are both dangerous and foolish.

Luckily, as in so many situations, if you look for the answers, they become obvious. If trainers simply copy the foolishness they see on TV they are only going to make mistakes, injure clients and lose clients. The people that produce shows like The Biggest Loser are a huge part of the problem. What is done to the poor people on the show in the name of health and fitness borders on criminal negligence…

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