Archive for October, 2015

Paul Rabil on Multi-Sport Play

Posted in Uncategorized on October 30, 2015 by mboyle1959

How many more of these do we have to listen to before we get that early specialization DOES NOT WORK

Fast After 50?

Posted in Guest Authors, Training on October 29, 2015 by mboyle1959

Great article from the Wall Street Journal, of all places, on staying fit and fast after 50.

Great read

Fast After 50

Dan John Seminar to Benefit Brendon Rearick

Posted in Uncategorized on October 28, 2015 by mboyle1959

Mike Ranfone ( Ranfone Training Systems) and Dan John have teamed up to put on a seminar to benefit our good friend Brendon Rearick on December 12th at Mike’s facility in Hamden Ct.

This is a great opportunity to hear a great speaker and, support a great cause.


Mike Boyle Seminar December 12th in Providence, RI.

Posted in MBSC News, Seminars, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags on October 27, 2015 by mboyle1959

This summer I read Simon’s Senek’s book Start With Why. The book began a thought process that will become a full day seminar on Saturday December 12.

From 8 AM- 3:30 PM I’m going to explore the “whys” behind the MBSC programming.

Think about “why do we stretch”, “why do we roll”, “why do we do the lifts we do”. Most seminars focus far too much on what we are going to do and far too little on why we do it.

In addition I’m going to cover “how” we construct a program.  We’ll take an in-depth look at the periodization scheme that has allowed MBSC to flourish for almost twenty years.

There are only 50 seats available and we anticipate a rapid sellout so please reserve your spot early. A dozen spots are already gone and there has been very little advertising.

To register click here.

In Season Training- Something is Better Than Nothing

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26, 2015 by mboyle1959

Thought I’d move this to the Free Articles section of as we get to the end of the fall season. So many coaches complain about not being able to get lifts done in season. It’s much easier than you think.

In- Season Training- Something is Better Than Nothing

How Strong is Strong?

Posted in Hockey, Injuries, Low Back Pain, MBSC News, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training on October 23, 2015 by mboyle1959

This is one of my favorite articles…

It’s interesting, ask a strength coach what a good bench press is for a 200 lb male and chances are you’ll get a good answer. Maybe everyone won’t be in agreement but, everyone will have an opinion. Ask a good strength coach what constitutes good single leg strength or good vertical pulling strength and I don’t think you’ll get the same level of agreement or, if everyone will even have an answer. The answer might even be something like “what do you mean?” Last spring and summer I set out to answer both questions. How much single leg strength and upper back strength are actually possible? I think if you are going to train, you need a goal. If we are going to train for strength, we need to know what strong is. The four-minute mile is a great example. In 1957 Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile. On that day he broke a twelve year old record. By the end of 1957 sixteen runners had also broken the four-minute mile. It’s amazing what someone will do once they have seen that it is possible. Twelve years to break the record and sixteen followers in one year. My goal is to raise the bar on both single leg strength and upper back strength by telling the strength and conditioning world how strong strong might be….

to read the rest click here

Great Blog Post from James Leath on Getting to Know Your New Team

Posted in Uncategorized on October 19, 2015 by mboyle1959

James writes some great stuff. If you coach take a minute and read this.

Getting to Know Your New team

A Saturday at Automobile University

Posted in Hockey, Injuries, MBSC News, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training with tags , , on October 18, 2015 by mboyle1959

I drove five hours from Boston to Syracuse New York to watch my daughter play hockey yesterday and got smarter in the process. I listened to Episode 172 of The StrengthCoach Podcast with Sean Skahan and Chris Chase  and the latest episode of Ron McKeefery’s Iron Game Chalk Talk with Ed Cosner. Time flies when you’re getting smarter.

The Ultimate Gift for Hockey Dads

Posted in Uncategorized on October 18, 2015 by mboyle1959

This is a great idea for Christmas


More Facility Ideas

Posted in MBSC News, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females with tags on October 17, 2015 by mboyle1959

If you follow this space you know that the past week we’ve been discussing facility design.

Couple more good suggestions:

  • If you are going to buy one of something ( unless you intend to use it for rehab), you have to have three. One of anything creates bottlenecks and lines. That is why we don’t have things like glute hams and reverse hypers. Too much space required for not enough use.
  • Portable glute hams are a good idea ( Perform Better sells these and you can stack them in a corner)
  • Wifi, wifi, wifi. Make sure your wifi is solid or your expensive technology won’t work
  • Sound system. Music is a pain in the a _ _. Make sure your sound system is good and have a music plan. Our policy is no obscenity and no reference to race or sex with family members ( take a minute and figure out the words that prevents from being played)

PS- If you join you get my Designing Strength Training Programs and Facilities as a free bonus.