Archive for November, 2015

Seeing Is Believing

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training on November 30, 2015 by mboyle1959

Here’s another article I wrote back in October for my site

Seeing Is Believing

People lie, even those with the best intentions. This includes most of our clients.

What does this mean? It means that our clients want to work out. When we say Does It Hurt ( my favorite article I have ever written), they lie. However, look at the quote below.

“what you do speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you say” ( maybe an Emerson quote?)

I teach our coaches and trainers to watch clients as well as listen to them. Often times we say ‘did that hurt” and the client responds with a no. The client then walks away rubbing a shoulder, or their back. What they do speaks so loudly that I have to question what they said.


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FrankenSalmon Approved?

Posted in Nutrition on November 29, 2015 by mboyle1959

The FDA has approved the sale of genetically modified salmon. Now not only can we get nice corn fed, farm raised salmon, we’ll have a genetically modified and unlabeled version to eat. Yum.

My advice, get wild caught only or eat the local white fish ( in Boston’s case, scrod, cod or haddock ).

Genetically Engineered Salmon Approved for Consumption

Changing the Game Project Books of the Year 2015

Posted in Guest Authors, MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Seminars, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training on November 28, 2015 by mboyle1959

This is a great list. I’m happy to say I have almost all of them. Sadly, I haven’t read them all yet.

Changing the Game Project- Books of the Year 2015

Gratitude a Day Late

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2015 by mboyle1959

Nice article from on the benefits of expressing gratitude.

I’ve written previously about the value of gratitude writing. Give it a try. I know you will see the benefits.

Is It Overtraining or Underplanning?

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24, 2015 by mboyle1959

This is another article I wrote a while back for our site.

I had a comment on the site from a coach who was worried about overtraining athletes by doing lower body work and speed work on the same day. As I started to lay out the logistics of what we do I found myself writing the statement that became the title of this article.

Don’t worry about overtraining, worry about underplanning!

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Interesting Article on Dealing With Chronic Pain

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2015 by mboyle1959

Spine Surgeon Reveals Road Map Out of Chronic Painvertebra_fracture

The most interesting thing is that he stresses that it’s the combination of tools that works best.

Who Should You Take Advice From?

Posted in Hockey, Injuries, MBSC News, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags on November 21, 2015 by mboyle1959

I wrote this piece for my site a few months ago and thought I’d share it with a wider audience.

Brian Carrol wrote an interesting piece called Five Reasons Your Not Getting Stronger. It was pretty good and to the point.

I thought I’d analyze this part though:

Qualify the person you’re taking advice from using these 5 questions I learned from Dave Tate of Elite FTS:

1. What is his/her education and background?
2. How is/was this coach’s performance in the particular sport they’re coaching?
3. Who have they trained?
4. Have they been able to make athletes better than they were before training with them?
5. Do they practice what they preach?

If I score myself, I do pretty good on number 1- Education and background.

2. Performance in the particular sport they are coaching? I was not very good at anything. In fact, my best sport was swimming. I played and liked lots of other stuff ( powerlifting, basketball, football) but, performance? Not so much. Surprisingly, I have a baseball worlds series ring ( played from 8 years old to 12 and stunk) and two ice hockey national championship rings ( never played). By the way, my dad won a few state championships as a basketball coach and never played organized basketball. Also, in most team sports, great players don’t make great coaches. In strength and conditioning most of the best coaches I know either weren’t very good, had a career shortened by injury or both.

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Boston Pride ( NWHL) Games to be Broadcast on NESN

Posted in Uncategorized on November 20, 2015 by mboyle1959

In another big step for women’s professional hockey NESN has announced that it will air all of the Pride’s home games.

Don’t let that keep you from the home opener on Sunday though.

Women’s Professional Hockey- Boston Pride Home Opener

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19, 2015 by mboyle1959

Just FYI, our MBSC/ Team USA girls have their home opener on Sunday at 3 at Harvard. You can get your tickets at

Hope to see lots of you there.


25 Mistakes- 25 Years

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18, 2015 by mboyle1959

This might be the best article I have ever written. I know it is the most widely read article I have ever written. I still remember writing it on a train to New York to do a one day seminar for Equinox. It’s another great one from the archives of

25 Mistakes- 25 Years