Archive for January, 2016

Do You Like Glute Ham Raises?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2016 by mboyle1959

Are you doing them right? Take a look at this video and tell me what you think.

 

 

 

 

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ACL Injury Prevention is Just Good Training

Posted in Injuries, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , on January 28, 2016 by mboyle1959

I wrote this a few years ago for http://www.strengthcoach.com

Is ACL injury prevention just good training? I think so. The program we use for ACL injury prevention is actually the same program we use with everyone! The truth is ACL injury prevention programs often consist more of packaging than new concepts. Calling a program an ACL prevention program may be nothing more than a way into the head of the athletic trainer, physical therapist or coach. But, if that’s what it takes, I’m all for it. However, as coaches we have to realize that we should be practicing great injury prevention concepts with all our athletes and our weekend warriors.

Because female athletes are much more likely to be injured, those who coach female athletes tend to be more interested in the concept of ACL injury prevention. However, obviously both genders can be injured. In fact, estimates run to over 100,000 ACL tears per year, with 30,000 of them high school age females. In any case, coaches should still practice these injury reduction concepts with both male and female athletes. Then again, ACL injury prevention may be the thought that gets your women’s basketball coach to buy into the program.

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Another Great Read on Early Sport Specialization

Posted in Guest Authors, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , on January 26, 2016 by mboyle1959

The folks at CONQA Sport posted a great blog about the dangers of early specialization. Really well written.

The Biggest Gamble in Elite Sport

More On Why We Don’t Squat

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags on January 23, 2016 by mboyle1959

A recent thread on our StrengthCoach.com site made me realize I need to continue to write about why we don’t squat. I still don’t think people realize that my decision to stop doing back and front squats was not a knee jerk, attention grabbing ploy but rather the culmination of a twenty year long thought process. Our changes were based on years of lifting, coaching and observation. Our decision to switch to unilateral exercises was based on three thoughts:

1- Number of back issues we were seeing in our groups. Our number one mandate is “do no harm”. Although we did not have many serious back issues I would say at any given time in our collegiate strength program a minimum of 10-20 percent of our athletes would be dealing with back pain that limited the athlete and caused us to modify their training. I struggled to accept the idea that some peoples back were just going to hurt.

2- Number of athletes trained in a group environment. This is important. Any change in our programming has to be wholesale. You can’t run a collegiate strength and conditioning program or a private one without a philosophy. I felt we either going to use the back squat or front squat as a major lift or we weren’t. Any in between was going to cause problems. In our “monkey see, monkey do” world it is tough to explain to athletes why some will use one lift and others will not. What we do with one person effects everyone else in the facility. You can’t let someone squat and then someone else not. It just creates problems.

3- The “functional” thought process. Although some might view this as most important, the previous two occupied more of my thought process early on. However, it’s tough to avoid the idea that we primarily run and jump off one leg?

My decision to switch to a program of primarily unilateral exercises is really about psychology and group think. I think squatting might be fine if you only did personal training and no one ever saw anyone else train.

However I’m not sure how realistic that is.

Lets be honest, there is a real minority of people who are naturally good squatters. I’d liken it to a Bell Curve. 20% were made to do it and do it right the first time. 20% are awful and will probably never do it well. 60% are somewhere on the curve?

It’s 80-20 in reverse. ( This is the start of another article/ blog post I think). 80 percent of people you will deal with will have trouble squatting. The remaining 20% who squat well will then spend lots of time criticizing those of us who acknowledge the 80%.  Just remember, it’s rarely  a bad squatter with back pain who is advocating squatting.

Some Thoughts on Single Leg Training

Posted in Uncategorized on January 14, 2016 by mboyle1959

I think I wrote this ten years ago and if you read it, it predicted the future a bit.

I just aded this to the Free Articles section of our StrengthCoach.com site.

First let me start with a confession. I’m a thief. I regularly steal information. In fact, I think stealing and cheating are great coaching techniques. I like to say in my seminars that they should teach cheating in school. It’s the key to success later in life. They should sit you down and say, “OK, look around the room. Figure out who you think will do well in this class and sit next to them”. This would be a great life lesson. Some call it modeling successful behavior. I just call it what it is, cheating. With that being said, I’m also an equal opportunity cheat. I steal from people that I like and from people that I don’t like. During my long career I have stolen from some of the best in the business. Charles Poliquin, Gary Cook, Mike Clark, Paul Chek, Mark Verstegen. I’ve stolen from every one of them. You know what’s even better, it’s all legal. Intelligent people call it research or gathering information. Really, why think outside the box when you can just look in someone else’s box?

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http://www.strengthcoach.com/public/1110.cfm

7 Days to the MBSC Winter Seminar

Posted in Core training, Injuries, Low Back Pain, MBSC News, Seminars, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates with tags on January 9, 2016 by mboyle1959

The MBSC Winter Seminar is only 7 days away. Have you signed up yet? I can guarantee you that Ana Hartmann’s talk will be worth the time invested all by itself.

Do you know that  being barefoot may be the key to low back health?

Have you ever thought of shoes as “sensory deprivation chambers for the feet’?

Ana’s talk was our best in-service in years and we are bringing her back to MBSC next Saturday to share her info with you. In addition, you’ll get talks from me ( 25 Mistakes, 25 Years), Kevin Carr, and Marco Sanchez as well as a great hands -on afternoon.

Sign up here http://www.bodybyboyle.com/seminar 

Dr Mercola’s Action Plan for the New Year

Posted in Fat Loss, Guest Authors, Nutrition on January 7, 2016 by mboyle1959

I know Dr Mercola’s advice has been called into question at times in this space but, this one is tough to argue with ( OK, not sure about fermented vegetables, but I did buy 4 Vit D test kits.)

Action Plan for the New Year