Archive for February, 2016

Extreme Ownership

Posted in Uncategorized on February 9, 2016 by mboyle1959

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book but, Kevin Carr really pushed it on me and, I’m glad he did.

I think this might have had more value for me as a boss/ business owner than it might have for our employees.

Here were the high points for me:

“relax, look around, make a call” p4- this applies in the weight room all the time. It’s like an audible at the line of scrimmage.

“the only meaningful measure of a leader is whether the team succeeds or fails” p8- we need to remind ourselves of this often ( you could also say the only meaningful analysis of your strength program is whether or not someone gets stronger?)

“ we encourage leaders to do the things they probably know they should but, aren’t”

“these things are simple but, not easy” p13- I say this all the time. Most of what we do ,or don’t do, falls into this category.

“ all responsibility for success or failure rest with the leader… there is no one else to blame”- this is something as leaders, owners, bosses we need to face up to all the time.

“if underperformers cannot improve, the leader must be able to make the tough call to terminate them and hire others who can get the job done. It’s all on the leader” p30

“there are no bad units, only bad leaders”

“it’s not what you preach, it’s what you tolerate” p55- this hit home for me. I need to be better about not tolerating what I don’t want.

Decentralized Command

“human beings are not capable of managing more than 6-10 people” p183- again, great help for me. As our business has grown I have had to delegate more and that is a struggle. Now with the strength of our staff I actually do very little.

“teams must be broken down into manageable elements of 4-5” p183

“every leader must understand not only what they are doing but, why they are doing it” p183

“junior leaders must know that the boss will back them up even if they make a decision that that may not result in the best outcome, as long as the decision was made in an effort to achieve the strategic objective” p191

“ you need to brief so that the most junior man can fully understand the operation- the lowest common denominator” p213

Leading Up the Chain- a great lesson

“ if your boss isn’t making a decision in a timely manner … don’t blame the boss, blame yourself” p237

“ one of the most important jobs of any leader is to support your own boss” p237

Discipline Equals Freedom

“when the alarm goes off do you get out of bed… if you do, you win- you pass the test” p271- We can never hear this enough

“ the only way you could make time was to get up early. That took discipline” p271

“ the goal of a leader should be to work themselves out of a job” p286- This is my goal and I tell our staff that all the time. I want to make myself obsolete. If I do, I’ve been a great leader.

Please grab yourself a copy:

Extreme Ownership









My Most Controversial Video Clip Ever

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, MBSC News, Seminars, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training with tags , on February 8, 2016 by mboyle1959

In 2009 Pat Beith pulled this clip from the footage of Functional Strength Coach 3 to stimulate some interest in the product. Boy did it ever. Please watch the clip in it’s entirety before reacting.

Staying Positive Anyway

Posted in Uncategorized on February 6, 2016 by mboyle1959


I had a friend ask me about how we get and keep such great young staff. The truth is we select quality people first and then work from there. In spite of this, things don’t always work out.

When they don’t I try to remember The Paradoxical Commandments, a series of wonderful inspirational thoughts that have found there way around the world. On some of my worst days dealing with any problem I try to remember the concept of “Anyway”. The Paradoxical Commandments were written in 1968 by Kent Keith and are contained in a book called AnyWay

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

I truly believe this is what keeps me coaching. One small victory can offset numerous losses.

The Joint by Joint Approach to Training

Posted in Core training, Injuries, Low Back Pain, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Uncategorized with tags on February 2, 2016 by mboyle1959

I’m not sure when I wrote this but, I’m going to say 2007. It was originally a T-Nation piece. Others have “borrowed” from this thought process so often that many of you may have missed the original article. In the process of writing The New Functional Training for Sports I realized this would be a good “repost”.

“We get old too soon and smart too late.” Swedish Proverb My good friend, Physical Therapist Gray Cook, has a gift for simplifying complex topics. I envy his ability to succinctly take a complicated thought process and make the idea appear simple. In a recent conversation about the effect of training on the body, Cook produced one of the most lucid thought processes I have ever heard.

to finish reading A Joint by Joint Approach to Training on, click here

Quick Glute Ham video

Posted in Uncategorized on February 1, 2016 by mboyle1959

I wanted to post another quick video as a follow up to last weeks Glute Ham Raise post. A bunch of readers couldn’t see the apparatus or, my feet.