Archive for March, 2016

Athlete Social Media Agreement

Posted in Uncategorized on March 11, 2016 by mboyle1959

This is a great idea from the Positive Coaching Alliance. All athletes and all teams should have to sign these.

Student Athlete Social Media Agreement

I think dealing with social media ( including texting, group messages etc.) is the great uncharted water of the new era of coaching.


Throwback Thursday

Posted in Uncategorized on March 10, 2016 by mboyle1959

Stuff like Throwback Thursday is definitely one of the fun parts of social media.

Check out this clip from my first “tape”. Yes, you could get Explosive Power Development for Hockey on VHS in the 80’s.

A Letter from Inner City Weightlifting

Posted in Uncategorized on March 9, 2016 by mboyle1959

Dear ICW Supporter,

Our brains are wired to quickly categorize people and situations to help us navigate a complex, and at times, dangerous world. For example, if we see a group of young people standing together in a so called “rough” area of a city, who look different, dress different, have years of trauma expressed in their eyes, most will cross the street to avoid them. Our instincts are powerful and clear on this point: there’s a threat to our safety.

But, what happens if our most fundamental instincts are wrong? What if young people involved in gangs are not a threat to our social fabric, but rather a potential source of community strength, what if they are the people who can bring us together? What if we should be working not to avoid, or to neutralize, but instead to engage as future leaders, as fellow community members, as friends?

Over the last year we began research into the system that leads to street violence:

Individuals like myself are born into a family/community with connections and opportunity. Almost without thinking, we go to school, that’s where our friends are, that’s what we’re told to do. We then leverage an education to find a meaningful career. We start a family – born into the same network of opportunity. Our students, however, are born into families/communities that are segregated and isolated. Unlike myself, they need to worry about shelter, food, clothes. They go to the streets. That’s where their friends are, that’s how they provide. Rather than leveraging an education to find a meaningful career, they find themselves in jail. They start a family – born into the same segregation and isolation.

Segregation and isolation are at the root of this system. It’s what creates the need for the streets, which then creates a perception of “rough areas” where we’re told not to go. Thus, leading to more segregation and isolation, and leading to more violence and inequality.

We can, however, disrupt this system of segregation through inclusion, hope and opportunity. In fact, in response to trust, hope, inclusion, and economic mobility, in that order, we have seen a population nearly 100% likely to go back to jail, drop to less than 15% in response to those 4 pillars.

This is what happens at ICW, and by training with us, you get to be a part of the solution, all while getting an incredible service.

In the last year, we’ve seen our student numbers grow to over 160, we opened a second site in Kendall Square and of the students training there, their average monthly incomes jumped from $600/month to over $2,000!

A group of marketing experts at Arnold Worldwide found that when it comes to combining fitness and philanthropy, ICW is a “category of 1.”

We encourage you to be a part of this impact, to help us spread the word and get others involved by coming to our gyms.

If you’re interested in our training services, or to sign your company up for our onsite corporate training services, contact:

To make a contribution, please click here.

Thank you for all your support, and we hope to see you in the gym soon!


Jon Feinman, MBA
Founder and CEO
InnerCity Weightlifting

Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat vs Back Squat?

Posted in Hockey, Injuries, Low Back Pain, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females with tags on March 8, 2016 by mboyle1959

Although the results of this study have been posted before this article does a nice job breaking things down.

The funny thing is now the squat people are trying to paint the RFESS as dangerous ( damages the pelvic ring?). This seems to be a a totally unfounded Hail Mary pass as the results pile up.

Here’s 2 time Olympian Meghan Duggan with 160×10

PS- we have next to zero injury issues with RFESS vs, about 20% on average with back squats.


April Mentorship

Posted in Uncategorized on March 7, 2016 by mboyle1959

We’ve got our first MBSC Mentorship of the year coming up in April. If you’d like to spend  week immersed in our system, click here


Can Exercise Inhibit Cancer?

Posted in Guest Authors, MBSC News, Training on March 4, 2016 by mboyle1959

This is a great article that not only gives hope but make a great case for exercise. Even if there is a chance that exercise can slow or prevent cancer, that is a great reason to get to work today!

Sloan Kettering’s Quest to Prove Exercise Can Inhibit Cancer

Throwback Thursday

Posted in Uncategorized on March 3, 2016 by mboyle1959

Here’s a great one for Throwback Thursday. I’ve always liked the MVP Shuttle. We now also have a Total Gym Jump Trainer which is also a great piece with very similar applications. However I wanted to give you guys a mid-nineties laugh. Can’t tell you the exact year but, it’s between 1991 and 1999. I only know that because those were the years I worked for the Bruins.