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Summer Training for Nine Year Olds

Posted in Hockey, MBSC News, Training, Youth Training with tags on April 28, 2016 by mboyle1959

I  wanted to re-post this again as we move into the summer. This was originally written a few years ago in response to a question for a former athlete.

With the new Facebook and Twitter feeds I think it will get a lot more views.

Q- I need to put together a summer plan for my 9 yr old hockey team. Obviously I don’t want to look like a crazy person, but it would be something that I think could be good for my own kids as well. Is it too young?

My first reaction was to say “are you crazy”? Instead, slightly tongue-in-cheek I developed the plan below.

Step 1- play another sport. Lacrosse is highly recommended as it has similar skills to hockey although baseball is fine. This does not mean another sport in addition to hockey. Summer is the off season.

Step 2- Cancel all hockey camp registrations except 1 week. Pick your favorite that has the largest number of your friends attending and go to that one. Ideally look for a camp that only has you on the ice once a day. No need to get blisters. You won’t get better in a week anyway.

Step 3- Cancel any summer hockey leagues you are scheduled for. The best players in the world never play summer hockey and, they never have. The only conceivable exception would be a weekly skill session lasting one hour. Another exception would be “play”. If ice is available and the kids can play, let them. Please remember play means NO COACHES or COACHING.

Step 4- Reread steps 1-3. Acknowledge that the key problem in youth sports is parents applying adult values to children’s activities.

Step 5- Go to the nearest bike shop. Get nice bikes for everyone in the family

Step 6- Ride the bikes, not in a race. For fun. Maybe put a few hockey cards in the spokes to make noise.

Step 7- Head to Walmart and buy fishing rods.

Step 8- Take the fishing rods to the nearest lake and fish.

Now that is an off-season plan for any nine year old.

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Power Athlete Podcast

Posted in MBSC News, Media, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags on April 5, 2016 by mboyle1959

A few weeks ago I went on the Power Athlete Podcast with John Welbourn and Luke Summers and talked training. Interesting conversation with the guys that developed Crossfit Football

Here’s the link:

Power Athlete Podcast

Coaching Must Reads

Posted in Fat Loss, Guest Authors, MBSC News, Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Uncategorized with tags on April 1, 2016 by mboyle1959

Doug Pearson, one of our MBSC Thrive licensees, asked me to come up with an updated book list. I sat in front of my book shelf and wrote down titles to share. Here they are, with links for easy ordering.

Start with Why– Simon Senek – maybe my favorite of the last year and the motivation behind my new Functional Strength Coach 6 DVD’s

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Talk Like Ted– Carmine Gallo, another big influence that really got me thinking about effective presentations.

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You Win in the Locker Room First- Jon Gordon and Mike Smith – I just finished this and have already begun to buy copies as gifts. A must read for every coach as Mike Smith open’s up about what failed in Atlanta ( not many coaches are that candid).

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Extreme Ownership- Jocko Willink and Leif Babin – a great read on leadership in business that I’ve already reviewed here.

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Slight Edge– Jeff Olsen – my favorite personal development book of the last year.

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Legacy– James Kerr – my favorite book ever on team building and culture creation.

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David and Goliath– Malcolm Gladwell, another Gladwell classic

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Five Dysfunctions of a Team- Patrick Lencioni , another tremendous team building book. This is a must read for every manager and every staff.

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Creating Magic- Lee Cockrell – one of my favorites of the last few years. I found myself repeating Cockrell’s quote “what if the way we always did was wrong” quite a bit.

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The One Thing- Gary Keller – read this one and then really think about the message. It might change more than one thing.

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One Word That Will Change Your Life- Jon Gordon and Jimmy Page – I can tell you that reading this made me a better husband and a better father, two things that are more important than being a better coach.

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Training Soccer Champions- Anson Dorrance and Tim Nash – this is one of my absolute favorite coaching books and the best I have ever read specifically about coaching female athletes. I have purchased and gifted at least 15 of these for friends that coach females.

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Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs – Carmine Gallo – a great book about a true genius ( maybe not the best guy but, a genius nonetheless)

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Why We Get Fat- Gary Taubes – this book will really make you think. I probably also should add End of Overeating to this list

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Goals- Brian Tracey – this is an all time favorite. Whenever I meet anyone looking for career advice the first thing I say is “have you read Goals”?

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Today Matters- John Maxwell – one of many Maxwell classics

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The Dangers of Junk Food

Posted in Fat Loss, Guest Authors, MBSC News, Media, Nutrition, Random Thoughts, Youth Training with tags on March 28, 2016 by mboyle1959

A great Mercola article that no one can argue with.

The Dangers of Junk Food

Does It Hurt?

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, MBSC News, Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training with tags on March 25, 2016 by mboyle1959

I can’t tell you how many times I say the same thing. People ask “should I do ____?”

I always answer Does It Hurt?

This might be my favorite article I’ve ever written.

Does It Hurt?

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ThrowBack Thursday- 10,000 Hours and the 4 Hour Workweek

Posted in MBSC News, StrengthCoach.com Updates on March 17, 2016 by mboyle1959

This video is from a talk I did called Fitness Millions. Not sure the year but might be 10 years ago now.

My apologies to Tim Ferris.

Unilateral Plyometrics in a Rehab Setting

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, MBSC News, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Uncategorized with tags on March 14, 2016 by mboyle1959

No lower extremity rehab process is complete until the athlete or client can control eccentric actions on a single leg. Unfortunately, the process of getting an athlete to take off and land on one leg can be a difficult one. Frequently athletes are cleared to participate in sports who have not done any single leg plyometric activities.

In order to truly understand lower extremity rehab it is important to understand the difference between unilateral take offs and landings and bilateral takeoffs and landings. It is also important to understand that running is a just series of unilateral takeoffs and landings.

In rehab settings, unilateral strength exercises like step ups, step downs and various types of single leg squats are widely performed and widely accepted. However, the process of extending or expanding the rehab into the area of eccentric strength and power is more difficult and probably given less consideration.

To further clarify, think of eccentric strength as the braking system. Any client who has experienced a lower body injury or who is returning from a lower body surgery must be able to land effectively to avoid re-injury.

These landings take three forms:

Jumps- a double leg take off followed by a double leg landing


Hops- a single leg take off followed by a landing on the same limb


Bounds- a single leg take off followed by a landing on the opposite limb

What becomes difficult for therapists and athletic trainers is figuring out how to gradually return an athlete to jumping, hopping and bounding as a sequential part of the rehab process. Unfortunately in most rehab settings bodyweight is a constant that must be accounted for.

In order to counter the effect of bodyweight we utilize equipment like the MVP Shuttle and Total Gym Jump Trainer. Both pieces allow athletes to jump and eventually hop with loads that are less than bodyweight. With both pieces we are able to add velocity and a graduated eccentric load.

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If you are involved in lower extremity rehab one or both of these pieces becomes a “must have” in your clinical setting. The great thing about both pieces is that you can work towards bodyweight jumps and hops in a very gradual way in conjunction with your lower body, strength oriented, rehab progressions.

It is important to remember that in sport what goes up, must come down and that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The patella-femoral issues we see so often in rehab are very likely caused, at least in part, by our inability to properly develop the essential braking system. Remember, restoring the ability of the system to move from zero to sixty is inconsequential when there is no braking system.

If your job is rehab, you owe it to yourself and your athletes to take the time to experiment with both the MVP Shuttle and the Total Gym Jump Trainer.