Archive for the Random Thoughts Category

Box Jump Stupidity Part 3

Posted in Injuries, MBSC News, Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized on December 15, 2015 by mboyle1959

The internet is an endless supplier of blog fodder. Parts one and two of  my Box Jump series got 1000’s of views and lots of comments. You can look back in the previous posts for part 1 and 2 if you haven’t read them. Check out this picture ( it was in the first post)

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This might be the ultimate in foolishness. The guy in the picture is jumping onto a pile of bumper plates while the training partner tries to steady the shifting pile with his foot. This is a lawsuit waiting to happen. You have to love the internet.

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Stop The Box Jump Stupidity

Posted in Injuries, MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training, Youth Training with tags , on December 11, 2015 by mboyle1959

Here’s my second repost of the same blog. Obviously not seen by enough coaches yet!

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The top box in the stack is either a 36 or 42 inch plyo box.

If you have one, please put it away. In fact, unless you are training some great athletes, put your 30 inch box away too. I have dubbed the big plyo boxes “Idiot Boxes”. Idiot boxes are jumped on by young men ( it is always young men) looking to show off. I have begun to refer to them as “skin donors”. I can tell you something for sure. If CSI showed up and dusted the high plyo boxes for DNA most of these boxes would test positive. There was a time when my athletes and I were foolish just like everyone else and did these foolish exercises. After coaching a few “skin donors” I realized that what mattered was the movement of the center of mass, not the height of the box. I no longer own a 36” box but, own lots of 18’s, 24’s and a few 30’s.

Our rule is simple. Jimmy Radcliffe said it best; “jump and land from the same position”. This means that take off and landing should look identical. If you jump from a ½ squat, land in a half squat.

I could post a few videos but, don’t want to get sued. Just Youtube “box jumps” if you want to see foolishness in action.

And please, don’t stack up a bunch of stuff to jump on. That’s even dumber. I just saw an article with a multi-million dollar athlete jumping on a collection of boxes and plates. Try to explain that during your deposition.

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Remember, jump and land from the same position.

Changing the Game Project Books of the Year 2015

Posted in Guest Authors, MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Seminars, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com 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

Jacob deGrom Didn’t Specialize

Posted in Injuries, MBSC News, Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates, Training with tags , on October 16, 2015 by mboyle1959

As I watched Jacob deGrom last night I asked myself “who is this kid”?

I’m so glad I did a little research as we see again that specialization is not necessary.

A few things about Jacob deGrom from Wikipedia:

  • Not drafted out of high school
  • Played exclusively at shortstop his freshman and sophomore seasons in college
  • First pitched as junior reliever in 2009
  • That year continued to play short and close

So for all you moms and dads running little Johnnie off to his pitching lesson, take a breath.

PS- John Lackey also did not pitch until he got to PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL. To busy playing quarterback in football.

Facility Design Hints

Posted in MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, StrengthCoach.com Updates with tags on October 9, 2015 by mboyle1959

Are you planning a new facility? Yesterday I got a question from a friend just getting ready to put the finishing touches on a new facility plan. The basic question was “Tell us what we might overlook?”

Here’s the list I sent him:

Ceiling fans like the Big Ass Fan ( really awesome)
Electrical outlets every 10-12 feet ( we have very few in our MBSC facility and often need them)
Rubber flooring wrapped up the wall 24″ in case you lean plates on the wall.
Mirrors 24″ off the floor ( again in case you lean plates)
Platforms built into the flooring, not raised.
Lots of masonry wall for throwing ( architects like to fur out and sheetrock.)
As much ceiling height as attainable
“Daylight” quality lighting. ( our architects at BU gave a a dark dingy space when we asked for bright)
Slideboards recessed into the floor ( see Brandon’s Stanford idea, w/ covers)

Also from an equipment standpoint make sure you get an MVP Shuttle and a Pilates Reformer. Two rehab musts that we often overlook.

Did you know that if you join StrengthCoach.com you get my Designing Strength Training Programs and Facilities as a free download?  You also get a free download of Advances in Functional Training? Take a look.

Assault Air Bike Intervals

Posted in Fat Loss, Random Thoughts with tags on July 31, 2015 by mboyle1959

Tried a slightly different interval format today:

2 mi 7:10, heartrate 170 at the conclusion of the interval

Rest 2 min to 110 BPM ( 60 beat recovery)

1 mi. 3:35 heartrate 166

Rested 2 min

.5 mi 1:34 heartrate 166

Total Time 16 min

Have You Tried Gratitude Writing?

Posted in MBSC News, Random Thoughts with tags , , on July 9, 2015 by mboyle1959

I know, you first thought is “oh my god, Mike Boyle has gone all touchy- feely on us”. This may or may not be true but, try a gratitude journal. Great way to reflect on who and what is important to you.

I tried it and loved it so much I bought journals for our entire staff. Thanks to Craig Ballantyne for the push I needed to do this.

To order a journal go to:

http://www.earlytorise.com/journal