Archive for the Updates Category

Do Rear Foot Elevated Split Squats Cause Back Pain?

Posted in Core training, Injuries, Low Back Pain, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training with tags on June 10, 2016 by mboyle1959

I just got back from speaking at the Perform Better Summit in Orlando.  Before my talks I took in Stuart McGill’s talk ( he is always one of my favorites and has greatly influenced me).

Recently Dr McGill has been vocal about Rear Foot Elevated Split Squats potentially causing back pain, particularly SI joint pain and as he calls it “pelvic ring” disruption.

We probably use the rear foot elevated split squat as much as anyone and, have not had any increase in SI joint pain or back pain in general. In fact, we switched to the split squat variations in response to back pain from heavy back and front squats. ( to finish reading, click here…)


Summer Training for Pee Wees and U12’s?

Posted in Updates, Youth Training with tags on May 2, 2016 by mboyle1959

Here’s another great reminder from USA Hockey.

PS- 11- 12 is a great time to introduce the summer off ice concept.

Division 1 Coaches Advice for 12 and Under

Power Athlete Podcast

Posted in MBSC News, Media, Strength Coach Podcast, 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, 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


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


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).


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


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


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


David and Goliath– Malcolm Gladwell, another Gladwell classic


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


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.



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


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.


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.



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


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”?


Today Matters- John Maxwell – one of many Maxwell classics



Does It Hurt?

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, MBSC News, Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, 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?


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

Posted in MBSC News, 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, 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.


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.