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Step Ups, Step Downs and One Leg Squats

Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2016 by mboyle1959

One of our coaches asked about why we don’t do step ups.

I realized that I had actually written an article for about it.

Step Ups, Step Downs and 1 Leg Squats

A lot of confusion exists in the fields of strength and conditioning and physical therapy about single leg exercises. In fact we just had a well timed forum question on the forums about using step-ups. I’ve written extensively in my all three of my books about single leg exercises and single leg progressions but, sometimes things are worth repeating. I often see the terms step-up, step down and 1 leg squat used almost interchangeably in the literature. I also think many coaches think these three exercises are similar. The truth is that all three share similar movement patterns yet the three are distinctly different. Lets look at all three:


Sport Specific Training?

Posted in Uncategorized on August 15, 2016 by mboyle1959

Here’s a good one from the Free Articles section of

This is the question that comes up all the time. Sounds like a great set up for a joke . “A parent walks into a strength and conditioning facility and says….” Well in many ways, it is a joke. On us. Parents consistently walk into a facility and say “my son ( or daughter) plays ___________ can you design a program for ______________?” You fill in the blank based on your area.

Sport Specific Training

Confused About Deadlifts and Squats

Posted in Uncategorized on August 2, 2016 by mboyle1959

This piece was originally written for T-Nation and then was added to the Free Articles section Of Later it became the basis for the lower body chapter of my new book The New Functional Training for Sports.

Deadlift or Squat/ What’s the Difference?


A Letter to My Younger Self

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2016 by mboyle1959

I wrote this for my site last week and thought I’d share it here.

A Letter to My Younger Self

Have You Tried Gratitude Writing?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 21, 2016 by mboyle1959

There’s a lot of evidence that gratitude writing ( writing about good things in your life) can have a really positive effect. I’ve been doing this for about four years and have to tell you, it works.

The book 59 Seconds- Change Your Life in Under a Minute 

Has a few good exercises to help you.

You can also download an app for your phone. Mine is called Random Gratitude Journal. Every day it prompts you to write what you are grateful for that day.

Do me a favor, give Gratitude Writing a try.

If You Love Kids, Love Hockey or Just Want to Feel Good, Read This

Posted in Uncategorized on July 13, 2016 by mboyle1959

Great piece from the Players Tribune by Carolina goalie Cam Ward

The Bravest Guy I Know

Dealing With Hamstring Injury

Posted in Uncategorized on July 11, 2016 by mboyle1959

I wrote this a while ago for my site. It’s worth a read as you start summer training.

Dealing With Hamstring Injury


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