Nordic Leg Curls- The Question or the Answer?

Posted in Uncategorized on November 21, 2016 by mboyle1959

Soccer ( football to our European friends) has a huge problem. Hamstring strains are near epidemic levels. The NFL is not far behind.

As usual, the researchers have all the answers. Actually the answer. DO MORE NORDICS.

Ok, you might ask yourself, “what is a Nordic” and “will it actually prevent hamstring injury”?

Both are good questions so, lets answer them in order:

1- a “Nordic” is basically an eccentric hamstring exercise. Probably in the glute hamstring raise family but without equipment. ( see Mike Boyle on Glute Hams Youtube)

The truth is the Nordic Leg Curl demoed above may be more a test than an exercise or, may be the peak of a very steep pyramid of posterior chain exercise?

I think it’s a real oversimplification to say “just do these Nordic Leg Curls” and you will have healthy hamstrings. I think attempting these exercises with beginners is more of an accident waiting to happen and, not have a progression to get to “Nordics” might in fact cause some injuries.

To learn more, read this:

Mike Boyle- Dealing With Hamstring Injury


Unilateral Training and the Bilateral Deficit

Posted in Uncategorized on November 2, 2016 by mboyle1959

I wrote this a few weeks ago for

Unilateral Training and the Bilateral Deficit

“What if the way we had always done it was wrong?”

Lee Cockrell- Creating Magic

Any time we bring long held beliefs into question there is bound to be controversy. However, imagine that I was going to show you a new spin on lower body strength training that would allow you to train with heavier weights and yet was far safer and potentially more effective than what you currently do? I think many intelligent coaches would at least initially say “show me”.

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Best Speed Book in Decades

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2016 by mboyle1959

This is the best book I have read on speed since The Charlie Francis Training System. It’s rare that something like this comes out. To order, click the link below.


Amazing Review of New Functional Training for Sports

Posted in Uncategorized on October 19, 2016 by mboyle1959

This review made my day. The reviewer said that I had written ” the best book on sports training published to date”.

Here’s the entire text:

This could just be the very best book I have ever read on strength training and conditioning for sports (and fitness). Page after page, I found myself utterly impressed by Boyle’s wisdom and sensible viewpoints on virtually every topic. In an industry dominated by arrogance and bravado, Boyle’s humility and ability to recognize weaknesses in his method and to change his mind on several concepts, acts a model for all in our field.

The text is divided into 11 chapters. It’s well worth the investment of time reading every word and the book from cover to cover, as there are tips and ‘take home’ messages on every page. The book begins by a discussion on making training more functional. Here, Boyle covers the latest science on the topic and puts to bed some of the silly circus-style training that is mistakenly thought to be functional training. In this chapter, I appreciated the simplicity of his approach to strength conditioning: stability for the stabilizers, strength for the muscles involved in the sport, emphasize unilateral strength development, high emphasis on free weights, protect from injury.

The next chapter covers the analysis of the various demands of the sport. An understanding of these components allows us to see how Boyle selects the exercise, loading and programs covered later in the book.

The next chapter is about assessing functional strength. Again, I appreciated the simplicity of his approach: assessing strength in what matters – chin-ups, rows, push- ups, and split squats. Of the seemly endless battery of tests available to a trainer, Boyle cuts to the heart of the matter by simply assessing upper and unilateral lower body strength which gives the trainer clear directions as to the future exercise emphasis for their clients.

The real strength of this book lies in the next several chapters: program design, foam rollers, stretching and strength training for the lower and upper body, core, plyometrics and Olympic lifting. This is perhaps the best writings on these topics currently available anywhere. Clear explanations of why Boyle choses the exercises that he does and why he avoids other ways or exercise selections. His rationale for his progressions and regressions are ‘must reads’ for all trainers. You may not see eye to eye with every point, but you will certainly appreciate the wisdom and Boyle’s argumentation of why he recommends what he does.

The book concludes with a chapter on program design, where Boyle outlines the key program components, as he sees them, and then provides several sample strength programs (both for two, three and four day per week). The chapter finishes with some sample recommendations for sports specific conditioning.

Mike Boyle has written, in my opinion, the best book on sports training published to date. His wisdom, simplicity of approach, scientific foundations and over 30 years in the coaching game has produced the new standard in the field and a book that will remain a ‘must-read’ for a long time to come.

Reviewer: Tony Boutagy,


Jim Wendler on Training Athletes

Posted in Uncategorized on October 11, 2016 by mboyle1959

This series of three lectures is amazing. It’s a must watch for any strength coach.

I know many people are probably surprised that I’m recommending Jim Wendell/ Elite FTS/ West Side stuff but, that is the big point.

Jim is incredibly humble and makes the point in the second lecture that “powerlifters don’t know anything about training athletes”.

These lectures might make some big West Side devotees cry in their protein shakes but, please, watch all three…

The lecture is broken into 3 shorter videos.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

What I Learned from Coaching Kids Again

Posted in Uncategorized on September 8, 2016 by mboyle1959

One of my former athletes just took over a high school program so I added this article to our Free Articles section at

What I Learned From Coaching Kids Again

It’s not as simple as you think and there’s lots we take for granted.

Check Out this Ted Talk on InnerCity Weightlifting

Posted in Uncategorized on September 6, 2016 by mboyle1959

Jon Feinman delivers an amazing Ted Talk on the ideas behind InnerCity Weightlifting

to learn more about InnerCity Weightlifting click here