Archive for Alwyn Cosgrove

Great Post from Alwyn Cosgrove- A Tale of Two People

Posted in Guest Authors, Random Thoughts, Training, Youth Training with tags , , on May 30, 2012 by mboyle1959
May 28th, 2012

When I was in high school in Livingston I was in an advanced mathematics class. I have no idea how I got there as I was clearly the dumbest kid in the class.

Sat next to me in the class was a guy (Keith Wilson) who spent his spare time (at 14 years old) working for a company converting the program code for an arcade computer game to a home version. He used to hand in his homework on a floppy disk…

Me? I was drawing sharks on the back of my notebook…

So while studying quadratic equations, (something that has been oh-so-useful in my life…) it was clear that I didn’t understand it. I asked the teacher to go over it again. He sighed an exasperated sigh – but he went over it again.

I still didn’t get it.

So I asked again. The teacher sighed loudly and said “Okay – the rest of you take a five minute break while I go over this again for Alwyn’s benefit …..” and then mumbled “for whatever good that will do”

Obviously I felt pretty small at that point. And of course the whole class heard him and laughed.
And I still didn’t get it.
And I never asked a question to this teacher again.
And I failed the exam for the class.

This teacher was a man who had a chance to make a kid feel better and help him, or put him down and make him feel worthless. He chose the latter. Why? Just because he could. That’s the kind of person he was.

Another person in my life was my Taekwon-do instructor – Derek Campbell. My Dad was made unemployed and we could no longer afford lessons. I went to my instructor and told him that we just couldn’t afford lessons anymore and I’d be back when my Dad got a job.

He told me to show up early for the next class and become his assistant – teaching beginners. He would pay me with free lessons.

I went on to become a fourth degree black belt, and seven time UK national champion as a result.

This teacher was also a man who had a chance to make a kid feel better and help him, or put him down and make him feel worthless. He chose the former. Why? Just because he could. That’s the kind of person he was.

One person changed a kids life and made it worse. One person changed a kid’s life and made it better. I remember both of them.

We have all had, and remember these people in our lives – the only question to ask is …

What kind of person are you?



New Rules of Lifting for Life

Posted in Core training, Fat Loss, Injuries, Low Back Pain, Media, Updates, Training, Training Females with tags , , , , on April 19, 2012 by mboyle1959

I generally not a fan of sequels. I liked the first Lord of the Rings and the first Star Wars. I have not liked many remakes in the music world ( Kenny Chesney’s covers of Brandy and Please Come to Boston excluded). However my friends Alwyn Cosgrove and Lou Shuler have performed a Chesneyesque feat with New Rules of Lifting for Life.

I’ll make it simple. If you have purchased any of the New Rules series and liked it, buy this one. If you have not purchased any of the New Rules series buy this one. You won’t be disappointed either way. This will help trainers with clients or a fitness enthusiast looking to design his or her own program.

I know, you think this is just a promo because we all promote each others stuff. Wrong, check your records. I rarely do affiliate stuff for money. I promote things to you that I think will benefit you. So, click and buy and then write in later and tell me how right I was.

Alwyn Cosgrove’s New Course

Posted in Fat Loss, Random Thoughts, Seminars, Training, Training Females with tags , , on August 23, 2011 by mboyle1959

By now you have received at least a few emails about Alwyn’s Death of Personal Training Webinar. If you are as tired of internet marketing as I am you might have ignored all the emails and the webinar. I know, you are thinking “I”m getting something via the internet that is talking about how tired Mike is of internet marketing”? Truth is I am tired of products and product launches. There are just too many and I have another one coming.

However, lets cut to the chase. I think there is great value in Alwyn’s info. I try to rarely sell you anything and if I do it is not because I get a generous commission. In this case, I will get a commission but that does change my belief in the value of the information. If you want to make more money and change your business and your life, click here.


Alwyn Cosgrove Disagrees with Me and MBSC on StrengthCoachTV

Posted in Core training, Fat Loss, Random Thoughts, Seminars, Updates, Training, Uncategorized with tags , on April 12, 2011 by mboyle1959
Anthony posted a new webinar with Alwyn Cosgrove at Alwyn’s webinar is a response to my “3 Pendulums That Have Swung Too Far” webinar.  Alwyn is really excited about this one so make sure you check the webinar.
On  Mar. 23rd Darcy Norman also did Is the Lat the 5th Abdominal?”This talk discusses the implications of the latissimus dorsi, the good and bad, in human movement, treatment and injury prevention.  The latissimus is not all we think it is and is much more than we appreciate. 

Tim Yuhas will be coming on later in the month to do his webinar“Optimal Training for Today’s High School Football Athlete.

Anthony also posted a new episode of Strength Coach TV , a visit toCoach Boyle and Michael Boyle Strength & Conditioning in Woburn, MA.

You can checkit out at

Last Week on

Posted in Core training, Random Thoughts, Training with tags , , , , on February 11, 2011 by mboyle1959

I know I sound like a broken record but, if you aren’t a member you really don’t know what you are missing. If you are a member I hope you log on every week and read. There has been some great stuff both in article form and on the forum.

We had two excellent articles on olympic lifting last week . First up  was Why Olympic Lifts Aren’t Like Jumping with Weight by Chris Collins

Next was an article from Daniel Martinez entitled  Olympic Weightlifting for the Speed and Power Athlete. These are two excellent pieces for those who use the olympic lifts or are considering adding them to a program.

Next up was another from Anthony Donskov. Talk about a prolific writer. I might have to have Donskov Week each month to handle all the content Anthony is producing. Progressive Overload: Five Pounds at a Time is another great simple reminder about how things really work.

Next up was  a re=post of what has become a StrengthCoach Classic 25 Years, 25 Mistakes. Many people have said this is the best article I have ever written. If you haven’t read it, let me know what you think.

In addition, Anthony has another great podcast up. Episode 73 with Brett Jones, Coach Boyle and Alwyn Cosgrove is excellent. Brett does anoutstanding job discussing the current state of the FMS and Alwyn has a great segment about “tearing up and starting over”.

Video of the week:  Video of the Week: Quadruped row from Geoff Gervitz. Make sure you try this. Pretty interesting variation.

Lastly, log on and read what I think is one of the best forum threads in a long time Front Squats vs Back Squats is a real chance to get some quality education from some great thinkers on the forum.

Log on and read or, log on and just click these links.