Archive for Anthony Donskov

18 People to Follow in the Hockey World.

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Media, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , , , on November 14, 2014 by mboyle1959

Nice post for those looking for training information. And yes, it doesn’t hurt that I’m first on the list or that my friends Kevin Neeld, Anthony Donskov, Sean Skahan, and Maria Mountain are on the list.

18 People to Follow in the Hockey World



Just Because You Volunteer Doesn’t Mean You Have Any Less Responsibility

Posted in Guest Authors, Hockey, Training, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , on April 24, 2014 by mboyle1959

Great piece from my good friend Anthony Donskov

I write this article as a Coach, not as a niche strength and conditioning professional, but as a Coach. The word Coach has tremendous meaning and implication regardless of sport or activity, paid or unpaid. We are life changers! We have the ability to instill values, create work ethic, and provide a positive culture for young men and women. Ask any middle aged person and chances are some of the most important and influential people in their lives have been coaches. This is a responsibility, and with great responsibility comes accountability! Regardless if you are a paid professional or a volunteer, you have the ability to change lives! Just because you volunteer doesn’t mean you have any less responsibility!

Most (not all) volunteer coaches have their children actively participating in the respective sport/activity. I’m sure everyone’s heart is in the right place, but consider, youth coaching has a profound impact on overall athletic development. Here’s how:

Motor patterns are groomed
Neuro-muscular patterns are set
Habits (good or bad) are ingrained
EXPERIENCES are remembered! Did the kids have FUN?

I have witnessed youth hockey practices where young children spend 40 minutes of a 50-minute practice standing in line waiting for drills. Is this fun? Is this organized? Are kids developing? Full field youth soccer scrimmages where athletes never touch the ball. I have also seen 90-minute youth football practices where coaches are talking systems without developing any type of skill set (running, catching, throwing, changing direction). It’s great that young Tommy knows the fly right, catch 22 pattern, but he can’t run OR catch the ball so how the hell is he going to get there? Below are three things that need to be considered before you volunteer as a coach.

Make the Choice: I have tremendous respect for anyone who volunteers his/her time. Everyone has a schedule to keep and volunteer coaches are no different. Time is a huge factor. Having a full time job and family make it difficult to plan and organize practice. If your not organized, your players will take notice. Make the choice to be organized! Whether that’s learning from an experienced coach, stealing practice plans (there are great practice resources all over the internet), or going to a few lectures. This IMPACTS the environment and aids in development! Make the choice! You have a responsibility to do so! You’re a COACH!

Keep Moving: When in doubt, keep kids moving. Jumping, running, throwing, catching, skating, stick handling, shooting, passing are all fundamental movements/skills that must be mastered before any system work commences. It’s also FUN! I call this camouflage work. Kids are having so much fun they don’t even know their working.

FUN: Kids want to have fun! Waiting in line isn’t fun, nor is a 2-1-2 fore-check system for a nine year old or playing soccer without touching the ball. Divide the field/ice. Allow kids to play small area games with the ball/puck. This promotes fast decision-making, running, skating, passing, stick handling, teamwork; ball/puck touches and is a ton of FUN!

Being a Coach is an honor and privilege. It holds more validity than we may ever know to the young men and women that we come in contact with. Just because you’re not getting paid doesn’t mean this doesn’t apply to you. Make the choice, keep moving and have Fun! In twenty years you may have changed more lives than you possibly could have imagined. This is worth more than money can buy!

Anthony Donskov, MS, CSCS, PES, is a former collegiate and professional hockey player, founder of Donskov Strength and Conditioning Inc., ( and Head Instructor/Director of Off-Ice Strength and Conditioning for Donskov Hockey Development ( He can be reached at .


Repetition vs Repetitions- Training Youth Athletes

Posted in Guest Authors, Updates, Training, Youth Training with tags , , on August 24, 2011 by mboyle1959

My friend Anthony Donskov wrote this article for a few weeks ago. I liked it so much we added it as a free article so more people could read it. Take a second and have a look.

Repetition vs Repetitions: Training Youth Athletes Updates

Posted in Random Thoughts, Updates, Training with tags , on May 3, 2011 by mboyle1959

I have been really lax about getting my updates up. Sometimes when things are going well you get lazy. There have been a ton of great articles on the site starting with Evolution of a Strength Coach Part 2. I already posted it on this blog but if you missed it, take a second and read it. Frequent contributor Anthony Donskov posted a reply titled Back to the Future-Fast Forward Learning. If you are a member and haven’t logged on in a while come back and catch up. If you aren’t a member, spend a dollar and try it out.

Also, we still have a few spaces left for the Arizona Seminar in two weeks. This will be a great event with only 50 attendees and 12 hours of intensive instruction.

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.

Last week on

Posted in Updates, Training with tags , , , on September 10, 2010 by mboyle1959

I really thought I would get a handle on these updates after the summer ended but it’s Friday again and here I am writing about last week.

First up last week was Teaching Olympic Lifts by Josh Bonhotal. Josh is a the Assistant Strength Coach for the Chicago Bulls and another former MBSC intern. This article details how Josh teaches the olympic lifts. I’ll note that this is not how we teach them at MBSC. We are whole method teachers and actually choose to teach the complexes at the end of a session rather than at the beginning. I think it is really important to highlight contrasting styles on the site.

Next up was The Beginning of My Experience as an Intern at MBSC by Ben Bruno. Ben is a young guy who has just begun his internship and provides a great perspective. These types of articles allow some of our younger site members to get a nice view of the process.

The third article for the week was Work the Great Equalizer in Strength and Conditioning by Anthony Donskov. Anthony is a site member who has really begun to provide some quality content and this piece is another in a series of great contributions. Don’t let the title fool you. Anthony is talking about acceptable range of motion. This is a must-read article.

Video of the Week is a TRX Prone Reach and comes from Dewey Neilson. Make sure to check out Dewey’s shirt in the video.

Also, Anthony has Episode 63 of the StrengthCoach Podcast up. I know I mentioned it before but, take the time to download it and listen to Dave Tenney.

If you haven’t been on the site in a week, make sure to log on, read and listen.