Archive for Functional Training

Functional Training for Sports

Posted in Core training, MBSC News, Random Thoughts, Seminars, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females, Youth Training with tags , , on March 21, 2014 by mboyle1959

My first book Functional Training for Sports was published in 2004. This year we broke 50,000 copies sold worldwide with translations in German and Japanese. How crazy is that?

PS-Hope to see lots of you tomorrow at the sold out Perform Better Seminar in Boston with Robert Dos Remedios, Nick Winkelman, and Martin Rooney.




Are College Football Players Bodies Being Abused

Posted in Guest Authors, Injuries, Low Back Pain, Media, Random Thoughts, Updates, Training with tags , on April 8, 2012 by mboyle1959

This is a pretty good perspective from agent Jack Bechta. Nice to see that agents are waking up to some of the problems in collegiate strength and conditioning. Thanks to Cal Dietz for forwarding.

Defending Your Beliefs

Posted in Injuries, Low Back Pain, Random Thoughts, Seminars, Updates, Training, Uncategorized with tags , , on September 13, 2011 by mboyle1959

The link below is to a recent Jim Wendler blog on single leg training. It was brought up in a forum post and I thought I would share my answer with those of you who read this blog but are not members yet.

I’ve yet to come across someone who isn’t a fan or at least respects Jim Wendler.For those of you interested on his opinion:

Nice to see he can see both sides of the coin!

I liked Wendler’s 5-3-1 but when someone writes off my 30 years of experience as a publicity stunt it’s really hard to get excited about the guy. My goal is to get athletes better without hurting any of them. I have come to the conclusion that squatting on two legs is no longer part of that. If that pisses of the powerlifting crowd, so be it. As I have said before, I take a lot of heat from the powerlifters, olympic lifters, Crossfitters etc because I question their methods. I want olympic lifts from the hang, one leg squats and Trap Bar deadlifts, all done with great technique in a rep range that is safe. Is that so crazy?

I think I understand why those in the powerlifting and olympic lifting world reject these ideas ( and read the blog, Jim basically says single leg exercises provide a good stretch). For the past thirty years powerlifters and olympic lifters have been the go to source for strength information. As we move towards a more , dare I say, functional view of strength the sports of powerlifting and olympic lifting take on less and less significance. I think the future will prove me right, lets see.

PS- If you want to learn more about the future of our field from some real forward thinkers, check out Perform Better’s Meeting of the Minds in Arizona in October.