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Facility Design Hints

Posted in MBSC News, Media, Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates with tags on October 9, 2015 by mboyle1959

Are you planning a new facility? Yesterday I got a question from a friend just getting ready to put the finishing touches on a new facility plan. The basic question was “Tell us what we might overlook?”

Here’s the list I sent him:

Ceiling fans like the Big Ass Fan ( really awesome)
Electrical outlets every 10-12 feet ( we have very few in our MBSC facility and often need them)
Rubber flooring wrapped up the wall 24″ in case you lean plates on the wall.
Mirrors 24″ off the floor ( again in case you lean plates)
Platforms built into the flooring, not raised.
Lots of masonry wall for throwing ( architects like to fur out and sheetrock.)
As much ceiling height as attainable
“Daylight” quality lighting. ( our architects at BU gave a a dark dingy space when we asked for bright)
Slideboards recessed into the floor ( see Brandon’s Stanford idea, w/ covers)

Also from an equipment standpoint make sure you get an MVP Shuttle and a Pilates Reformer. Two rehab musts that we often overlook.

Did you know that if you join you get my Designing Strength Training Programs and Facilities as a free download?  You also get a free download of Advances in Functional Training? Take a look.

Why Aren’t You A Member?

Posted in Random Thoughts, Strength Coach Podcast, Updates, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , , on February 22, 2013 by mboyle1959

I confess, I’m part of owner of but that still won’t stop me from telling you to sign up. We have now added Strength and Conditioning Webinars to all the other content and, the fact is there is probably too much content to read and watch. ( that’s a really good problem)

For less than $15 a month you can get your questions answered by some of the industries best on our forums as well as read two articles, watch one video, and get continuing ed updates. Take a minute and check it out if you are not already a member. You won’t be sorry. In fact, you can do a trial for only $1 for 3 days. You have nothing to lose. If you try it and don’t like it ask me for the dollar next time you see me. I’ll be happy to give it back

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

The Last Two Weeks on

Posted in Core training, Injuries, Updates, Training with tags , on June 1, 2011 by mboyle1959

It’s been two weeks since our last update so I apologize. I’m really going to try to get out one per week but, with me you never know. I went from the Staley Seminar in Arizona to Charles Stephenson’s Basketball Specific Seminar in North Carolina so I’ve neglected the internet side a bit.

As always though we had lots of great stuff on the site.

Robbie Bourke of Dublin, Ireland started us off with some great video of his favorite FMS Corrective Exercises

Justin Levine followed up with 10 Workout Strategies for Fitness Professionals

Bruce Kelly added Training Program for a High School Squash Team

Anthony Renna added Episode 80 of the StrengthCoach Podcast with Josh Henkin

Chris Frankel and Andrew Vontz brought us Heartrate Training for the Strength and Conditioning Coach

Anthony Donskov added to his growing list of articles with 10 Things I lLearned in 2010

and I added my annual Handicapping the Perform Better Summit in Providence.

As I always say, lots of great stuff to read. Make sure to take a few minutes and log on. Remember, if you have questions just  log on to the forums and ask. You never who’ll answer


Last Week on

Posted in Injuries, Random Thoughts, Updates, Training with tags on May 16, 2011 by mboyle1959

As always we have great articles and great forum threads for you to read.

Last week started with an article called Why I don’t Like Y-T-W Exercises

This was originally a blog post at and Mike makes a great case for why we might want to do things a little differently.

Next up was a great piece by Brad Kaczmarski called The Functional Fitness Formula. Brad does a great job of explaining how he motivates his athletes in this one.

Last up was another piece from Anthony Donskov. The article is called High Volume, High Impact, CNS Intensive = Exhaustion. This one looks at the use of high intensity programs like Crossfit and P90X.

As always, lots of great stuff to read. Make sure to take a few minutes and log on. Remember, if you have questions just  log on and ask. 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.

New Podcast, Webinars and StrengthCoach TV Episodes

Posted in Media, Random Thoughts, Seminars, Updates, Training with tags , , on April 20, 2011 by mboyle1959
Lots of great stuff to look at and listen to. 
Episode 78 of the Strength Coach Podcast is Up
New Episode of Strength Coach TV
Upcoming Webinars at
Episode 78 Highlights
Click here to listen

  • Hit the Gym with Strength Coach– Interview with Nick Grantham about Recovery Strategies.  Nick goes deep here..
  • Coaches Corner– Interview with Coach Boyle about the book“Talent Code”, Heart Rate Training and Metabolic Training.
  • Results Fitness Business of Fitness- Alwyn Cosgrove  on “Exceeding Expectations”
  • Ask Functional Movement Systems- Gray Cook answers a question about whether or not the screen can be hiding something
  • The Art of Coaching with Athletes’ Performance– Nick Winkelman talks about “Coaching from an Evaluation Standpoint”
  • Ask the Equipment Experts with Perform Better- Erin McGirr talks about a new product and the early bird special for the Chicago Summit.

Click here to listen

Strength Coach TV- Episode 6- Boston Univ.
 In Episode 6 of Strength Coach TV, Anthony visits Glenn Harris, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Boston University for a new of the newly renovated weightroom.  Check out Strength Coach TV


Upcoming Webinars at has some great new webinars coming this month from Charlie Weingroff (“Training=Rehb, Rehab=Training Q&A”), Keats Snideman (“Training the Sprint Athlete“),Justin Levine (“Warming Up for Peak Performance”) and Coach Boyle(“25 Mistakes -2011”)

There are over 80 webinars in the archives for you to watch at any time.  Try it for 1 Day for $1!