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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!

Why You Should Join

Posted in Random Thoughts, Updates with tags on April 16, 2011 by mboyle1959

I just got this post in the forum. I can’t even write ads this good.

“I was just reflecting on what an awesome site this is for $9.95 a month. Where else in this world and in what other 
industry can you get someone of Mike Boyle’s status and knowledge to answer a question you have about training high school netballers within 24 hours of you posting it? That is unbelievable when you think about it.”

Have you tried yet? Do you have questions?

Are You A Member Yet?

Posted in Guest Authors, Random Thoughts, Seminars, Updates, Training with tags , , , on April 14, 2011 by mboyle1959

Below is a blog post from Ben Bruno, an MBSC employee. I don’t think I can do a better job of plugging my own site than Ben does:

Learning on a Budget

Every week when I put together my compilation of Good Reads for the Week, I have a section at the bottom of the list entitled “Membership Sites.” Thinking about it more, I realize that title may put some people off because a membership implies spending money, and why spend money when you can get loads of other free information, right? Trust me, I completely understand this sentiment. As a new strength coach right out of school, to say I am not rolling in the dough would be an understatement. Still though, I want to learn as much as I can in order to become the best coach I can be and turn my hard work into a viable career down the road. Here’s the problem though; learning ain’t cheap. As much as I would love to attend all the various seminars and buy all the awesome DVDs and books, it’s just not in the cards right now. I’m sure a lot of you newer coaches and trainers can relate.

Before I ramble too far off topic, the purpose of this post is to tell you a little bit more about, which is the website where I get the vast majority of those “Membership” articles. Basically, it’s a forum run my Mike Boyle himself, along with an extensive article database and video library. I don’t want to spend too much time describing it because the site speaks for itself; check it out HERE.

The articles and videos are cool, but for me, the forum is what really makes the site worthwhile and differentiates it from all the other stuff out there. While Mike runs the site, it’s by no means a one-man show. In fact, the membership list reads like a veritable “Who’s Who” of strength and conditioning, personal training, and physical therapy: Mike Boyle, Alwyn Cosgrove, Bill Hartman, Gray Cook, Charlie Weingroff, Bret Contreras, Nick Tumminello, Dan John, Brett Jones…the list goes on and on. And these guys are not only members to put on the list to make it look better; they are also frequent contributors. This means that on a daily basis, you can read their knowledge bombs on all sorts of different topics. Moreover, if you are so inclined, you can ask them direct questions, to which you will get personalized and direct answers in a timely manner (usually a few hours, literally). If these guys don’t have your answer, they will find someone that does.

Here are a few examples to illustrate what I’m talking about. A couple months back, a member had a question about something he read in one of Dan John’s articles. Rather than try to interpret Dan’s work for him, Mike e-mailed Dan and asked him to jump in and answer the question directly. Dan gave an extremely detailed response and has been answering questions ever since. Similarly, another member once had a question about how the football strength and conditioning program at Iowa was structured. Again, Mike e-mailed the coach there and was given the exact layout of the program, which he then passed along to all the members. This all happened in the span of one afternoon. Think about that for a second. That almost sounds too far-fetched to be true. It’s not though; that’s pretty much a regular day on the forum. All that costs just $9.95 a month. In my mind, for someone new to the field trying to get the most bang for your buck, that’s money well spent. Also, because it’s a pay site, the members are all serious and passionate about learning, so you don’t have a lot of the negative banter that you might associate with an internet forum. It’s a positive community with everyone looking to help each other. There are a lot of coaches and trainers looking to expand their knowledge base, but also quite a few everyday exercisers that just want the most cutting edge information on training, dealing with injuries, etc. There’s something for everyone.

If you want to take it a step further, I also recommend that you check Like the website name suggests, it is a series of online seminars put together by all the top coaches, trainers, and physical therapists in the industry (many of whom are also members on I was honestly a little bit skeptical when I first joined because I have taken several online courses before that I felt lacked the same quality of live courses. These webinars, however, are top notch. They are put together with a series of slides, must like you would expect to see if you went to a live seminar. The slides are automatically synched up with the presenter’s words, so you don’t have to do anything expect just sit there and learn. To give you an example, I just watched one from Ben Shear called “New Concepts in Rotary Stability and Training the Rotational Athlete.” It was over an hour and was top-quality. They are all like this, and there are at least 2-3 new webinars coming out each month. Again, the site speaks for itself, so I suggest you check it out HERE.

It may sound hollow for me to be endorsing two sites operated by Mike Boyle considering I work for him. I hope this is not the case. I can assure you that I do not have any vested interest in whether you subscribe or not. I am not even an affiliate for either site. In fact, in full disclosure, the employees at MBSC get free memberships at both sites, but I actually pay for my membership at I signed up a month before I started working there and paid for the entire year up front, so I missed out on that perk on my job. I have never considered asking for my money back because I already feel like I have gotten my money’s worth ten times over


An UnSolicited Testimonial for

Posted in Random Thoughts, Updates with tags , on February 26, 2011 by mboyle1959

I have to admit that I was excited this morning when I woke up and read this quote from one of our members in the forum:

“Just a quick thought as I was planning for what continuing ed I will be paying for this year…

I’ve been a member for 2 years now, meaning that I’ve spent less than $240 on my membership since I first joined. It’s easily the best educational investment I’ve made in my career, thus far. Between the articles, forum discussions, and networking, nothing can compete.

Thank you Mike, the MBSC staff, and all the contributors to the site for creating such value for all of us. IMO you’ve done more for our industry, right here, than any other resource out there.”

Please note that the writer said it was the best investment in his career. If you read this blog either here or through a Facebook page, take a few minutes and join You won’t regret it.