Mike Boyle – Functional Strength Coach 7.0
Change Is Good…You Go First!
My main goal and hope is to encourage you to think about both training and life.
Really sit down and think. I want to challenge methods and strategies and ways ‘we have always done it’ so we can have a solid ‘why’ behind it.
Over the past 38 years I’ve coached thousands of athletes, from middle school novices to World Champions.
I’ve been through every fad and trend to come along. I’ve witnessed the emergence of the ‘internet guru’ sharing theories they’ve never actually used with athletes.
But most importantly, I’ve developed a sense of what works…and what doesn’t.
I’ve evolved and continued to seek out and superior ways to train my athletes, improving every year.
Besides getting our athletes to improve, I’ve also helped develop countless coaches, trainers and staff members.
As I find new techniques and strategies that proved to be successful with our athletes and coaches at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning (MBSC), I document them.
As you know, I am committed to sharing what really is working today at MBSC and our industry. So, every few years, I like to share what I’ve learned, how we’re using what I learned, what innovations or transitions I see in the future, what changes I have made to our programs…and how you can benefit from it too.
What’s Working…Right Now
There has been enough progression in our training over the past few years that I knew that I had to share what we are doing with our athletes right now.
Over the past few years I’ve learned a lot (hopefully you have too). We’ve tested tons of ideas and concepts at our facility, discarding most but integrating new protocols that have proven to be incredibly valuable to the development of our athletes.
That’s what good coaching is.
Change. An evolution.
I’m not saying if I make a change, you have to change but, shouldn’t you at least consider the change?
Consider the thought process, consider the logic, don’t simply revert back to what you like.
I’m often asked why ‘another Functional Strength Coach’.
The answer is simple.
We’re always evolving.
Our evolution as Strength Coaches is happening faster than ever before.
And yours should be changing and evolving too.
That’s why you’ll find Functional Strength Coach 7 vastly different than any of the previous FSC volumes.
Because I’m a student. Just like you. I’ve learned a lot recently that has made me a better coach, and in turn made our programs and our athletes better. And made our coaches better coaches.
Now I’m turning that newfound education over to you.
Functional Strength Coach 7 is spread out over roughly 7 hours of exclusive footage, this closed-door, all-day seminar plus the Functional Strength Coach Manual will give you my latest thoughts and strategies.
I filmed Functional Strength Coach 7 at PerformBetter in front of a group of about 50 coaches. Many of these coaches have been with me for a long time and have seen the changes to my system.
We get so focused on what we are doing, it’s like looking through a key hole at times. We need to take time and see different perspectives to widen our lens. Functional Strength Coach 7 will help widen that lens.
One of the coaches at the recording said it was “like having Mike Boyle at your staff meeting”. My hope is that you will join me and learn with me.
Discover Exactly What Changes I Have Made And What My Team And I Are Doing Right Now
Functional Strength Coach 7 is where I show the changes and share what I’m doing right now to improve performance and prevent injuries.
I only do these Functional Strength Coach series when I figure I have an entire days worth of new or updated thoughts!
I’ve been teaching/ advising for about 12 years with this series.
This time I’m going to start with something I’ve never done.
Here’s a brief list of what I get in to during Functional Strength Coach 7…
- Life Advice (haven’t shared this before)
- My journey as a strength coach
- How to take chances while you can
- Paying it forward
- How to cheat and who to cheat off of
- Taking ownership
- How to be a leader
- 5 BIG things
- How to get your athletes faster
- Rethinking our ideas about velocity based training / power
- Our big rocks
- Low volume training?
- Creating your own strength & conditioning recipe
- Analyzing problems
- Warm-up changes
- Five Big Training Cheats
- Speed development – biggest programming change of the last decade for us
- What is a Tool and what is a Test
- Strength Training vs Sprint Training
- Real Velocity Based Training
- Posterior Chain Training?
- Olympic Lifting? Is it yes/ no?
- Unilateral vs Bilateral Training
- Two Major Workout Changes
Why Should You Listen To Me?
I’m a business owner, a coach and a personal trainer, just like a lot of you.
Michael Boyle, MA, ATC
- Internationally recognized expert in strength and conditioning
- Former Strength & Conditioning Consultant for the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox
- Strength & Conditioning Coach with the US Gold Medal Olympic Teams in Women’s Soccer and Women’s Hockey
- Author of Advances in Functional Training and Designing Strength Training Programs and Facilities as well as over 20 instructional DVDs
- Owns and operates Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning
Over the past 38 years I’ve been a Strength & Conditioning Coach to some of the World’s Top Athletes including:
- The Boston Bruins (NHL)
- The New England Revolution (MLS)
- Boston University Men’s Hockey (NCAA)
- The Boston Breakers (WUSA)
- Boston Blazers (MLL)
- 40+ ice hockey medalists from the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics
- Over 20 1st, 2nd and 3rd-round picks in the NFL draft
- Multiple athletes in men’s and women’s World Cup Soccer and Summer Olympic Games
- Athletes from the PGA, MLB, United States Tennis Association and World Boxing Association
In addition to that I’ve spoken all over the world, been featured on HBO Real Sports, ESPN, CNNSI, as well as in Sports Illustrated and USA Today.
Pete Williams, in his book “The Draft: A Year Inside the NFL’s Search for Talent” names me as the guy who invented Combine Training.
I’ve also been known to develop some of the best strength & conditioning coaches in the profession, with my former assistants, students, former players, and interns are sprinkled across the collegiate and professional ranks with teams like the Miami Dolphins, San Jose Sharks, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Anaheim Ducks, and Boston Celtics.
And my facility, Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning, has been recognized as the #1 Gym in the United States.
I’m Still Having Epiphanies in Year 38
I’m a life long learner.
I have found that the coaches and trainers who invest in any of the Functional Strength Coach Series, that they are life long learners. They are also the most successful coaches. They don’t jump on the latest fad. They test and evaluate. They are constantly trying to get better.
If you are a life long learner like me, you try to learn for other life long learners. Because what you were doing 10 years ago, 5 years ago and even 1 year ago, is not what is going to get you to keep improving your program to get the best results possible.
I am often criticized for changing my views on things.
It’s odd because that is something I am actually proud of.
Why would people get upset at me for thinking, testing and improving?
The industry should be more worried about me (and other coaches) not changing. What if I was still using the exact same program for 38 years?
It’s ok to change. You actually need to change to grow and get better.
It’s said that Smart People
• Change their mind
• Use simple language
• Talk less but, say more
• Stay teachable
• Ask questions
I choose to be smart, do you?
IMPORTANT – Functional Strength Coach is NOT a Step-By-Step Program
Don’t think of it as a step-by-step system.
It’s not a cut & paste program you can take. Quite frankly, you do not need a cut & paste system. That would mean you would throw everything out that you are doing and replace it. That’s not what you need and it’s not how you become a better coach.
This is about lessons learned, changes made. It’s a thought provoking course.
This is the program to invest in and block off time to actually go through the entire program and then sit back and think about the program you are running and what changes you need to make to your program to get better.
It makes you question everything you are doing in your program so you can find better ways to do things so you can become more efficient and produce better results. It’s our ultimate goal as coaches. We need to constantly challenge our system to improve.
This is the program that leads to those challenges, to change, to making your program even better.
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