CNS Intensive Training

by Michael Boyle |  Date Released : 16 May 2007

  • Introduction
  • Genesis with friend getting big gains with athletes
  • Intense central nervous system work -> imposing on strength gains
  • Strength and conditioning for sport – keep adding different components to each workout until CNS intensive everyday
  • Proposal – do all CNS work on two days only and give the athlete five days for CNS to recover
  • Changing programs, walking away a changed individual
  • Athletes response to letting CNS recover
  • Pro sports success
  • Common sense is sometimes not so common
  • Plateaus in strength training gains re-explored
  • Are we overwhelming our CNS?
  • Basic advice – 75% of 100
  • One day per week go 100%
  • Load spine (with bar on back) 1 x per week
  • Beginners do better with repetition, not necessarily true for elite
  • Need appropriate progression
  • Overwhelm can sneak up on you
  • Everyone’s different
  • How to train a group with one program?
  • Basic things everyone needs to master
  • Keep the categories of training the same
  • Progress and change the specifics of the exercises depending on day and indidividual
  • We do all the thinking -> you do all the lifting/training
  • Planning – must have a script
  • Human mind – path of least resistance machine
  • Conclusion

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Michael Boyle

About the author: Michael Boyle

Michael Boyle is known internationally for his pioneering work in the field of strength and conditioning and is regarded as one of the top experts in the area for sports performance training. He has made his mark on the industry over the past 30 years with an impressive following of professional athletes, from the US Women’s Olympic teams in soccer and ice hockey to the Boston Bruins, Boston Breakers, New England Revolution, and most recently the Boston Red Sox. His client list over the years reads like a "Who’s Who" of athletic success in New England and across the country including legendary Boston names such as Nomar Garciaparra, Cam Neely, and Ray Bourque.

Mike is a featured speaker at numerous strength and conditioning and athletic training clinics across the country and has produced many instructional videos and DVDs in the areas of strength and conditioning, personal training and rehabilitation.

In 2012, Michael was selected to become part of the Boston Red Sox coaching staff, acting as a strength and conditioning consultant for the team.

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