Designing Personal Training Programs

by Michael Boyle |  Date Released : 21 Jul 2005

  • Introduction
  • Time constraint of training clients
  • How do we condense vast functional knowledge into a 60-minute training session?
  • Fundamental question: How much time do you have? How many days do you have?
  • 5 minute walk on the treadmill = stealing
  • Muscle activation – are the glutes sleeping?
  • 10 minute active warm up
  • Small vs. large space warm up
  • Training “Density” – bang for the buck
  • 10 minutes for the core
  • Talking in body parts = ignorance
  • Tri-sets and super sets – 2 strength + 1 active ROM – creating space for recovery between sets
  • How to choose Tri-set exercises
  • Stretching antagonist vs. agonist
  • Always a work in progress
  • The evolution of understanding
  • Escaping from the known – “I know” vs. “I think at this time”
  • “Conditioning” in their own time after the session
  • Incorporate Cardio training into a training session only when techniques are being taught
  • Giving the BANG for the BUCK
  • Best way to make more money and gain more clients – Commit to your clients and do a great job
  • Our commitment responsibility to our clients
  • #1 business tool as a personal trainer – a mirror

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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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