The Importance of Strength

by Michael Boyle |  Date Released : 02 May 2012

  • Introduction
  • The most important aspects of athletic conditioning
  • Strength is undervalued
  • Strategies to developing strength
  • Progressions
  • Distinguishing between the need to do and the nice to do
  • Understanding what is meant by strength
  • Sport is life
  • Functional level of strength
  • Doing the wrong thing to get the right result
  • What is progression?
  • How do you properly progress a client?
  • Training obese clients
  • The difference between a fine saw and a chain saw
  • Most common mistakes made by trainers and coaches
  • KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid
  • How to avoiding common mistakes?
  • Lower body: Body weight before load
  • Upper body: Load before body weight
  • If it doesn’t make sense to you, think about it in greater detail
  • What do top coaches know that average ones don’t?
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • If you are not having "aha!" moments, you’re not listening to the right people!
  • Get around people who are better than you are
  • The more you give, the more you get back

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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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