Friday, January 1, 2010
Coach Michael Boyle seems like a really nice person who rubs some muscleheads the wrong way. The herd was livid when he suggested that competitive workouts could drive athletes and soldiers to carry 'training' a little too far... People attacked his manhood when he had the audacity to suggest that maybe, just maybe, athletes don't need to back squat... He makes you think and question... and that pisses off people who can't think for themselves. "Advances In Functional Training" will be no different. There are many gems in it to be mined, cut, and polished for coaches and athletes, but someone won't like the term "functional", or that Coach Boyle doesn't look like Vin Diesel. If you can't get past these things, then read no further - my review will not be useful to you.
Michael Boyle's new book "Advances In Functional Training", without a doubt, is a must-read on the subject of current strength and conditioning practices. The influences of Shirley Sahrmann, Stuart McGill, Mark Verstegen, Dan John, Paul Chek, and Gray Cook are readily apparent, and if you don't know these people well, then you're behind because they, as a group (along with Michael Boyle and other notable 'revolutionaries' such as Louie Simmons and Pavel Tsatsouline) have shaped the face of strength and conditioning over the past 15 years. Having this book would be a great place to start if your knowledge needs shoring up. Unlike other books that require you have a copy of your Anatomy Coloring Book handy, or enjoy Mel Siff as light bedtime reading, "Advances In Functional Training" is not written for the research aficionado - it is written for coaches and athletes. It assumes basic exercise literacy - there are not a lot of detailed exercise descriptions, and it does not cover the finer nuances of the Bulgarian split squat. There is great discussion about a variety of topics pertinent to coaches, such as development for football combines, injury prevention, and basic physiology as it applies to common strength deficits in the gym and on the field. "Advances" is a MUST-HAVE for the budding strength and conditioning coach or trainer who is looking for readily applicable information concerning assessments, exercise selection, methodology, and programming.
Posted by Boris at 12:00 AM