Coach Mike Boyle’s Functional Strength Coach 4 program
As a coach (or parent), you know how important strength and conditioning education is. Whether it’s a certification, a book, DVD, CD, video, or seminar, you need to keep learning.
If you aren’t learning, you are not staying the same, you are actually falling behind. You have to constantly learn, test, learn, test, and learn and test again.
So are you getting better or falling behind?
I’m guessing you are like me and are constantly trying to improve so you can get the best possible results for your clients.
Am I right?
Today is the day that Mike Boyle is releasing his Functional Strength Coach 4 program.
You can check it out here – Functional Strength Coach 4
I highly recommend you get this program if you are involved any way with your athletes strength and conditioning.
It’s his all new system of what he is actually using now with his clients. It’s the system that his staff uses at his Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning Gym (which Men’s Health Ranked as the #1 Gym in the Country).
Coach Boyle has been in the strength & conditioning world for more than 30 years and now you can bypass years of mistakes, trial and error. He has done all the work for you.
Functional Strength Coach 4.0 will improve your training programs years ahead of where you are now. He also includes his business secrets of how he started and grew his own business, Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning.
* If you’re the kind of coach who is always learning then this is the program for you and I don’t need to convince you of the importance of continuing education. You will be able to pick the brain of one of the top coaches in the world!
Go grab your copy of Functional Strength Coach 4.0 now. Your athletes will thank you later.
This Brand New special report from my partners as Prograde Nutrition unveils the disturbing secrets behind quite possibly the most often Doctor recommended nutritional supplement.
Most people have no clue about the potential dangers swimming around in their bottle of fish oil capsules. That’s about to change when you read this:
This vital health information is so important they’ve made the “What Your Doctor NEVER Told You About Fish Oil” report completely FREE – for the time being.
It is available for download from their secure servers at this link:
Yours in health,
After three years in the making and what seems like at least a year of coach Jason Ferruggia promising that it was coming soon, Mike DeSanti and Jason Ferruggia have finally finished the plant based Renegade Recipe Guide.
While the recipes are plant based (with a handful of recipes containing eggs) there are 134 amazing, mouth watering choices in there for meat eaters, vegans and vegetarians alike.
There’s a ton of delicious stuff with choices for all tastes.
If you or your friends are strict vegans and others are hardcore carnivores and they will all love the stuff in this plant based recipe guide.
The protein shakes, the pancakes, the soups, the salads, the pastas, the side dishes, the desserts… oh man, the desserts…
As the Italian side of Jason Ferruggia’s family might say… MAAAAADONE!!!
Trust me, you’ve never tasted better healthy desserts.
No artificial crap, no fake sweeteners, nothing. Just good wholesome foods.
So grab one today and let me know what your favorite recipes are.
Carbs, carbs, carbs. That’s what everyone seems to want to talk about. How do I avoid carbs?
Well, what you should be talking about instead is, “How do I get more lean protein into my eating plan?”
Now THAT is the right question.
You see, Protein is where it’s at. Check out these two little known facts about protein:
1) Protein requires more calories to digest than carbs or fat. This is called the “thermic effect of food.” In other words, your body uses more calories to digest protein than other nutrients.
Pretty sneaky, huh?
2) Protein provides satiety. That’s a fancy way of saying you feel fuller for longer when you eat protein
Good sources of Lean Protein come from foods such as:
Fish, eggs, poultry, lean beef…
But some people have trouble eating enough protein each day. Some people would like it to be more convenient for them.
If that’s the case with you then I have VERY good news. And it’s news I’ve been waiting to tell you for some time now.
My buddies over at Prograde Nutrition have finally released their pharmaceutical quality whey protein.
You see, not all Protein powders are created equal.
I have been using and highly recommend Prograde Protein
- Delivers unparalleled purity through low-temperature mirco-filtering
- Is naturally sweetened with Stevia
- Contains 5.3 grams of branch chained amino acids per serving
- Mixes instantly with just a spoon
- Enhances absorption and digestion via lactase and Aminogen
If you are looking for a high quality whey protein, check out Prograde’s Protein here
Yours in health,
P.S. – Prograde Protein is NOT just some run of the mill protein powder you can find anywhere. They’ve really hit a home run with this one.
I created a blog post a little while ago about “Solving the Pre-Game Meal Misunderstanding” and gave you ideas on options of what to eat before a game and what you should stay away from.
Well, I received many comments from my readers asking what they should NOT eat AFTER a workout/game.
That is a great question and one that my friend and nutritionist Jayson Hunter, RD, CSCS, just answered
Inside the report you’ll discover:
* Research proven ratio of nutrients your body craves as soon as you stop exercising
* How your body could be getting robbed of the results you are working so hard to attain
* The truth about the consequences your body goes through by fueling it incorrectly
* And, of course, exactly what to NEVER eat after you workout
If you want to make the most of your workouts (which of course that you do), make sure you head over and grab your copy of the report today.
Teen Sports Nutrition Blueprint
These days, it seems that almost every coach has some sort of a grading or ranking system for their athletes. Whether you’re calling them “A” players vs. “B” players, “Starters” vs. “Reserves” or “5 Tool Players” vs. “Prospects” it doesn’t really matter. The point is that grading a player enables you to more easily determine that players impact on your team and it’s chances of winning.
When it comes to evaluating my athletes nutrition…there’s one grade in particular that I find MOST CHALLENGING to make progress with when it comes time to improving their nutrition and that is my “CEE” Player. What is that? That’s my “Crappy Eater Exception“!
The “Crappy Eater Exception” or “CEE” player is that athlete that can pretty much eat anything they want and STILL excel on the field. In fact, I’ve seen plenty of these kinds of athletes in high school over the years. A lot of them are even racking up the All-Conference and All-State Team accolades.
The interesting thing about these kids is that there are fewer of them at the next level in collegiate sports, and then even fewer in the pros. Is it just a numbers game? With less athletes actually participating in competitive sports as the level of play increases? Nope! On a percentage basis…the numbers reflect what is undeniably true and that is…LONG TERM, you cannot excel as an athlete if you’re not paying attention to your nutrition.
You will simply be outclassed and surpassed by the athletes that are getting it right. Athletically, the gap between where this athlete stood in high school vs his or her peers may have been enormous and large enough to overcome the crappy eating that was actually pulling them closer to the pack. Makes you think…can you imagine how good they could have been had they had their nutrition locked in in high school as well?!?!
Anyway, when the talent and physical gap is closed considerably (as it is once they start to compete at the D1 or even D2 and 3 level), it’s those athletes that are doing EVERYTHING right that stand out above the rest and not only maintain the edge on the field or court, but also are the ones that make the team in the first place!
So while “CEE” players may actually look like “A”s in high school….long term, they are not laying the foundation to be a successful athlete (or even just a healthy adult for that matter) if they continue their poor nutritional habits. The challenge that coaches face is that often times, this is the athlete that is most resistant to change because they probably are excelling on the field DESPITE their bad eating. But that’s ok, but that’s what coaching is all about. Knowing each of your players and knowing the opportune time suggest a change of habits. For instance, even your greatest players have a bad game every now and then. It is usually at that moment that most athletes are at least open to suggestion. As long as you’re not in their face ready to read them the riot act, and instead are there to just provide some useful information that allows THEM to decide that it’s time to do something about their nutrition…you will have made your mark and had a positive impact.
Remember…awareness is the first step to change. When your athlete becomes aware that perhaps his or her “A” Skills are being undermined by their “C” or “CEE” eating habits, and if you’re there ready to provide the answer at that moment that it’s needed the most…you will elevate that athlete to a much stronger, healthier, better player going forward than they were when they came to you. And after all, isn’t that the hallmark of a great coach?
PS. Wouldn’t it be perfect if you could have a series of ready made nutrition “cheat sheets” that you could hand out to your players to help them overcome the most common challenges they’ll face with their nutrition? We talked about being ready to act at the moment that “CEE” player needs you the most. These cheat sheets keep you armed and ready like nothing else. And…they come as just one part of the Teen Sports Nutrition Blueprint System! To see more of what you get with this turn-key sports nutrition system head to http://sportsnutritionblueprint.com
There are many misconceptions when it comes to proper usage of supplements. To help clear up some of these misconceptions I am going to give you a timeline of when and what supplements you should be using in your diets, or implementing into your kids or athlete’s diets.
**Note that these ages are based on how the average child matures. There are obviously children who mature faster/slower than their peers. This is something you need to take into consideration when starting to add supplements to your diet. Also, as always…it’s wise to consult a physician before you take any new supplements. **
Multivitamin- Regardless of age, it has been shown that children who take an age appropriate multivitamin experience more normal growth patterns and suffer from less diet induced vitamin deficiencies. It’s sometimes hard to overcome family eating patterns when you’re a child. Maybe you’re parents don’t believe in eating meat and your diet lacks in iron? The multi helps to overcome this. Again, it’s important to point out though, in the search for the perfect multi…you need to look for one that is again, suited for their appropriate age. In other words…you don’t want to get them the same multi-vitamin that a 50+ male would be taking. Sometimes these “senior” vitamins (for lack of a better term…don’t worry, I’m creeping up there myself!) contain additive vitamins for prostate health and skin/hair health that a child obviously would not require.
- Make sure the multivitamin is designed for your child’s age group.
- Select a multivitamin that provides 100% of the daily value for all vitamins and minerals and is actually ABSORBABLE! (The biggest factor in determining a good vitamin from a substandard quality one!
- Store multivitamins out of your child’s reach and make it clear that they aren’t candy.
- Multivitamins should not be used a replacement for proper nutrition. Be sure you are still offering your child healthy meals and snacks.
Fish Oil- Fish oil is often overlooked when it comes to supplements, but as a young child you should be taking it. A lot of children will have a hard time swallowing this size of a pill, and will resent the after taste (fishiness) but the benefits are well worth it. Being young, taste buds obviously aren’t geared to like a lot of foods, fish being one of them. There are obviously a lot of children who eat fish, but for the most part kids would rather eat chicken or beef. Adding fish oil to your child’s diet at a young age gives them the Omega 3’s they are most likely lacking due to no fish in their diet, and can be the key factor in maintaining normal growth and development due to the critical role that fatty acids play in basically every cellular process! Yes…GO FISH has more than one meaning at this age!!
Ages 13-14 (Young Teens)
13/14 is usually the age that teens are introduced to working out with weights. Generally, before this time (and as a rule, before going through puberty where the tendon attachments and bones have had a chance to mature more) my recommendation is to stick with bodyweight exercises and tubing only. However, that said, by the time this process is complete and the teen has a chance to start lifting with weights, my general recommendation is to hold off on any supplements besides those we just spoke of. Really there’s no need at this point. With most kids growing like weeds at this time, supplements to accelerate this are sort of like overkill and can do more damage than good (particularly if the wrong ones are taken). Once you have a solid foundation and understanding of how weight training works, you can start supplementing with more than multivitamins.
1. Meal Replacement Powders / Protein Bars – There is a common misconception that protein is bad for you which is completely false. Protein is perfectly healthy. The only time excessive protein has been shown to be dangerous is in individuals with already compromised kidneys (since the kidneys will have to excrete whatever excess protein you don’t utilize). It’s my feeling that some of the justified criticism of protein bars and shakes comes from source of the protein used in the products and the additives/artificial ingredients that go along with the protein. Be careful to avoid things like added stimulants, prohormones, nitrous oxide, etc and stick instead to high quality pure sources of proteins and carbs and you’ll be perfectly fine and will gain the muscle repair and restoration benefits that this essential nutrient delivers.
2. Specific Vitamins – ie. B, C, E, Calcium, etc.
Ages 15-19 (Teenagers)
Now that you have spent a few years in the gym and understand how your body works you can start adding more supplements to your diet. My top recommendations here include:
1. Creatine Monohydrate- There has been a lot of talk about how creatine is bad for you and it promotes injury, and damages your system. This, in fact, can be true if you do not consume it properly. My first suggestion is to discredit the “loading phase” that a lot of these companies tell you to do. This means you take 4-5 servings of creatine for the first week or so when you first start. A lot of times the abundance of creatine is too much for your body to handle and problems may occur (namely stomach upset and muscle cramping). Stick to a steady 5 gram a day dose, drink plenty of water (can you say the pee chart?!?) for best results and eliminate those side effects. Remember guys, a lot of these supplement companies tell you the serving amounts to take, but they are the ones selling it. So be careful as to how much you are taking regardless of what the label calls for.
2. L-Glutamine – As the most abundant amino acid in muscle tissue (and also the most consumed during activity), L-Glutamine supplements are taken for the purpose of replenishing depleted stores. It’s not a wonder supplement by any stretch of the imagination, but then again…those don’t exist. Instead it’s a supplement that when taken consistently, can provide that extra boost in your recovery to leave you feeling refreshed, more energetic and a step ahead of your competition. And as we know…sometimes…that one step can mean the difference between winning and losing!
Want to know more in depth about the exact amounts and brands of these supplements that I recommend? See it all laid out in detail in my Teen Sports Nutrition Blueprint that you can grab over at http://sportsnutritionblueprint.com Take the confusion and technical out of nutrition and simplify it to the stuff that really works!
That said, I wanted to bring you the goods since this blog is all about you and your athletes. Without further ado…I bring you the official Pee Chart! What to do with this? Print this page out and post it on the wall over the urinals for your male athletes and inside the stalls for your female athletes. I know, sounds a bit strange and you know your athletes are going to be talking about it (and maybe even YOU for doing it!) but that’s not just good, it’s great!
You see…right now, the hydration levels of your athletes is sadly, most often an afterthought. It’s not until one of their friends gets violently ill (or suffers an even worse fate in the sweltering late August sun) that they stand up and take notice of the severity of the subject. Knowing how well hydrated you are as an athlete is not only a no brainer for good health, but it’s also a great way to gain the edge on your competition. We’ve talked in detail about the improved reaction time, the increased strength and power, the increased agility and the improved mental focus that comes with staying at peak hydration.
Imagine if you were able to identify when you might be slipping into the realm of poor performance BEFORE you ever set one cleat in that direction?!? How powerful would that be? And then imagine if you could reverse course and push back up to peak performance levels just by doing something that takes literally 10 seconds? Yep….swigging a cup of either water or electrolyte drink.
Get those athletes of yours to start taking notice of their urine by LITERALLY putting it in their face! Again, print this chart out and hang it on the wall right over the urinals. Hey…what else is there to look at?!? The cement walls that stare back at them while they’re losing water will never look so great (and be such a great reminder of how they need to replace the water lost!)
Ok, I’ll meet you half way here and agree that it may not be the easiest presentation you’ve had to make to your team, but then again…sometimes the things most worth talking about are the most uncomfortable to bring up in the first place. With the whole “pee chart” presentation, I’m sure I will have helped you at least break the ice so that laughs fill the room first and diffuse any insecurity you might have about the topic.
Remember guys…I had to deliver this speech to 25 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS!! You think your high school athletes are a tough crowd. Man! You can’t so much as have a pimple on your face without these guys wearing you out for hours…imagine how fun the charts were to discuss. But you know what? It actually was. Guys laughed. They made jokes. They talked about it amongst eachother (and yes…even compared notes!), but again…the goal was accomplished. Awareness had set in!
Having been such an easy to implement but important topic (again, especially for overcoming this blazing hot end to August as your athletes return to camp!) I wanted to make sure I went a bit more in depth for you and gave you the actual resource that I used that helped me to turn around the disinterest in the topic to one that was interesting to say the least! Don’t doubt your ability to deliver this message to your kids. They respect you and look up to you! As the late Tug McGraw once said….“You Gotta Pee-Lieve!”
Want more instant sports nutrition/hydration/supplementation tips and tricks you can use with your teen athletes that will seem anything BUT boring and uninteresting (no text book nutrition here guys!)? Then head to http://sportsnutritionblueprint.com and grab your copy of the TEEN SPORTS NUTRITION BLUEPRINT just in time for the new Fall Season. Be a better coach with just 125 pages of reading! That’s my promise to you!
Man…it seems like just yesterday that I posted PART 1 to this article! Just goes to show you how quickly the Fall Season is approaching! We’re now down to just a couple of weeks. That said, are you going to be ready when your kids get to practice to ask them the right questions? Will you be ready to get to the root of their nutrition woes so you can reverse course and help them make their nutrition an ally instead of an opponent? You will if you ask these questions. So without another second delay…let’s take a look at questions 4-6!
4. Are you taking Nitrous Oxide Products?
If so…tell them to stop! These incredibly popular fad supplements are the rage right now. I don’t have actual statistics but I would bet that at least 50% of all males (and some females) who are working out and taking supplements in high school are using some form of a nitrous oxide product…and that’s BAD NEWS! These “vasodilaters” are unsafe and definitely not the right mix for an athlete who may already be a bit stressed (from the competition of trying to gain a spot on the varsity) and who might have a tendency to dehydrate (particularly if they are NOT watching the color of their pee and ARE taking creatine already!). Nitrous Oxide (NO) products are usually laced with high amounts of caffeine to give an intense stimulatory effect. The caffeine not only interferes with motor control (yes that means that your athletes can become jittery and prone to false steps/injuries/etc) but it can drastically change your body’s ability to absorb other important nutrients like iron. The dilation effect that this causes on the vessels in the body will not only shuttle more blood to your muscles (which is supposed to be one of it’s benefits…giving more energy) but also to your brain! This rush of blood flow to the brain has led to more than just a few documented migraines and is not the sort of chemistry you want your athletes to be fooling around with. Want to get them pumped? Have them watch HOOSIERS or “300″ a couple times before the big game, or pull out your best Knute Rockne speechto motivate them and you will have accomplished the same thing….in a far less dangerous way!
5. Did you eat a snack before practice?
One of the most overlooked times of the day to be fueling up is right before practice. If you think about it, the last time the majority of your athletes will have eaten is at lunch time (usually 3 hours before). Attempting to go an entire practice with no more incoming calories is like trying to drive your car cross country when you’ve only got enough gas to make it across the state lines! In order to produce a sustained effort and energy levels your body needs to be “fueled” every 3 hours AT THE LATEST! Failing to do this is not only going to take it’s toll on the performance output for that particular day or practice…but in the long haul, the ability of the body to recover and grow stronger will be compromised as well. A prepractice snack of a protein bar, a piece of fruit with skim milk, a half of a peanut butter sandwich, or even some trail mix is enough to help them to sustain some blood sugar stability heading into the next two hours of intense practice. Knowing that your athlete has “fueled” their tank can now give you confidence in knowing that they can give you all they’ve got without attempting to “run on empty!”
6. How many hours are you sleeping at night?
WHAT?!? That’s not a nutrition question! Actually, indirectly it very much is! In fact, it may be the most important of all of them. Why? Because even the greatest nutrition game plan can come absolutely unglued when the body isn’t allowed to recover properly. When you are sleep deprived your body fights all day just to provide you with enough energy and focus to “zombie” your way through the day. None of the nutrients are used to build you up stronger. That would be a waste of good useable energy in a time when perceived survival is the more immediate concern. Dating all the way back to the cavemen…being alert and having enough energy to run in case you found yourself face to face with a T-REX (the prehistoric version of that 300lb left tackle!) was the prime focus of your body. Any incoming energy was directed at allowing you to survive in situations like this. Where do you think muscle growth and performance enhancement fell on that priority list?? Umm…nowhere close to survival! Same thing applies here. If you’re burning the candle at both ends and barely squeaking by on your recovery and sleep…I don’t care how good you’re eating, or how hard you’re training…none of that will be reflected in your results since your body will just be trying to keep you from sinking even further into the overtraining abyss. The phrase “playing for the tie” applies perfectly here. No continued decline, but certainly NO improvement at all (in your skills, focus, muscularity, or athleticism) if you’re not completing the “nutrition” picture with proper rest and recovery. 7.5 hours of CONSISTENT solid sleep a night will get the job done. Find out how much your athletes are getting…before their lack of zzzz’s puts them on energy empty!
So there you have it. The 6 simple but information loaded questions that you need to be asking your athletes when they hit camp just days from now. No hard sell is needed. No need to go out and try to get a 2 week PHD on nutrition. Just 6 informative questions that will help you get a huge head start on not only knowing your team and what you’re bringing to the field or court this Fall…but also a giant edge on your competition who aren’t asking these questions!
If you’re looking to accelerate your knowledge of nutrition however and want to really gain the upper hand on your competition (but still don’t have the time it will take to learn ALL the ins and outs and the detailed scientific chemical reactions of nutrition and how it relates to performance) then head to http://sportsnutritionblueprint.com and get your copy of the TEEN SPORTS NUTRITION BLUEPRINT! It’s the practical solution you can implement in days with your team that is guaranteed to equate to at least another W or more this season without changing anything else! How important could that be? Be back next week with some more new tips and tactics to get the most out of your athletes by targeting the “INSIDE” track of their nutrition! See you then!