Functional Strength Coach 3.0
Last fall, Mike Boyle revealed his latest ideas and methodologies with the release of Functional Strength Coach 3.0.
I was lucky enough to get it for Christmas, and still reference it frequently for programming ideas. But for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, Mike is offering a limited number of partially used copies of the eight-DVD set at a discounted rate for a limited time (as in, they’ll probably be gone by the time you read this…Sorry about that.)
Anyway, I highly recommend purchasing a copy, discounted or not and STRENGTH COACH OR NOT. The information is simplified and applicable to anyone who trains. You’ll get Boyle’s private presentations on the joint-by-joint approach to training (unedited and complete with jokes, anecdotes and Boyle-esque analogies), along with additional lectures on core training and the lumbar spine. Here, Boyle explains his rationale for choosing certain exercises (like roll-outs and the RFESS) and avoiding others (like crunches and, of course, the back squat – which has since contributed to his being banned by the NSCA…).
Coach Boyle may have some ”off-limit” exercises, but he also has plenty of “better” alternatives to share. In fact, he all but lives by the philosophy of another great coach, John Wooden, who died over the weekend: “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” Much like Boyle, the humble yet highly influential ”Wizard of Wooden” considered himself nothing more than a “teacher in the public eye.” May he rest in peace.
Also included in FS3 are updates on the latest developments in CNS and circuit training, and practical demos of Boyle’s own mobility and flexibility circuits done to timed music from Workout Muse. (Warning: The first run through is a little disorganized, but once the attending strength coaches learn numerical order and what “stop,” “switch” and “begin” mean, the rest is smooth sailing.)
The package comes with a follow-along manual, articles and some of Boyle’s program templates, as well as one Workout Muse CD. Just like Mike’s exercises, Functional Strength Coach 3.0 offers some great bang for your buck.