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Jan 16, 2019

Mike Boyle is one of the foremost experts in the fields of Strength and Conditioning, Functional Training and general fitness. He currently spends his time lecturing, teaching, training and writing. In 1996 Mikel co founded Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, one of the first for-profit strength and conditioning companies in the world. Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning exists for one reason: to provide performance enhancement training for athletes of all levels. Athletes trained range from junior high school students to All Stars in almost every major professional sport.


Prior to Co- founding Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, Mike served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Boston University for 15 years, also for the past 25 years he been  the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Men's Ice Hockey at Boston University. Mike also was the Boston Red Sox strength and conditioning coach in 2013 that won the World Series. In addition to his duties at Boston University and the Red Sox, from 1991-1999 Boyle served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. Mike was also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the 1998 US Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team, Gold Medalists in Nagano and 2014 Silver medalists in Sochi, and served as a consultant in the development of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In this episode of Barbell Shrugged, Mike discusses starting the strength program at Boston University, being the first voice in strength and conditioning online, the process of continual growth 30 years later and creating an entire industry and reshaping the way our country views strength coaches.



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Episode Breakdown:


⚡️0-10: Mike Boyle’s background and the importance of opportunity  

⚡️11-20: How to be a good strength coach and why reading is important

⚡️21-30: How to go from follower to leader

⚡️31-40: The importance of perspective, developing good coaches, and finding the right people

⚡️ 41-50: What is the role of a strength coach?

⚡️51-60: The Crossfit conversation and how to prescribe exercise

⚡️61-68: The fundamentals of strength and conditioning and squatting

⚡️69-80: Finding the holy grail



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