A few weeks ago, I went back East to spend some time learning from my personal training mentor, Mike Boyle. He's hands-down the most influential personal trainer on the scene. He knows how to take the precise science of personal training and bring it to a conversational level that is accessible for anyone. And then he translates that into a proven exercise system that works.
I've been competitive and athletic my whole life, but I've only been training others professionally for a few years now. Mike Boyle has been at it for 25 years longer than I have. He knows what he's talking about. He's smart; he gets it; and I can't say enough good things about this guy.
So, I went back and spent a week interning with Mike at his strength and conditioning center in the Boston area. He taught me a lot of valuable information that I brought back with me and have been integrating into my personal training sessions and my bootcamps. Probably the most important thing I brought back with me is a deeper understanding of the sequence that Mike uses in all his sessions.
Here it is, in a nutshell:
- Foam rolling (addresses tissue density)
- Stretching (addresses tissue length)
- Mobilization (We concentrate on mobilizing the ankles, hips, shoulders, and thoracic spine, but we purposely work on stabilizing the knees and low back.)
- Agility (basic athletic movement, footwork and coordination)
- Explosive lifts (Olympic lifts)
- Major lifts (to develop strength and hypertrophy)
- Conditioning (known as "intervals")
So that's basically it. Over the next couple of weeks I will be breaking down each component with a short video demonstration and explanation. Stay tuned . . .