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Functional Training for Sports 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0736046817
ISBN-10: 073604681X
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Editorial Reviews

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"Mike Boyle knows how to get results. He helped me reach my full playing potential, and in "Functional Training for Sports" he'll show you how to condition your body to perform its best during competition."
Brendan Shanahan
Detroit Red Wings

"With "Functional Training for Sports" you can become stronger and faster than ever. Boyle's system works! He helped me reach my dream of being a professional football player and enabled me to perform better than my peers."
Marcellus Wiley
San Diego Chargers

"Mike Boyle's training techniques have helped me to be stronger, quicker, and fitter. His approach prepares me for the long soccer season and gives me the extra edge I need." Functional Training for Sports "presents the most effective and efficient training program available today!"
Kristine Lilly
15-year veteran of the U.S. women's national soccer team
From Book News, Inc.
"This book offers a complete method for athletic development that focuses on training the body the way it will be used in competition, in order to develop movement skills, body positions, and power for any sport. Boyle (a strength and conditioning coach formerly with the Boston Bruins) provides tests for athletes to determine their starting points for training, and then divides regimens into training for the torso, the upper body, and lower body. The exercises focus on improving total athleticism, enhancing performance, improving stability and reaction time, and reducing injury. The exercises are demonstrated in black and white photos."Copyright (c) 2004 Book News, Inc.
From Running.about.com
"I have found in my own life that when I am doing things to develop my overall conditionmy running improves to a phenomenal degree. If you find only one thing in each cross-training book that I recommend you will agree, I am sure, that every book purchased is worth it's weight in gold. This one is certainly no exception."

From SJSports.com
"Mike Boyle could be called ""the strength coach's strength coach,"" this book is amazing!.. This book should be a part of every coach's arsenal."
From AthletesAdvisor.com
"Boyle makes a very good point about training for the specific demands of your sport."

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“Mike Boyle knows how to get results. He helped me reach my full playing potential, and in Functional Training for Sports he'll show you how to condition your body to perform its best during competition.”

Brendan Shanahan
Detroit Red Wings


“With Functional Training for Sports you can become stronger and faster than ever. Boyle's system works! He helped me reach my dream of being a professional football player and enabled me to perform better than my peers.”

Marcellus Wiley
San Diego Chargers


“Mike Boyle's training techniques have helped me to be stronger, quicker, and fitter. His approach prepares me for the long soccer season and gives me the extra edge I need. Functional Training for Sports presents the most effective and efficient training program available today!”

Kristine Lilly
15-year veteran of the U.S. women's national soccer team

From Book News, Inc.
“This book offers a complete method for athletic development that focuses on training the body the way it will be used in competition, in order to develop movement skills, body positions, and power for any sport. Boyle (a strength and conditioning coach formerly with the Boston Bruins) provides tests for athletes to determine their starting points for training, and then divides regimens into training for the torso, the upper body, and lower body. The exercises focus on improving total athleticism, enhancing performance, improving stability and reaction time, and reducing injury. The exercises are demonstrated in black and white photos.”Copyright © 2004 Book News, Inc.

From Running.about.com
“I have found in my own life that when I am doing things to develop my overall condition my running improves to a phenomenal degree. If you find only one thing in each cross-training book that I recommend you will agree, I am sure, that every book purchased is worth it's weight in gold. This one is certainly no exception.”


From SJSports.com
“Mike Boyle could be called "the strength coach's strength coach," this book is amazing!..... This book should be a part of every coach's arsenal.”

From AthletesAdvisor.com
“Boyle makes a very good point about training for the specific demands of your sport.”


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (August 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073604681X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736046817
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Boyle is one of the foremost experts in the fields of Strength and Conditioning, Performance Enhancement and general fitness. He currently spends his time lecturing, teaching, training and writing.

In 1996 Michael 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 founding Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, Michael served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Boston University for 15 years. Presently Boyle continues to serve as an assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Boston University, primarily responsible for ice hockey. In addition to his duties at Boston University, from 1991-1999 Boyle served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. Michael was also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the 1998 US Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team, Gold Medalists in Nagano, and served as a consultant in the development of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Michael has been a featured speaker at numerous strength and conditioning and athletic training clinics across the country and has produced nine instructional videos in the area of strength and conditioning available through M-F Athletic.

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This book is a good basis for functional training for anyone who is attemtping to make the switch from traditional training philosophies to more sport specific functional training philosophies. Although it lacks a tremendous amount of scientific backing, the concepts as a whole make sense and can be a valuable tool to make the transition to functional training. This book is not for the person who already has incorporated functional training into their own program design or the program design of their athletes. If you are already using functional training methods, this book will seem basic and simple with little or no new information from what you are already applying in your workouts, but if you want to understand why the deadlift is superior to prone hamstring/leg curl for speed development and why push-ups are better than traditional bench press then this book may be right for you.
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Let's start out with the good: there are lots of exercises, many of them creative, to give the athlete or coach new tools to use in their program. Michael Boyle brings lots of experience to the table through his involvement at his training facility.
But I was also very dissappointed with this book as it has no research backing and is opinionated. The entire book has only has 7 references, none of them being research articles.
Boyle states that functional training is based on the "latest scientific research" yet there is no research presented in the book at all. He states that he wanted it to be simple and to be able to be read and used by diverse people. I am not sure if he purposely left out research or not but it is research that truly tells me if something works or not. My conclusion with his findings are that he derived them from his experiences and from the books he cites in his references.
Boyle also seems to hold a grudge against exercise physiologists and is in love with physical therapists. He concludes that problems with top amateur and professional athletes' training regimens in the 80's were due to the dumbfounded exercise physiologists that teams employed. Not only is it harsh to generalize to all exercise physiologists, it's also just not right. On the contrary, all throughout the book though he quotes numerous physical therapists about how revolutionary their ideas are.
The book has plenty of pictures of exercises which is great. Unfortunately, photos showing action or movement have this ghost figure overtop of the regular figure that make the whole picture hard to decipher. I have no idea what some of the exercises are because the motion picture obscures the regular photo leaving it useless to me.
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If you're a sports athlete, don't train like a bodybuilder. Michael Boyle does an excellent job of explaining the difference and why it's so important. He gives easy to follow instructions to assess your current functional strength and identify your weaknesses. He then describes how to evaluate your sport and consider your strengths and weaknesses so you can develop an individualized training program to improve your sports performance. He gives instructions on how to begin and how to advance, with lots of pictures and detailed instructions on how to do each exercise. Really an excellent book.
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By A Customer on September 25, 2003
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I am currentley a high school strength coach who has been in the field for 17 years. I have integrated many of the exercises in this book into our program. This has been one of the most useful books I have come across in many years. It does not matter what your training style is, there is something in this book for everybody. My athletes love the new exercises that I have added to our program from this book.
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By A Customer on October 5, 2003
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I have never written a review before but this book was so good I wanted to make others aware. Finally someone has written a book about functional training that makes sense and shows practical progressions.
I could never understand why I was always pulling my hamstrings on the court in spite of doing tons of machine leg curls. This book does a great job of explaining why using machines make you good at lifting a lot of weight on that machine, but doesn't help your athletic performance. Excellent explanations without bogging you down with technical jargon. The exercise progressions are clearly explained. The only small deficiency in my mind is that I would like to see a healthy shoulders section (although he does touch on this in various places).
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the most current techniques in athletic training. Far, far better than Rosemarie Gionta Alfieri's mess of a book and much more accesible and practical than Gambetta's Guide to Functional Training. So far I haven't seen anything else like it on the market. I hope there will be more books like this.
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Training has changed over the decades as the science of the body progresses. Each successive emphasis in training has been an improvement over earlier ones, with athletes today in all team and Olympic sports simply better than their predecessors. If you want a sound and up-to-date way to improve your training, Michael Boyle's "Functional Training for Sports" is an indispensible book, whether you are a coach, athlete, parent or "do-it-yourself" amateur. As a professor in a program that deals with dancers and a coach who deals with winter athletes, I recommend Boyle's work if you want to be fit, quick, strong, agile and healthy. This is the latest wisdom on training now available to anyone who can read and follow excellent photographs.
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