HMMR Podcast Episode 191: Sports specific bulls**t (with Michael Boyle)

Mike Boyle sparked an online debate when he called out sports specific training last month. In his opinion, no matter the sport, 90% of training doesn’t change. As an elite coach who has worked with dozens of professional sports, he has seen first hand what needs to be tailored to the sport, and what applies to all sports. On this week’s episode he joins us to talk shop about his approach to sport specific training and where it often goes wrong.

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Boyle is the founder of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, one of the first elite private training facilities in the country. Prior to start his business he 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. He’s also worked with a variety of other sports such as the US Women’s Olympic teams in Soccer, Boston Breakers, New England Revolution, and most recently the Boston Red Sox.

Our conversation spanned a variety of topics including where sports specific training has gone wrong, why most training looks the same, how he adjusts training to the sport, squatting, Olympic lifting, and running a business.

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Further reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic: