Michael Boyle is one of the guys who inspired me to think about the idea of functional training. A coach with an exciting background. He studied athletic training and progressed over the years to become a performance enhancement specialist. Since 4 years I am working with the functional approach. To put it in a nutshell, functional training is all about movement and posture training with the goal of healthy movements and healthy athletes or clients. Mr. Boyle's work aims at a deeper understanding in the field of functional training. His knowledge of functional anatomy helped him finding some injury mechanisms. It is maybe only anectotal, but, fact is that he coached a soccer team for over 6 years with no ACL- injuries during that time. The new book shows the development since his book "Functional Training for Sports", covering over a decade. It also includes some interesting facts about his progress as coach. I am truly fascinated by the author's honest words, because development means making mistakes. Boyle is straightforward and admits that he made some while doing and shows his readers how he found new solutions. He is still on his way to find the perfect system. This desire helps him progressing and learning from other professionals like physical therapists Sahrmann and Gray Cook, performance enhancement specialists like Mark Verstegen or the research of Stuart McGill. The coach livings by his approach. He performed nearly all exercises by himself to serve as a model for the book. The books includes many interesting ideas which are worth thinking about. It also describes a new core concept and the related change in choice of exercise.. Boyle, for instance, writes that performance is more reliable than physiological testing and his argumentation makes sense in my eyes. It does not mean that he denies physiological testing, but his approach is that for athletes it has to be more performance based. Over the years of coaching he observed some interesting things. Especially concerning injuries. He says that pain is mostly one step away from the source of the problem. He also shares a lot of coaching experiences he has made. I like his teaching rules for movement techniques for Olympic Lifting. Experiences he made with runners result in the devolopment of the endurance cycle. Mike Boyle offers his colleagues helpful advices for programming with the arranging the programs of his facility Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning. His experiences with testing and his tips for choosing of the appropriate equipment are worth reading. If you are an athlete studying only the part of developing single-leg strength and adapt for instance the single-leg squat to your program than this book would be a great investment for your body and, of course, for your performance, too. His shared knowledge is a very good base to work with. For me as a young man in the field it is very beneficial working with the knowledge of the experts.
Ich habe viel über dieses Buch gehört, bevor ich es mir angeschafft habe. Rückblickend kann ich nichts davon verstehen. Grob zusammengefasst muss man sagen, dass der Buchtitel unvollständig ist. Aus Advances in Functional Training muss Advances in my functional Training werden. Das Buch stellt eine biographieähnliche Zusammenfassung von Gedanken und Schilderungen des Autors zu seinen Trainingsmethoden dar. Grundlegende Punkte (Intervalltraining statt LISS Cardio, Lobeshymnen über olympisches Gewichtheben, Trainingspläne im klassischen Split uvm.) lassen sich genauso in jedem anderen Buch nachlesen. Begründungen sachlicher Art fehlen hier, die gegebenen Begründungen sind durch und durch empirischer Art (ich habe während meiner Zeit als Trainer festgestellt, dass...) Des Weiteren muss man beanstanden, dass die im Buch angesprochenen Punkte nicht ohne weiteres auf den normalen Trainierenden übertragen werden können. Der Autor gibt Argumente dafür, Kreuzheben und Kniebeugen nur in Abwandlung bis garnicht ins Programm zu nehmen. Stattdessen werden unilaterale Übungen empfohlen (die zwar funktionieren, aber lange nicht so effizient sind wie Grundübungen).
Fazit: Als Einsteigerbuch ganz gut geeignet, nicht zu selbstloblastig, aber bedarf durchaus einer kritischen Überlegung um die Inhalte auf das eigene Training anzuwenden
my first book introduction to functional training. I have a lot heard about it and read also on internet. I am rather training with weights old style but this has made me thought and rethink some of the strategies/exercises.
To understand how you can most benefit from the book you need to take the title literally, it does not present the functional training bible A-Z, rather it builds up on already released books and this discusses only the changes in the author thinking since publishing them. Still, it has a good overview and one can design a very good training plan based on the book.
For me the most important things - eye openers were - I have always thought functional training is about small weights and balance boards. The author is not against heavy weights, it is just that perfect technique and difficult environments which are kind of his prerequisites - stability boards - are making it very difficult to use heavier weights. Still, the author says even his clients would use heavy weights regularly to develop the required strength - so I believe there is a misconception out there that is clarified when reading this book - the first chapter, particularly the section on which joint is responsible for flexibility and which for stability - and the impact of this knowhow on exercise selection is invaluable - for me as a runner, the section on running being not healthy actually does make sense, and I realized that I am not doing running because it is healthy but because I like it - honestly how many time do you hear bikers talk about injuries and injury prevention
Excellent and I would definitely look into this together with some sort of functional movement screen assessment - you do not necessarily buy one, you can see some stuff on internet, but this is absolutely helpful to understand what are your inherent limitations, that you should work on, to make sure you reduce risk of injury when doing sports.