Sunday Morning, Can’t Wait to Finish “Advances in Functional Training”

In a day or so, I will have a real review of Michael boyle’s new book, Advances in Functional Training. I’m hoping Laree will look in and provide a picture or link, but, before I get too far, I have to tell you that I love this book.

As all of you know, I am convinced that Pavel’s books have it dialed in. In my forward to “Enter The Kettlebell,” (by the way, William Shakespeare left the grave, came over to my house and said: This (the forward) is what I was trying to say in all my plays, weeped deeply and sadly departed) I stated “Do this!” That’s why I love Pavel’s books. You read a page, hop up and start doing the thing described. His workshops are the same: get up and do it.

Michael’s book is different. Like some of the articles I write for t-nation, he does this interesting little dialogue. Something comes across his radar and he labels it. For me, it’s usually “what a load of crap.” But, Boyle goes the next level. It’s fun to read this stuff. Probably every three pages has a “I thought this was good, but now…” or a “I thought this was dumb, but now…”

You see, that is how it goes in the real world of strength training. This is truth: probably 80 percent of what works is known by everyone. Getting to know that 80 percent is one thing. Getting it to your athletes is another. Not getting your athletes hurt is another. The other twenty percent probably doesn’t matter that much. Boyle walks you through the big things, how to explain and teach them to your athletes and, rule one, not hurting your athletes.

Here is another key for me to like a book: can I take away something right now and do it. I mean “now” now, not in months. Here is what I am going to do after reading Michael’s book: I’m going to yoga in an hour. I am bringing my foam roller and I’m going to get there early and roll before I stretch because he says it is a good idea to do as an older athlete. Boom! One quick flip through the book and I have an idea that makes sense. In a few hours, I can say “this worked” or “this didn’t.”

If there is a secret, and I’m not sure there is, doing always trumps discussing.

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