To better understand the concept of functional training, ask yourself a few simple questions. 1. How many sports are played sitting down? As far as I can tell, only a few sports, such as rowing, are performed from a seated position. If we accept this premise, we can see that training muscles from a seated position would not be functional for most sports.
Rolling can provide great benefits both before and after a workout; however, rolling at the start of a workout is essential. Foam rolling before a workout decreases muscle density and sets the stage for a better warm-up. Rolling after a workout may aid in recovery from strenuous exercise.
Rotational throws are the best technique for developing power in the core and hip muscles. These exercises are particularly good for hockey, golf, tennis, baseball, and any other sport that requires explosive rotary action.
As mentioned in the section on vertical and horizontal pulling, straight bars determine the bar path and the shoulder motion for the lifter. Like the individual handles on the newer functional trainers or the handles of a suspension trainer, dumbbells allow the shoulder to have more freedom.
New Functional Training for Sports offers athletes, personal trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches the exercises, stretches, and programs that improve speed, strength, and power during sport performance while reducing the incidence of injury. The book includes full-color photo sequences and video demonstrations to illustrate complex exercises.
Train to perform at the highest level with the lowest risk of injury. New Functional Training for Sports, Second Edition produces the best results on the court, field, track, and mat, not just in the weight room.
Michael Boyle, one of the world’s leading sport performance coaches, presents the concepts, methods, exercises, and programs that maximize athletes’ movements in competition. A series of functional assessments help in determining the design of a specific plan for each athlete. Self-reinforcing progressions in exercises for the lower body, core, upper body, and ultimately total body give athletes the balance, proprioception, stability, strength, and power they require for excelling in their sports. Sample programs assist in the customization process and ensure each aspect of preparation for physical performance.
Boyle also draws on the latest research and his wealth of experience to offer programming advice and recommendations on foam rolling, stretching, and dynamic warm-ups.
New Functional Training for Sports goes beyond traditional exercise descriptions and explanations, incorporating full-color, high-definition composites of foundational movements as well as online access to video demonstrations, commentary, and analysis of key exercises.
New Functional Training for Sports is a refined and expanded version of Boyle’s original work published more than a decade previously. This edition offers the most current functional training expertise to apply to your specific purposes.
Chapter 1 Making Your Training More Functional Chapter 2 Analyzing the Demands of Your Sport Chapter 3 Assessing Your Functional Strength Chapter 4 Designing Your Program Chapter 5 Foam Rolling, Stretching and Dynamic Warm-Up Chapter 6 Lower-Body Training Chapter 7 Core Training Chapter 8 Upper-Body Training Chapter 9 Plyometric Training Chapter 10 Olympic Lifting Chapter 11 Performance Training Programs
Michael Boyle is one of the foremost experts in the fields of strength and conditioning, functional training, and general fitness. He is known internationally for his pioneering work and is an in-demand speaker at strength and conditioning conferences and athletic training clinics around the world.
Because of his expertise in sport performance training, Boyle has coached elite athletes on teams such as the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, New England Revolution, and Boston Breakers as well as the U.S. women’s Olympic teams in soccer and ice hockey. In 2012, Boyle joined the Boston Red Sox coaching staff as a strength and conditioning consultant for the team, which later won the World Series. His client list over the years reads like a Who’s Who of athletic success, including retired American football defensive end Marcellus Wiley, 2012 Olympic judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison, and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.
Boyle was the head strength and conditioning coach at Boston University from 1984 to 1997. From 1990 to 2012 he was the strength and conditioning coach for men’s ice hockey at BU.
Boyle provides performance-enhancement training for athletes of all levels through his Boston-based gym, Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, which has been named one of America’s 10 Best Gyms by Men’s Health magazine. Boyle’s range of experience includes training athletes from the middle school level to all-stars in most major professional sports.
“Michael Boyle has trained some of the highest-performing athletes on the face of the earth and mentored most of the strength and conditioning coaches and personal trainers on the planet. He’s a true pioneer in our field and, quite honestly, a living legend. I’m proud to have learned from Mike and even prouder to call him a friend.”
Alwyn Cosgrove-- Co-founder Results Fitness
“Michael Boyle is one of the greatest resources in the human performance industry. Using the best science, industry standards, and his innate ability to create efficient ways to apply the learnings at scale, he is continually improving his knowledge base. New Functional Training for Sports is a great foundation for a young professional and can be an additional perspective for the best in our field.”
Mark Verstegen-- President and Founder of EXOS™ , Performance Director, National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), Author, Every Day is Game Day and the Core Performance Series
“As a two-time Olympian who has worked closely with Michael Boyle since 2009, I can say with absolute certainty that he is the best there is. Without his guidance, knowledge, and constant support, I wouldn’t be half the athlete I am today.”
Meghan Duggan-- Assistant Coach, Clarkson University U.S. Women’s Hockey Team Captain
“Mike Boyle is someone I’ve given my utmost respect to as a fellow coach, trainer, and fitness professional for more than 20 years. His latest book, New Functional Training for Sports, is a must-read for any fitness pro, trainer, or coach desiring maximum success for clients or athletes. If you are serious about being a great coach, read this book and you will stay on the forefront of program design, functional training, and the latest techniques for preventing injury and maximizing performance.”
Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS-- Owner, Fitness Quest 10, Lead Training Advisor, Under Armour, Author, The Impact Body Plan
“Michael Boyle’s New Functional Training for Sports grants you access to one of this world’s elite strength and conditioning coaches.”
Kayla Harrison-- Olympic Gold Medalist, Judo
“Michael’s personalized program enables athletes to consistently perform at their best."
Gosder Cherilus-- Offensive Tackle, Tampa Bay Buccaneers