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
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
“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
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
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
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