We left for Nicaragua the day after Christmas and we hit the PO box before heading out of town. Much to my delight I had a box full of goodies from Laurie Draper. Laurie has been super helpful in the past with some Performance Menu projects so the care package should not have been a surprise. Here is what the box contained:
Most of you have likely heard of Mike Boyle, read his articles and listened to his podcasts. He is a highly successful strength coach in the Boston area and has worked with folks from every conceivable demographic, from kids to NHL stars. Mike has some controversial ideas (the back squat takes more than it gives) but he definitely PRODUCES. I have not read the whole book yet but it is excellent as much for the philosophy as for the field tested training methods. Boyle makes some strong points about safety, progression and competences that MANY people would benefit from considering. I particularly like his section on programming and his analogy between a cook, sous-chef and master chef and the progression as a strength coach. RE-hab, pre-hab, unilateral work, programming, periodization, smart use of GPP ( a means instead of and end…really important distinction to make when you are working with athletes as opposed to general fitness clients). I highly recommend the book for anyone who takes themselves seriously as a trainer. If you want to be a professional at this stuff the educational process never ends.
I think I’m the last person in the world to not read Dan’s book. It’s AWESOME. Funny, articulate and insightful. Dan has been competing at a high level in various athletic endeavors for…well, I long ass time. Dan has tinkered with everything, is always ready to learn and even more ready to share. He has good taste in Scotch too. Something that impresses me about Dan is he is a Coach That CAN. He does his workouts, he recommends “meat, leaves and berries” and oddly enough, that’s pretty much what he eats. Refreshing IMO.
In 4 DVD’s Dan covers his training philosophy, KettleBells, Olympic Lifting, and programing/training examples. I’ve only watched part’s 1 and 4 thus far as they grabbed my attention the most. I really like them. I tend not to be a big KB guy so I’m approaching that one with some hesitancy (Tom Corrigan has promised to cure me of this…problem but I’m I tend to like Mac’s and DB’s.. just weird that way!). In all seriousness, I will update this when I get to the other two DV’s.
I just wanted to let folks know about these resources and to thank Laurie for the continued friendship and support.