Functional Training for Sports


Michael J. Boyle
ISBN: 073604681X
ISBN13: 9780736046817
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Reach a higher level of athleticism with Functional Training for Sports! Functional training is a complete system of athletic development that focuses on training the body the way it will be used in competition, making it the most efficient and effective form of training today. Author Mike Boyle, renowned strength and conditioning coach formerly with the Boston Bruins, addresses movement, body positions, and abilities that are essential for success in competition. Through Functional Training for Sports, you will improve your total athleticism, enhance your performance, and reduce injuries through exercise progressions that will spur your development potential for specific movement patterns you commonly use in your sport. Providing tests for you to determine where to start, the progressions focus on training for the torso, the upper body, and the lower body. The book also provides detailed programs that incorporate the exercises and methods for these progressions. As you master each progression, you will be preparing yourself to perform in any situation with notable improvements in stability and balance, reaction time, core strength, and power. This whole-body, sport-applied system makes Functional Training for Sports your key to today’s most effective and efficient training!

About the Author

Michael Boyle is regarded as a leader in the field of strength and conditioning. Before his work with Athletes’ Performance, Boyle was owner of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, which emphasized performance enhancement and injury prevention to provide athletes of all ages. Before opening his business, Boyle spent 17 years as the strength and conditioning coach at Boston University and 10 years as the strength and conditioning coach for the NHL’s Boston Bruins. He was one of the first strength and conditioning coaches to prepare athletes specifically for the NFL Combine, a trend that is now industry-wide. He also was the strength and conditioning coach for the 1998 gold medal-winning U.S. women’s Olympic ice hockey team. Widely known for his work with hockey players, Boyle also has trained athletes in many of the major professional sports leagues in North America, including the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, and WNBA. In addition, Mike has produced eight videos, available from MF Athletic (1-800-556-7464 or Boyle lives in Reading, Massachusetts, with his wife, Cynthia. He can be reached at

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Adding Functionality to Your Program
Chapter 2. Analyzing the Demands of Your Sport
Chapter 3. Assessing Your Functional Fitness
Chapter 4. Designing Your Program
Chapter 5. Linear and Lateral Warm-Up
Chapter 6. Lower-Body Strength and Balance Progressions
Chapter 7. Hip Extensions and Healthy Hamstrings
Chapter 8. Targeted Torso Training and Rotational Strength
Chapter 9. Balanced Upper-Body Strength and Stability
Chapter 10. Plyometric Training for Power and Injury Prevention
Chapter 11. Olympic Lifting for Quickness and Power
Chapter 12. Performance Enhancement Programs

Words of Praise

“Mike Boyle knows how to get results. He helped me reach my full playing potential, and in Functional Training for Sports he'll show you how to condition your body to perform its best during competition.” Brendan Shanahan Detroit Red Wings “With Functional Training for Sports you can become stronger and faster than ever. Boyle's system works! He helped me reach my dream of being a professional football player and enabled me to perform better than my peers.” Marcellus Wiley San Diego Chargers “Mike Boyle's training techniques have helped me to be stronger, quicker, and fitter. His approach prepares me for the long soccer season and gives me the extra edge I need. Functional Training for Sports presents the most effective and efficient training program available today!” Kristine Lilly 15-year veteran of the U.S. women's national soccer team From Book News, Inc. “This book offers a complete method for athletic development that focuses on training the body the way it will be used in competition, in order to develop movement skills, body positions, and power for any sport. Boyle (a strength and conditioning coach formerly with the Boston Bruins) provides tests for athletes to determine their starting points for training, and then divides regimens into training for the torso, the upper body, and lower body. The exercises focus on improving total athleticism, enhancing performance, improving stability and reaction time, and reducing injury. The exercises are demonstrated in black and white photos.”Copyright © 2004 Book News, Inc. From “I have found in my own life that when I am doing things to develop my overall condition my running improves to a phenomenal degree. If you find only one thing in each cross-training book that I recommend you will agree, I am sure, that every book purchased is worth it's weight in gold. This one is certainly no exception.” From “Mike Boyle could be called "the strength coach's strength coach," this book is amazing!….. This book should be a part of every coach's arsenal.” From “Boyle makes a very good point about training for the specific demands of your sport.”