Quotes from Coach Boyle

Anyone who knows me knows that I have been heavily influenced by Coach Boyle as well as the rest of the Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning family. As I was going through some of my notes from the Strength Coach Podcast, MBSC Staff Meetings, and other speaking engagements, I realized I had a ton of quotes from Coach Boyle that I had written down. Here are a quick 40 quotes…enjoy!


1. Are you the guy that helps people move better and feel better or are you the guy that just adds strength to dysfunction?

2. We want core stability, not core strength.

3. Want an excuse to do surgery, just do an MRI.

4. Cool and good aren’t the same thing.

5. They say you only retain 10% of what you read. So you have to read a bunch of shit to know anything.

6. There is always a cause and effect to injuries that our athletes have.

7. It might be our field but people are vigorously against change. I don’t know if people really want to get better.

8. An epidemic in our profession is that disagreement is negative.

9. If you haven’t changed your program in 10 years you were either way ahead at one point or way behind now…and I’m pretty sure I know which one it is.

10. When does risk outweigh reward when it comes to squatting?

11. Make sure athletes are getting better every week, even if its small progress.

12. Probably 20% of people are naturally good squatters while 80% aren’t…yet for some reason we program for the 20%.

13. You never see anyone who can run or jump who doesn’t have an ass – in any sporting activity.

14. We want to be simple, not just safe.

15. If it doesn’t look athletic, it probably isn’t.

16. Our athletes are so healthy because we plan for them to be so healthy, nothing is ever by chance.

17. The best corrective and coaching cue is usually to simply take some weight off the bar.

18. Steal smart peoples stuff.

19. Over the course of 12 weeks, a program needs an eccentric and isometric portion at some point.

20. On hiring coaches: You can make people smarter, you can’t make them nicer.

21. Be a positive role model for your athletes. Whether you realize it or not, you have a huge influence on them.

22. Athletes get hurt from large loads.

23. Always be willing to change your mind on anything. Don’t fall in love with certain exercises.

24. Care about your athletes, provide great service, and do the little extra.

25. What if the way we’ve always done things was wrong?

26. If you don’t have a ‘why’ for an exercise, why is it in the program?

27. You can’t stop learning. There are plenty of things we are doing that we will eventually find out we were wrong about.

28. Instead of changing, most coaches just want to justify continually doing what they are doing.

29. The highest form of leadership is when people don’t know your leading them.

30. We don’t want variety until we have mastery.

31. How many little things can you make a little better?

32. Maximum benefit, minimal load.

33. The worth of an exercise is not the same as the weight lifted.

34. Sumo and Trap Bar deadlift are essential a squat without a bar on your back.

35. The best corrective exercises are good exercises themselves.

36. Coach all athletes the same, no matter who they are.

37. We’re in the business of changing lives. You’re and role model. You’re a mentor.

38. Be brilliant at the basics.

39. Be the most positive person in the room.

40. Don’t be too busy to get better.

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