Two Eyes, Two Ears, One Mouth: Part 1

Posted: June 11, 2014 in Mike Boyle Internship

boyleOn Tuesday, my second day of the internship, we had a staff meeting where Mike addressed the 25 interns and 50+ staff members.  He reminded us that he has put the last 30 years into developing his training philosophy and that some things may not make sense yet, but they will.  He didn’t brag about his accomplishments, he doesn’t have to.  Everyone in the room already knows them.  He talks and everyone listens.  He went on to say he doesn’t care how much you know about anatomy, physics and training and that trying to prove this will only prove how annoying you are.  You must prove that you know how to coach before anything else matters.  “21-year olds are dangerous, they’re smart enough to know there’s more to it but don’t realize that they don’t know anything yet.”  I’m actually 23 but no one likes you at that age either says Blink-182.

As I sat there, I thought about how upset I was when I went in to observe one day a few months before the internship started to find out that the FMS wasn’t used the way I thought it was and that everyone gets the same exact program.  It didn’t take me long to find out how shortsighted I was.  FMS correctives are worked into everyone’s workouts and there are progressions and regressions for everything.  In reality, everyone is being trained for efficient movement, no one has the same workout, and I am a moron.  It reminded me of an old story I heard Mike say in an interview once about a family who for three generations always cut the ends off of the ham before putting it into the oven just because the grandmother had done it that way.  When she was finally asked why she did it, she replied that she did so only because it would not fit in the pan whole and then everything made sense.  This experience will serve as a reminder throughout the internship that whenever anything happens that doesn’t make sense to me, I have two ears, two eyes and one mouth for a reason.

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