I was reading a post by Thomas Plummer and he stated that Mike Boyle was a rock star trainer driving change in the fitness industry. It struck me as odd to consider a trainer to be a rock star but as a day passed and I thought about it a bit I came to the realization that it is a perfect label for Mike. This label doesn’t suit him because he has long flowing hair or wears leather pants. It suits him because his contribution to the fitness industry is changing the game. He doesn’t accept that this is the way things have always been done, he constantly pushes to improve himself and those around him. He gets results and he spreads his ideas/methods to the masses. He speaks his mind, maybe creates a bit of controversy but he does it for a reason: to share what he believes to be right. And the final blow that solidifies his rock star status is that he has been banned by the NSCA… because he isn’t conforming to their standards and is speaking about it.
My first exposure to Mike Boyle was in 2004 when I was in my 3rd year of my Human Kinetics degree at UBC. I was taking a course called Conditioning for High Performance Athletes (the TA for the course was Carmen Bott – who in my opinion is also a rock star trainer) and I was given a book called Functional Training for Sports written by Michael Boyle. I wasn’t taking this course because I wanted to be a strength coach or a trainer, I was taking it because I wanted to make sure I was doing everything I could to make sure I personally was in the best shape I could be in for my final year of Junior A lacrosse. The course, Mike’s book, and quick chats with Coach Bott got me where I needed to be.
At that point in my life I wanted to be a PE teacher and a coach for high school aged kids, but after completing that course a seed was planted in the back of my head that maybe I wanted to be involved in the fitness industry. Upon graduation that seed grew and I began a career in the fitness industry. I often referred back to Mike’s book during my early days as a trainer and had great successes and Mike still influences me with the work he does. I want to share what I believe to be his greatest lyric: “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”