After my last fight when conditioning was obviously an issue, I knew I needed to shake things up. Curt Wilson was one of the guys from my gym and he kept telling me had a great guy for strength and conditioning when I wanted to change things up. Turns out, Curt used to work for the Red Sox as an athletic trainer and he also worked for Mike Boyle at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (MBSC). Being oblivious, I had no idea who Mike or MBSC was or what Curt was even talking about, but I was willing to listen and look into it.
I ended up hooking up with Kyle Holland and have been meeting with him a few times a week. Kyle is one of Mike’s trainers and is a pretty big MMA fan. I try not to hold it against him for not being a wrestler, even though he is from Iowa, but it’s tough some days. How can you be from Iowa and not wrestle? Really?
Anyways, MBSC has been a GREAT experience for me. I definitely see a gap in my training filled. I have been getting up at 5am a few days a week to drive an hour to an hour and a half (depending on traffic) to workout. That is how valuable I think it is. I have gotten much stronger, rounded out my body so my weak side is more even with my strong side and my conditioning has made a huge jump.
I was shocked when they started their summer camp. There were tons of high school and college athletes there getting ready for their respective seasons. I remember being in high school and some kids seemed like absolute machines and had been doing off-season work… and this was it.
One of my favorite training quotes ever is: “Champions are made in the off-season.” MBSC is evidence of that. Check out BodyByBoyle.com for more information.