The 2017 Coach | Ch. 2

“The key is finding the right tool for the job. I have a saying I use in my seminars: ‘Chainsaws are bad for molding.’ Some guys just love the chainsaw, but it’s really only a good tool for cutting up trees. Use the right tool for the job.”

Mike Boyle Strong Athlete, Zero Injuries

There’s the man himself (along with a giddy fangirl. There I said it so you don’t have to…)


What Mike said should not be taken lightly. In fact, it may just be one of the most important standards for The 2017 Coach. I have heard him elaborate on this a bit deeper in saying something along the lines of… There’s always a TRX guy or a Barre girl or a Barbell savage who takes any client regardless of their movement quality or workout age or lack of listening to their client’s real desires (ARTICLE PLUG) and forces them into their favorite program. In other words, “Oh, you want your kitchen remodeled? I can do that I’m a chainsaw guy…” Blood everywhere.

Next level talk and action items:

We have to become masters of all of the tools (KBs, TRX, Barbells, etc.), but that is the easy part. That is just a matter of taking our role serious and putting in some elbow grease. The real mission is to know exactly what tool to use, when to use it, and who for. That is also where most I’ll say ‘trainers’ screw it up.

We have to adopt a standard operating procedure for how we program. One that is adaptable, effective, and safe.

If you are running the flavor of the week warm up (if at all) and then forcing your people into your preferred tool because “that’s how I got ripped” YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG.

But, rest easy, Sparky, and stay tuned to this resource.

The first thing that needs to be realized and acted upon is to assess whether or not you’re a chainsaw guy or gal <— props to those of you who are humble enough to say “Dang, that’s me, time to change” —> and then go start to learn the other tools and who they can benefit. Quick hint: Start with learning the ins and outs of foam rolling. You’ll thank me later and the sexy KB’s will always be there to master.

Thanks for reading and Kaizen on, Beast

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