Suggested Reading

A Joint By Joint Approach To Training – Michael Boyle

Eliminating The Stopwatch – Greg Everett

Interesting insight from Greg.  He is a great coach and an intelligent writer, as well as quite funny, although not as much in this article.

Gadgets and Toys – Vern Gambetta

Straightforward advice from Vern.  Keeping things simple and understanding movement will always rule above trendy and expensive training gimmicks.

The Hierarchy of Fat Loss – Alwyn Cosgrove

On a non-training related note, for Christmas I got a book about the history of Boston College football, which is awesome.  I was so excited I read most of it that day.  Just like a kid….. on Christmas?..  I was happy to see one of the pages in the book is dedicated to Jay McGillis.  He was a sophomore at BC in the fall of ’91 and died of leukemia in July ’92.  I was only 10 years old at that time but I can vaguely recall Jay running around the field at Alumni Stadium and sacrificing his body like a maniac.  What I do remember more clearly was my Dad telling me that Jay was tough as nails and a hell of a player.  As his former college coach and now current NY Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, “He was the consummate team player. He was an overachiever. He wasn’t a big kid – he was a 191 pounds. He played strong safety. Jay was the consummate unselfish athlete, always giving credit to others. He would always work, work, work to try to improve himself and he would never quit. The kid started and played 10 ballgames.”  That’s my kind of player.  Jay wrote this poem and it was published in the book.  It has made me take a step back and think about things several times recently.  I’m going to hang on to this one.

– Mike Baltren

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  • The anecdote about that athlete is inspiring and nostalgic, makes me wish I could just do it all again (varsity sports). Beautiful poem.