The Model.

The model works backwards from the ultimate goal of improving performance. Performance training variables can be broken down into variation and specificity.

1. Variation includes activities that address barriers to performance and regaining control (regain movement options and reduce the secondary consequences of training).

2. Specificity includes the primary benefits of training such as targeting a specific adaptation or skill acquisition.

Both include Training Principles which are use to establish intent with exercise selection (strategy), create exercises (methods), and execute exercises (coach). Finally, review the effectiveness of the decisions: modify and adapt accordingly.

Check out the MBT Strategy: Training Principles and Implementation online course for the tools to create your own training principles and model.

Align Success.

You need to be able to answer a few questions before you can have action.

If you want to be successful, answer the following questions: 

1. What does being successful mean to me?

2. What do I want my life to look like?

i.e how many hours per week do I want to work? Who do I want to work with? What type of services do I want to provide? Who is my target audience? What do I consider to be “enough” for income?

3. What do I value in training and my environment?

4. What systems do I have in place to implement my values and principles?

5. What are my biggest gaps and what are the best sources of information to fill those gaps?

Once you have the answers, you can take action that will provide momentum towards your definition of success. Success can be maintained through continued personal, professional, and physical development.

Mentors provide an avenue for action and a resource for direction. Fill out the MBT Professional Mentorship Application and Sign-Up today to start taking steps towards a positive professional trajectory.

Formulate A Question.

Seeking solutions for problems is impossible if you don’t know what the problem is.

Seeking answers is impossible if you don’t have a question.

In order to generate a question you need to have a foundation in the topic area and then identify a gap. A foundation will be within your own knowledge and experience. A gap is based on where you want to go, where you have a choice, where you have failed, or when change is needed.  

Professional development may be ‘where you want to go’ or ‘where change is needed’ but you may lack the ability to formulate the right questions to go after the answers.

A mentor provides another source of knowledge and experience to add to a foundation of understanding, guidance to identify gaps, and an avenue to formulate questions. Answers and solutions can then be pursued to create a professional trajectory.

Fill out the MBT professional mentorship application and sign-up today to start creating momentum for your career.

The Trio: Lucy Hendricks, Dr. Michelle Boland, & Michael Mullin

April 27th & 28th 2019

The Trio: Lucy Hendricks, Dr. Michelle Boland, & Michael Mullin

Day 1: Saturday with Lucy Hendricks & Dr. Michelle Boland, Fundamentally Sound: Coaching & Technical Mastery, $250

Hours: Five Total, 8am-1pm

Day 2: Sunday with Michael Mullin, Circuiting the Rehab Training Model, $250

Hours: Five Total, 8am-2pm, lunch 11:30-12:30pm

Pricing: 1 day is $250, 2 day is $450

Link To Purchase Tickets

Both Days: $450 DISCOUNT

Saturday April 27th, Day 1: Fundamentally Sound: Coaching & Technical Mastery with Lucy Hendricks & Michelle Boland, PhD, CSCS

Have you ever attended a seminar where they picked you as an exercise demo?
Are those not the best?! You get to feel what it’s like to be coached by the instructor. You get to respond to their verbal and manual cues, which allows you to feel what you eventually want your clients to feel. Out of all the exercises you learned about that weekend, the ones you were coached through will probably be the ones you’re most successful with.

Lucy Hendricks and Michelle Boland are providing you that experience for all the keystone exercises that will push clients towards their goals. Get ready to embark on a 5 hour 100% hands on movement journey, where you’ll experience the most fundamental weight room movements, built from the ground up. You will also creatively increase your movement repertoire by altering load placement and performance variables to drive adaptations in each plane of motion. 

You will also receive comprehensive exercise sheets filled pictures, instructions, cues, and mistakes. We encourage you to take these home and use liberally with yourself, your staff, and your clients. After the seminar, you will get access to a 2 hour video of how to make detailed training and breath work meaningful for each client which will guarantee client buy-in.

Sunday April 28th, Day 2: Circuiting the Rehab Training Model with Michael J. Mullin, ATC, PTA, PRC
 The lines have become increasingly blurred between what rehabilitation and training look like—from performance coaches working more with the rehab staff within integrated performance teams, fitness professional’s increasing roles in helping manage or supplement the recovery process of the clients they train, to rehabilitation professionals transitioning their clients further into fitness programs. 

This program will review some of the more important factors to take into consideration, from some base assessments and intervention techniques to program design and professional strategies. Specifics related to breathwork integration, utilizing activities mid-program to manage what is seen during the session, program development focusing on different types of circuits and supersets as well as considerations on building a referral-base and developing your brand.

About the Presenters:

Lucy Hendricks is the owner and founder of the Holistic Fitness Connector and co-owner of Enhancing Life (Lexington, KY). She also is a teacher at The Lexington Healing Arts Academy Personal Training Program. She is a personal trainer that takes a holistic approach to health and fitness.

Michelle Boland, PhD, CSCS is an exercise physiologist, strength and conditioning coach, author, and presenter. She previously worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Northeastern University and is currently the Director of Education at Pure Performance Training (Boston, MA).

Michael Mullin, ATC, PTA, PRC, is a clinically-based athletic trainer with over 25 years of experience in training and rehabilitation. He is the Owner/Clinician of Integrative Rehab Training LLC and sees clients out of Back Cove Personal Fitness in Portland and Beyond Strength in Falmouth.


“I think the course was great, and for me, was a perfect addition to stuff I was already doing. A lot of your cueing, positions and coaching really helped me to refine how I teach exercises and movement and it really helped to tie up a lot of loose ends for me. I’ve definitely seen much quicker/more lasting results with my clients since the workshop! I’m finding it easier to adjust positions and exercises for clients based on their complaints, and I’m seeing much quicker improvements in movement variability! Some of those challenging cases that I was struggling with have started making progress, which is super exciting to see! Overall was a great experience and has helped me deliver a better service and quicker results to my clients, which is super important for me as a cash based PT! ” – Dr. Matt Longfellow, PT, DPT, SCS, Cert DN, USAW-1

“Coming into this workshop, I was confident I had a fairly good grasp on the basics of breathing and was primarily hoping to learn different ways to cue clients, especially ones who have a hard time with it. I was previously coaching many of the exercises we learned in this workshop, but I was missing a lot of subtle things. Lucy and Michelle exceeded my already high expectations and dove deep into those details that are the key to your clients’ success. I spent an entire week coaching these exercises after I got back, and my clients barely got off the ground. From what looks like a boring week of lying on the floor and breathing, I heard feedback like, “That was the best ab workout I’ve ever had,” “When I’m laying down, my left ribs don’t do that weird flare anymore and they’ve done that forever,” “I feel like I’m truly getting to understand my body,” and, my favorite, “WHY IS THIS SO HARD?!?” These strategies will be a cornerstone of my programming from now on and I’m so grateful to Lucy and Michelle for sharing them.” – Alexis Helmrath, Fierce Mama Fitness

At the very heart of complexity. Bill Hartman’s Intensive II.

At the very heart of complexity. Bill Hartman’s Intensive II.

  • Personal and professional changing experience. I say experience as it was not another seminar that you just come and go.
  • Bill Hartman has created something special that will blow people’s mind.
  • I wanted a deeper understanding of what it means to be human and I got that.
  • There is a saying that you should never meet your mentor as they will disappoint you, but Bill Hartman was not that. He was very genuine and welcoming.

Complexity arises from Simplicity: The Human Matrix Seminar

Take the blue pill and get to….

Zac Cupple’s Human Matrix: The Code for Maximal Health and Performance

  • “Come up with your own stuff, I’m just giving you principles” : Principles and concepts are more valuable than modalities in seeking continuing education
  • Intent- execution- outcome
  • Decisions start with intent
  • There are two types of variability, 1) coordinate and 2) endpoint
  • Heuristic III- place body in positions it struggles to achieve
  • We need testing to understand how movement becomes limited
  • Zac Cupples is not only a leader in the industry, he is also a great human being.

I highly recommend his seminar. See Link above for dates and locations. 

Elevator Analogy: Bring me to the 10th floor from the LOBBY.

Bring me to the 10th floor from the LOBBY.
In reference to full range of motion at a joint; It’s okay if you start in the lobby and ask for ten floors then return back to the lobby, but what happens if you start on the 5th floor?

This is an analogy for consequences.
  • There is a difference between externally rotated which implies orientation (stuck on 5th floor) vs externally rotating which implies ability to move through a range of motion (move ten floors)
  • If you don’t consider axial skeleton and pelvis position you may be pushing past the tenth floor which may come at a cost
  • Some people may benefit more from a trip to the lobby instead of continuing to push the tenth floor: this can also be used in reference to high level athletic performance/explosive extension
  • Don’t be surprised when consequences manifest

Cells to Performance

Great weekend in NYC at the Cells to Performance Seminar by Train, Adapt, Evolve. These are some big takeaways:– Energetics dictate structure: the goal is to load tissues more often without damage to tissue

– CO2 is needed for the structure of the cell and indicates a signal for O2

– Frequency can be a powerful driver and people don’t take advantage of it because they crush themselves and need time to recover from the damage

This vs That Medicine Ball Slam

This vs. That Medicine Ball Slam.

This. Extension

  • Set a position by exhaling to move ribs down, back and in
  • Keep ball in front of head
  • Get tall and pull yourself down

That. Hyperextension

  • I bring ball behind head
  • Ribs come up, forward and out


Sharing the training concepts I use, the approach I take, and the principles I utilize in my techniques at the National Strength & Conditioning Association Conference 2018. @nscaofficial #natcon18

I also explored stress and the consequences of performance training which implies both negative and positive adaptations.