Michael has a local TV show called "Core Essentials".
Many are featured below.
We plan on posting them periodically.
Listen to what a colleague had to
say about Michael.
Dr. Ciaramicoli is a clinical psychologist and worked
with Michael at the Metro-West Wellness Center in
Framingham, Massachusetts.
Dr. Harrison Pope is a Professor of Psychiatry
and an expert on anabolic steroids.
Michael interviewed him on his local TV show and asked him such questions as : Is short term use of steroids dangerous? Can an athlete mask their use? And much more.
Find out the truth about statin drugs (like Lipitor and Crestor).
Watch Michael unravel the truth regarding this highly prescribed drug. Many physicians that prescribe Lipitor neglect (unintentionally) to suggest a very important supplement--CoQ10.

Failure to take this supplement in conjunction with a statin drug (like Lipitor) may result in a variety of health problems. 

Note: Please consult with your physician before making any changes in your medication(s).

​For more information, click on the link below:

In 2008, I had the pleasure to interview the
world renowned author, Dr. Barry Sears.
The first interview (which is on the left) is in a podcast format. I asked him questions regarding his first book, "Enter the Zone."

The second interview is a video.
He just published his book, "Toxic Fat--When Good Fat Turns Bad." Dr. Sears maintains the belief that obesity is a cancer and why eating less and exercising more may not work!!
Fascinating interviews!

In this video, John continues his relentless drive
and completes the vigorous circuit
we created together. 
John just wrote a book called,
"Easy Money and
The American Real Estate Ponzi Scheme."
Click below for more details.

Watch Mike Sylvester (host of Core Essentials) kick John Agostinelli's butt.
John is a Giant Slalom Skier who demonstrates
(in real time) the conditioning exercises for improving performance on the slopes.
Great Job JOHN!!!!

NOTE: YouTube disabled the sound due to copyrighted music in the background, but Part 2, for some reason, is not disabled.

The Prone Skier Exercise challenges the core in rotation. This engages deep rotational core muscles as well as the oblique abdominals in a transverse or rotational plane.

It does NOT load the spine like seated or standing rotational exercises. Not everyone can do this, but to those that can, it is a missing link
in core training.

Watch Mike Sylvester and Dianne Mitchell demonstrate how to Pre Exhaust
the chest muscles.
The sequence in which you perform
the exercises is key and can really mix it up if your used to performing pyramid type sets. 
The video does NOT show the bench press exercise. 


All Lectures Conducted by Michael Sylvester

The Healthy "Weigh" to A Healthy Weight

In the early 2000's I worked at the MetroWest Wellness Center in Framingham, Massachusetts as an Exercise Physiologist. The center had community lectures every spring. I did many lectures on weight management. The link below is one of the lectures on ​​​​WEIGHT LOSS.  Although it was conducted a while ago, most of the information is still pertinent today. 
 I thought I would share it with our visitors as I think it would be helpful
to those who struggle with their weight.

The weight loss lecture addresses many factors but we scaled them down into 3 components:
  • The psychological aspects in regards to weight loss.
  • What diet is most appropriate for controlling hunger and long term weight control.
  • The role exercise plays in a weight loss program.

Click on the SOUNDCLOUD link below to hear this lecture.
​If you want to follow along with my powerpoint notes, please click on the "Download" link below.

Using PNF to Improve Flexibility

This lecture was conducted at Fallon Clinic in Worcester. 

My audience was physical therapists. This was during my internship in 1999 (a while ago, indeed, but these principles are still applicable today).

The topic was on PNF, which stands for Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation. My Colleague (who is lecturing with me) is Dave Brigham.

This lecture is geared more for Physical Therapists, Personal Trainers, or any other health care worker and may be too technical for the layman.  I apologize for the poor audio quality. 

Click on the SOUNDCLOUD link below to hear the lecture:

​If you want to follow along with my NOTES, please click on the link below:


The Misconceptions of Stretching

Most athletes and 'gym rats' engage in stretching. This podcast challenges what we've been told regarding flexibility training. In this twelve- minute lecture, I discuss the following:
-Why do muscles get tight?
-Is it advisable to increase mobility without stability?
-Relative Flexibility.