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Why I Love the U.S. Hockey Women

Let’s start by saying it is as simple as it sounds. I Love the U.S. Hockey Women that Trained here at the Institute of Performance and Fitness in preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympics. We have been fortunate to Train Successful Achievers from many Disciplines: Business, Sports, Media, Film, etc.  Every Day this Spring and Summer you could find a Line-Up of motivated Adults, followed by Olympic and Professional Hockey and Soccer Athletes, followed by Matt Damon, and then our Amazing kids. When I say we are fortunate, I mean it. The People who Train here are Incredible Achievers who come here to Improve…

 

This is what makes my Love for the U.S. Women so Passionate: they “Won the Day”, Day after Day, for 10 months. They were Challenged Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, and Educationally. It was never easy, it was never acceptable to be “Good” (the standard was “Great”), and it may have even seemed cruel from the outside looking in.

3 Hours a Day, Every Day:

 

Pre-Workout Routine: Arrive early (they were never Late), Prepare Workout Trackers, Assess Body “Readiness”, Review Lessons/Thoughts from previous Day, Target Specific Body Soreness, Hydrate, Self-Massage, Journal, etc…

 

Workout: 2.5hrs of Intense Training designed to Improve On-Ice Performance, Off-Ice Character, and Locker Room Leadership. Success came in Reps, Seconds, Pounds, Knowledge, Trust, Appreciation, Respect and Self-Confidence…

 

Post-Workout: ~30min of Questions, Discussion (with and without the IPF Staff), Journaling, Soft-Tissue Management, Stick Work, Review, Homework, Post-Workout Nutrition, and Preparation for the next Workout, Skate, Skill Work, etc…

 

There are many factors that can affect success on a given Day: Attitude, Physical State of Readiness, Mental Fatigue, Personal Life, Environment, Competition, etc. The next “Bad Day” the women have will be their first. Whether they worked out with each other, our Adults (ask Wayne, Allie, Glenn, or Mrs. Fraser what it was like to have them in the Groups), with a Movie Star, or as Individuals, they “Brought It” every damn day.

 

As a Coach @IPF, we have a Philosophy and Method of Training that we Believe to be Successful. Every Coaches Dream is to Work with Athletes who are Passionate, Focused and Compliant (they follow the Plan). Imagine working with a Group so Talented and Dedicated, they make you re-write your plan because they show you a Better Way. When that happens in Real Life, You Wake Up Every Day Excited to Go to Work (we get up @3:30am) and Be Better than You Were yesterday. It is a Powerful Feeling, one I hope everyone has access to…        

 

As I write this, the Women are in South Korea. They are leading their Team and preparing to put all of their Work into Winning a Gold Medal. When I say “Leading”, I mean it literally. The Captain, and 2 Assistant Captains, all Trained here together with their 3 other Teammates. They are all Leaders, they are all Athletes, and they are all Winners before they even step on the Ice…

 

I know I will be watching every Game they Play, but the Medal won’t make me Believe any Stronger than I already do. They have a Fan for Life in Me because of What They Have Done To Get There. Do Yourself a Favor and tune in to watch as well. You won’t be disappointed, and may even appreciate what we were fortunate enough to see every day. You don’t become the “Best in the World” by accident, and this Great Group of Women Who Made Excellence a Habit…