Weekly Writing – DISTRACTIONS

Years ago I heard the following statement. “No bible, no breakfast. No bible, no bed.” It was a particular father emphasizing what beliefs they have in their home. I love this, not just because of the concept of reading scripture daily, but it’s teaching a very valuable life lesson – delayed gratification.

In his book, Motivation, Tom Gorman defines delayed gratification as, “Acting upon a longer-term goal rather than a conflicting short-term want.” We all have goals. We also all have wants. Yet, as Gorman states, they usually “conflict” with one another. Maybe your goal is to play a Division 1 sport, but you want to be liked by your friends who are pressuring you to do drugs or alcohol. Maybe your goal is to be lean and strong, yet you want chocolate cake and pizza. Writer James Clear says, “Success usually comes down to choosing the pain of discipline over the ease of distraction. And that’s exactly what delayed gratification is all about.”

How are you with distractions? Are you quick to choose the easier route rather than have the grit to stick with your long term goals day in and day out? Or do you look at your list of goals every day, build your willpower to delay gratification and stay committed when competing desires arise? Let’s continue to be the uncommon whom chooses the pain of discipline and reaches their goals through grit, willpower and wholehearted commitment. HOOYAH!

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It’s a common reaction to my lessons. A look of fear, body language of defeat or sometimes even big crocodile tears. There has also been the random cuss words, sticks thrown and stomping of the feet when disappointment hits that there’s still things to improve. This usually leads me to ask players, “Who has sold you on the philosophy that you can reach your potential without honest assessment, struggle or work?”

The late professor and author of The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch, said, “The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” In his book, Discourses, the amazing philosopher, Epictetus, explains that without the crisis or conditions to stir Hercules into action he would of never had the arms, the physique or noble soul to accomplish anything. Epictetus continues, “With the absence of challenges Hercules would just rolled over in bed and gone back to sleep.” How boring!

How do you face disappointment? Has an event, challenge or person shown you that you aren’t as good as you thought you were? Are there walls keeping you from being whom you want to be today? Epictetus poses the question, “If you didn’t learn these things in order to demonstrate them in practice, what did you learn them for?” These “things” I believe that Epictetus is talking about are a strong will, character, grit, tenacity, leadership, etc. Things we don’t get while just sleeping in bed. Therefore, let’s face disappointment or struggles or obstacles knowing that it’s in these moments God is pruning us to be the best we can be so we can also help others be the best they can be. HOOYAH!

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Functional Training Video (2 mins) –   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnXvYzludnw&feature=youtu.be
                Psalm 23 begins, “The Lord is my Shepard, I have all that I need.”   I look back on my competitive figure skating career and wonder if it could have been more joyful if exposed to scripture verses like this one.  Instead of focusing on performance to get approval such as from judges, coaches and parents, isn’t there possibly a more fulfilling way to live?
                I have a plaque in my office with Colossians 3:23 on it in order to remind me, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”  Ephesians 6:7 says, “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”  Amen and Amen!   Winston Churchill wisely stated, “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”   In her amazing book, Mindset:  The New Psychology of Success, Stanford psychologist  Carol Dweck says it’s important for us to see failure as a learning experience and opportunity for self-improvement.  She continues to explain the difference between fixed mindsets and growth mindsets. “Fixed mindsets avoid challenges in fear of appearing stupid whereas growth mindsets are more open to try new things, enjoy challenges and seek opportunities to learn.”
                Where are you on this spectrum?  Are you okay with only having the approval of God and not others when faced with a challenge?  Do you embrace adverse moment as opportunities to learn and grow in order to honor God instead of coaches, bosses, friends, spouses?   Let’s not get caught up on serving “human masters” which leads to frustration if you are hoping for recognition and acknowledgement.  Instead let’s work wholeheartedly for God who be the one who is there to always see one’s best efforts on their journey towards success.   HOOYAH!
-Jennifer Matras, CSCS, President  
ceskating.com  248-752-4470 
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Competitive Edge Skating Suggests ProStockHockey’s Goalie E-Book

Competitive Edge Skating and Strength Training (C.E.S.) is a company that thrives on helping others become the best they possibly can be. In his book, Unbeatable Mind, Retired Navy SEAL, Mark Divine, says there are 5 mountains one needs to work on in order to master one’s self. These mountains are known as the physical, mental, emotional, intuitional and Kokoro spirit.

At a first glance, C.E.S. may look like a company that only focuses on skating mechanics, but we are privileged to be able to help not only hockey players, but also young athletes in other sports along with training the general public ranging in ages from their twenties to their seventies. We are a company that first started focusing on developing skating mechanics for hockey player which was quickly followed by adding on the strength and conditioning sessions to help athletes and weekend warriors develop strength and power. What is most important to us, though, is aligning our principals with Divine’s and others putting a focus on building the 5 mountains towards mastery and developing one’s strong character traits and mental toughness.

Again, C.E.S. wants to offer the best information to our clients in order to develop them along their journey towards success. This is why we would like to encourage you to check out the information provided below by our friends at ProStockHockey on goalie development. They have put together specific information just for goalies. Check it out and continue to strive towards excellence in all you do!

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Goalie E-Book from Pro Stock Hockey (https://www.prostockhockey.com/)

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Turn off the Music! (Video – 3 mins) – https://youtu.be/-tl1rAVsJhk
                There is a common drill I do on the ice with resistance bands called “The Survival of the Fittest. “  One player skates forward while the other player does his best to hold him back.   Many may think I am watching the player in the front, but all too often I am actually looking at the player in the back.  More importantly looking to see where their vision is at.   Why?
                Scripture says that Jesus tells us to, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”   It’s called the parable of the Good Samaritan.  Hercules said, “A true hero isn’t measured by his strength but by the strength of his heart.”   In his book, Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot¸ Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale says in his commencement speech to the graduating class of 1981 at John Carroll University, “To ignore a fellow captive in the pressure chamber is to betray him.”  He explains, “This means you are your brother’s keeper.   Therefore, instead of asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’  Realize that your neighbor is a soul that deserves your care and cooperation.”   Wow.
                What are you measuring lately, your strength or the strength of your heart?   In the age of the “selfie” are you only focused on how many likes or views you have on Instagram and Facebook?  Or, instead, are you putting your focus on teammates, classmates, training partners, office clerks, grocery attendants as “souls that deserve care?” Let’s continue to focus on the strength of our hearts so we can build a culture that sees the importance of watching over others, being great accountability partners and loving neighbors as ourselves.   HOOYAH!
Jennifer Matras, CSCS, President  
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 High school hockey is on the cusp of beginning playoffs this week, two of CES’s JV teams just battled hard against each other this past weekend in their championship game (congratulations to both teams making it to the final game!) and all of our members are continuing to “find the fun and appreciate the hard” when it comes to our training.  We love it! 
Our spring program is right around the corner.  Therefore, please contact us to schedule your son/daughter for both our on ice and off ice training.   Combining both on ice and off ice training with us has really shown great transformation in player’s ability to not only improve their on ice performance due to our expertise in skating mechanics, but we believe in training in all planes consistently, building one’s body to train as a unit instead of individual muscles and our strength coach, Josh Coenen, continues to share his great knowledge on how to stay injury free (check out the video below!!)  yet improve power, strength, coordination, work capacity and mental toughness all in a positive, healthy competitive and encouraging environment.    Here’s to making it a world class week by winning first in our minds.  
Mobility versus flexibility video (3 mins) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8QArMuDC6I&feature=youtu.be
                Many people know that I generally don’t like to be interrupted before a training session.   Josh can often find me in my “quiet mode” usually staring out onto the ice or going over my paper where I have written out my plans.   These habits are why I commonly ask others, “Where do we win first?” 
                Many of us love the Star Wars quote by Yoda, “Do or do not, there is no try.”   In his book, Law of Success, Napoleon Hill states, “Where thought prevails, power may be found.”  Author and motivational speaker, Greg Amundson, reminds his audience to elevate one’s thinking.   There is great power with the use of visualization and the power of the mind.  Therefore, let’s follow what Hill says, “If you want to get more, be sure to demand more of yourself and believe in your purpose.”    I will close with Hill’s encouragement to his readers which is to commit the following poem to memory and use it towards development of one’s self-confidence.   Here’s to continuing to believe in ourselves, understand the power of thoughts and to win first in our minds.  HOOYAH! 
If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t;
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost,
For out of the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can. 
Jennifer Matras, CSCS, President  
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If you are curious about why we train like we do, especially with a focus on 1 legged drills, please check out our video below and don’t forget the words of wisdom to make sure we continue to do our part to make the world a better place.   Here’s to shattering the myth that easy is good and hard is bad!
One legged training video (4 mins) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07OkcyDJf74
                If I was to say, “There are the two types of people in this world,” what would you guess? “Leaders and followers?”  “Proactive and reactive people?”   Maybe you’d answer, “Hard working versus lazy?”   These are common responses, but what if I was looking for something more along the lines of building a certain culture or climate?
                I’ve recently been reminded of an old childhood statement, “Monkey see, monkey do.”  In his book, Habitudes:  Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, Dr. Tim Elmore says, “People are either thermometers or thermostats.  They will merely reflect the climate around them, or they will set it.”   I love that.  Author and motivational speaker, Michael Massucci, reminds our players at CES that our nerve endings in our eyes have a greater connection to our brain than our ears.  This explains why Elmore says, “Most people are thermometers.  They buy things what others buy, say things that others say and value things that others value.  They just mirror back their climate.”
                What are you?  Are you a thermometer who is merely influenced by others?  Or are you a leader who is a thermostat who, as Elmore says, “Taking your life to the next level, excited about work and being a positive influence to others?”   Let’s make sure we aren’t just following the crowd, playing monkey see, monkey do and instead let’s make sure we are setting a positive tone for others, living with strong values and being the best leaders we can be.  HOOYAH!
Jennifer Matras, CSCS, President  
ceskating.com  248-752-4470


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5 Essentials for Lean Muscle Mass Weight Gain

5 Essentials for Lean Muscle Mass Weight Gain

Meet Daily Vitamin, Mineral, and Micronutrient Values: In order for your body to gain weight it needs the fuel in order to do so. If you’re lacking in certain nutrients your body believes its in a time of scarcity and will focus on keeping you alive, verses giving your body everything it needs to better respond to the stress of training by adding muscle. This is why WHOLE FOODS are so key.

Each Meal Must be Balanced: Every single meal needs to be balanced to ensure you’re getting everything you need. If your breakfast is a bagel, lunch is a sandwich, and dinner is spaghetti you are nowhere close to a balanced, sufficient food intake. EVERY single meal needs to contain vegetables, protein, fat, and a carbohydrate. If you want to feel your best as well as gain weight, this needs to be a priority.

Put More Focus on Recovery: The 60-90 minutes you put into training is the stimulus to build the muscle but the other 22-23 hours of the day are just as important to produce results. You need to put just as much focus on recovering fully in order to keep training to stimulate muscle growth . This includes sleep, stretching, foam rolling, moving throughout the day, and fixing posture.

Consistent Training: In order for your body to be in an anabolic (building and repairing) state it constantly needs the hormonal signaling that training produces. Simply put more training = more results.

Eat More Protein: Make sure to have sufficient protein intake to help facilitate muscle growth.   Eat nothing less than 1g/bodyweight in protein. (Example if you weight 145lbs you need at least 145g protein/day)

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5-Minute Daily Performance Routine

5-Minute Daily Performance Routine

With the time constraints of school, sport, and family time there are some times where you just can’t make a training session. This however shouldn’t stop you from doing something daily that will help you reach your goals and stay injury free. At a bare minimum do these exercises (totaling 5 minutes all together) to ensure you are improving on days where you cannot train.


1.) Jump Rope (Total Time 2 Minutes *1min of double unders, and 30seconds per leg)

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2.) Overhead Squats (Total Time 1 minute *3 sets of 10 reps)

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3.) Crossover Stride with Overhead Press (Total Time 1 Minute *2 Sets of 5 reps/side)

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4.) Sumo Squat Hold (Total Time 1 Minute)

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Protein Powder Reference Sheet

Protein Powder Reference Guide

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