Archive for September, 2012

Functional Training for Dog Lovers

Posted in Random Thoughts, Uncategorized on September 28, 2012 by mboyle1959

This is too good. Denise Dumoulin, a PT from Bloomfield, MI sent me this picture. It brings new meaning to the term dog sled.


Not Everyone Gets a Trophy- Guest Post from Anthony Donskov

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2012 by mboyle1959

I miss the good old days!  A time where hard work, commitment, discipline and positive attitude were expected, not rewarded, failure was not final and earning meant sacrifice. These lessons have stood the test of time.  Growing up in Canada, I never played AAA hockey, I got cut from most of the teams I tried out for.  I knew at an early age that hard work; desire, dedication and discipline were the keys to success.  My father never responded by formulating a new league, moving across town, getting involved in “politics” or buying me something to ease my self pitied state. By doing so, he taught me a very valuable lesson that would pay off later in life:  In the real world not EVERYONE GET’S a TROPHY.

Your boss isn’t going to buy you an X-Box if the reports you were supposed to file are two days late, if you can’t play college hockey no one is going to buy you a team, if you don’t win a championship, no one is going to give you a trophy!  If you want something bad enough, you have to work, fail, succeed, fall, get back up, endure, overcome and believe!  None of those intangibles can be bought.  There are no price tags on work ethic.  It can’t be found in aisle three.  Too many times in life it’s not what happens but how you react that truly builds success.  As Coach John Wooden once said “Things turn out best for those that make the best out of the way things turn out.”  The true measure of success is in the effort, not the destination.

Anthony Donskov, MS, CSCS, PES, is a former collegiate and professional hockey player, founder of Donskov Strength and Conditioning Inc., ( and Head Instructor/Director of Off-Ice Strength and Conditioning for Donskov Hockey Development (  He can be reached at



People Don’t Always Grow Up, They Just Get Older

Posted in Random Thoughts, Uncategorized on September 24, 2012 by mboyle1959

“maturity does not accompany age. Sometimes age comes alone”

John Maxwell

How many times have you met someone from high school and thought “wow, they haven’t changed a bit”? Sometimes that thought is a compliment, sometimes not. One thing I have concluded is that most people who were jerks in high school, are still jerks. Aging is a process of chronology not necessarily of growth. We will always age but we may never grow.

Do yourself a favor. Read the great self help books. Start with Dale Carnagie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People . Maybe move on to some Steven Covey or John Maxwell. It is important that we work on growing up as we grow old.

Lessons from Mindset

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training, Uncategorized on September 23, 2012 by mboyle1959

I finished Mindset a while ago. I have to admit, it was tough read/ listen. I did a bit of both but, ended up listening to more than I read. I kind of forced my way through it because my friend Mark Verstegen recommended it so highly. I’d call it a tough but worthwhile read. I wanted to share a few things that stood out over the next few weeks. The author, Carol Dweck, makes some great points during the book but you have to stick with it to get to them.

One of the best to me was a two page section on Albert Einstein ( p 55-56). The line that grabbed me was “what set him apart was mindset and drive”. In the previous page Dweck describes Einstein as not a loner in a lab but, a highly successful entrepreneur with a well funded lab and thirty assistants.  However what stood out was Einstein never ending search for improvement, another example of what Dweck calls the growth mindset. If maybe you did what I did, which was start Mindset and put it down, finish it. It will be worth it.

Every Hockey Parent Should Read This

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females, Uncategorized, Youth Training with tags , on September 21, 2012 by mboyle1959

If you haven’t done at least five of these I’ll eat my hat. My daughter told one of her friends at a U-12 game a few years ago that she has to play harder if the games are far away because she doesn’t want to listen to me on long rides home.

Too Funny Not To Post- The Problems with Crossfit

Posted in Uncategorized on September 12, 2012 by mboyle1959

I know people will see me as just another Crossfit hater but this was too funny to pass up. A lot of you will laugh. A few of you will write nasty comments. Please note that there is bad language in the post. If the f word offends you, skip this. Thanks Jon Messner from

The One Minute Manager

Posted in MBSC News, Random Thoughts, Training, Uncategorized with tags , on September 7, 2012 by mboyle1959

Here’s another book that I bought for our whole staff. What does a book like The One Minute Manager have to do with strength and conditioning or personal training?  Simple. When you are on the floor, there is no time for lectures. You need to make points clearly and positively. The  The One Minute Manager teaches you how to do that simply. The book will make you the master of the one minute praising and the one minute reprimand. Think of yourself as the “manager” of your group, team or clients.

The One Minute Manager


Parenting Advice from a Former NFL Head Coach- Repost

Posted in Uncategorized on September 2, 2012 by mboyle1959

I had the chance to listen to former Minnesota Vikings Head Coach and long time NFL assistant Les Steckel speak at the American Hockey Coaches Convention in Florida last spring. Steckel is an entertaining speaker who now speaks for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Coach Steckel gave a great talk and one point stuck with me. When discussing parenting ( and I think this applies to coaching also) Steckel said “what they see is what you’ll get”. Really makes you think. My Mom had a wall hanging in our kitchen when we were kids. It said “Children Learn What They Live”.  It was written in a kitchen in Torrance, Ca in 1954 by Dorothy Nolte.

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.

If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.

If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.

If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.

If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.

If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.

If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.

If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.

If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.

If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.

If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.

If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.

If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.

If children live with fairness, they learn justice.

If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.

If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about


If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.


Fall Mentorship

Posted in MBSC News on September 1, 2012 by mboyle1959

Now that summer is coming to a close I just wanted to remind everyone that we will have a fall mentorship Sept 17-20. This may be the only one this fall.

For more info you can go to