Ryan Vesce graduated from Cornell University in 2004 and went on to play 14 years professionally—over 700 games—across the NHL, AHL, KHL, and Europe. He is well known for his leadership, mental toughness, work ethic, and tireless drive to improve his game.
Ryan had access to advanced healing techniques and some of the best rehab professionals in the world. After major back and hip surgery, Ryan started combining these techniques with Sean Sullivan’s training methodology and the results were immediate. As a result, Ryan played an additional five years of professional hockey pain-free.
Ryan and Sean Sullivan co-founded Matterhorn Fit and its sub-brands (Matterhorn Fit, Matterhorn Fit All-Ivy Showcase & Matterhorn Mentors). The Matterhorn family of brands is intensely focused on human development. It was founded to provide everyone with the advanced wellness process that was so instrumental in his career and life.
Listen in for some great takeaways about Ryan’s time as a professional hockey player and how he has taken the advanced healing process to the entire sports community and the world.
You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…
- Learn more about professional hockey player and entrepreneur Ryan Vesce [3:01]
- What it was like winning a National Championship with the Long Island Gulls [4:16]
- The lessons Ryan learned from playing professional hockey for 14 years [7:53]
- What’s unique about the Matterhorn Fit rehabilitation process [10:35]
- The biggest mistake young athletes make with physical fitness [15:48]
- How Ryan became involved with local senior citizens in his community [18:54]
- Ryan’s most rewarding “success” story from Matterhorn Fit [21:15]
- Ryan’s experience co-founding a clothing company with a friend [23:56]
- Where Ryan inherited his entrepreneurial spirit [25:45]
- Why Ryan believes mindset is so critical to his success [27:20]
- Learn more about the Matterhorn Mentor program [31:09]
- What Ryan did today that put him in the right mindset for success [34:45]
What’s unique about the Matterhorn Fit rehabilitation process
Unlike normal physical therapy or rehabilitation, Matterhorn Fit looks at things from a neurological perspective. They look at how the brain communicates with the muscles and how the muscles contract and absorb the force of movement. If that’s not happening the right way at the right time every time, the force moves somewhere it shouldn’t. If the force moves somewhere the body can’t handle it, the brain feels threatened and keeps the pain signal there. You get stuck in chronic pain loops.
If any part of your body isn’t communicating with the brain as it should, they implement a series of processes to retrain that pattern and get the right parts of the body absorbing the forces that they should. When they help their clients do this, the pain goes away, they increase their range of motion, and they increase their power and strength output because things are working in harmony.
The rehabilitation process helps the brain to understand how to fire correctly. They’ve successfully treated 94% of the people who’ve come through their door with chronic conditions. Listen to hear one of Ryan’s most rewarding success stories at Matterhorn Fit!
The lessons Ryan learned from playing professional hockey for 14 years
Ryan believes he had a successful career because he constantly sought to improve. He emphasizes that maximizing your potential should be the only focus you have. He loved playing the game. So every year, every offseason, he fought to get better. Because he did that, he was able to play until he was 36.
Excelling at hockey is about focus, mindset, preparation, how you visualize, how you see yourself, and how you remove negative thoughts from your head. And you can easily translate those skills and experiences outside of the game.
The game will end at some point. You will need a career outside of hockey, so you can’t let it become your identity. You have to take those lessons to how you live and prepare for a job and become successful.
Why Ryan believes mindset is so critical to his success
Ryan believes that how you perceive the world around you—the good and bad—is all about your mindset. When things are going poorly and you get caught up in a negative train of thought, you’ll lose focus. You lose the ability to do the things you need to do and get out of your rut.
In hockey, you get direct feedback from the game. When you are mentally preparing yourself, visualizing success, reinforcing good habits in your mind, and practicing positive affirmations and self-talk, there’s a direct result on the ice.
When you realize the power of those processes, you can translate them into your life. So how does Ryan keep his mindset right?
- Daily visualization: Walk through a task in your head and visualize the positive outcome you want to achieve.
- Future visualization: Where do you see yourself? Where do you want to go? Visualize your future.
Reinforce those thoughts in your head to affirm in your heart and mind where you’re going, how you’ll get there, and why you’re valuable. Confidence and belief in yourself are important. Write down your skills and what makes you a great entrepreneur and read them. It’s a simple practice that works.
Listen to learn more about Ryan’s Matterhorn Mentor Program and the impact he seeks to make on young hockey players.
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Ryan Vesce graduated from Cornell University in 2004 and went on to play 14 years professionally (over 700 games) across the NHL, AHL, KHL, and Europe. He is well known for his leadership, mental toughness, work ethic and tireless drive to improve his game. Ryan is currently the Co-Founder & CEO of Matterhorn Fit and its sub-brands (Matterhorn Fit, Matterhorn Fit All Ivy Showcase & Matterhorn Mentors). The Matterhorn family of brands is intensely focused on human development.
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