IT IS Time… your In-Season Focus Four

Unless you are an NHL, AHL or ECHL goalie who is heading into or just started training camp, NOW is the time to get going on your in-season training. I know it takes a little time to get back into the routine of team games, practices and school, but it is almost October, it isn’t…

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Better Than Juggling

I mentioned this a while ago and a lot of you were right on board with me, which I appreciate because you are the ones who are out on the ice taking pucks day in and day out. I am just the strength coach looking for ways to help you achieve your goals and ultimately…

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The Truth About Carbs

I stopped counting the number of hockey players who tell me (with great pride) that they really avoid carbs and focus on getting protein. When I was the strength coach at the University of Western Ontario, I thought it was more an issue for the female athletes, but it seems like there are a lot…

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The Next Big Thing In Goalie Development

Although I could not attend the Network Goaltending Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin this past weekend and also had to pull the chute on sticking around for the NHL Goalie camp afterward (still trying to iron out the details of crossing the border to share my expertise), I did send along my presentations in video format…

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HockeyTrainingPro.com Approved Core Exercises For Hockey Players

Now you know what the Core is and how NOT to train it, let me give you a few exercises to help you develop a strong core for hockey. TVA + Leg Lift This will feel very easy – muscularly it is very easy, but to do it properly it will take a lot of…

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Why Crunches Do More Harm Than Good For Hockey Players

For starters, in the article from a couple days ago, I hope you can appreciate how crunches do not strengthen your “core” in a functional way, the way you need your torso to perform on the ice. Critical Reasoning #1 – it doesn’t help you There are very few movements in sport where you need…

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Core Training: What Is The Core?

This week’s theme is Core Training for hockey players. Today you will discover what the core is and why it actually is (or is not) important. Later in the week I will explain why I haven’t had any athlete crunch in over seven years and finally I will give you a nice core training circuit,…

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Recovery Plan For Tryouts & Training Camps

Keep this simple, it does not have to be complex, it is a lot like proper nutrition, just get the basics down first and then you can start to get into the fancy stuff. If you aren’t covering the basics, working on the gimmicky stuff is a waste of time. So, here is your recovery…

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Your Pre-Season Strength & Power Plan

If you have not been working on your strength and power during the off-season and you will be hitting the ice with your team in the next two weeks, now would not be the time to start hitting the gym hard. Instead see my advice on what goalies should do who have not been working…

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Pre-Season Speed/Stamina

If you have not been doing any speed or stamina training on a consistent basis during the off-season, don’t start now. In the week or two before training camp, you won’t be able to make THAT much improvement, you will increase your risk of injury and you will increase your fatigue. That is a loss…

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