Good or Hockey Training Gimmick: Battling Ropes

Battling Ropes: Legit Training Tool or Just Another Hockey Training Gimmick? I admit, when I first saw battling ropes appear at conferences about 5-6 years ago I was more than a little skeptical that they really had a benefit for hockey training.  Then I got a chance to play with them – I attended a…

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Animal Mode For Off-Ice Hockey Training

Off-Ice Hockey Training – – Like a BEAR! I remember attending a fitness business marketing seminar about 6-years ago and one of the speakers was a guy who could ‘move like any animal’.  That was probably the first place I saw the bear crawl.  As I recall he also flipped around on the ground like…

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Time For Extra Hockey Training Before Play-Offs?

The Best Time For Extra Hockey Training To Get Ready For Play-offs. Wanna know the best time to do extra hockey training so you are in peak condition come play-offs?  That would be the time between May and February. So you cannot ‘catch up’ and you cannot make up for lost time by doing more.  …

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Scientifically proven method to make you faster on the ice.

Resisted Sprints And Their Application To On & Off Ice Hockey Training I have used resisted sprints for on-ice and off-ice hockey training over the past 10-years.   I thought these training techniques could give players a feel for putting more force into the ice with each stride. I recently stumbled across a research article that…

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Q&A: Gym Memberships & Orthotics For Hockey Training

Hope you are all having a great Sunday.  Ours has been fantastic – we went snowboarding at the local ski hill this morning.  I switched back to ‘regular’ and it was much better than my ‘goofy foot’ experiment.  Thanks again Steve at Squire John’s in Collingwood for the advice 🙂  It was an awesome day…

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Off-Ice Hockey Training with Kettlebells: Good or Gimmick?

Off Ice Hockey Training With The Kettlebell: Good or Gimmick I guess when you see a piece of exercise equipment make it into the ‘fitness’ section of the grocery store, it can officially be labeled a ‘trend’. But as we learned from velour leisure suits, not all trends are good. So let’s dive in and…

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Do This Not That: The LUNGE For Off-Ice Hockey Training

I confess, I love the lunge like Bubba in Forest Gump loved shrimp.  You’ve got DB lunges, BB lunges, forward lunges, lateral lunges, lunge to balance….you get the idea and all of these can find their way into your off-ice hockey training program. Do I love some lunges more than others?   Sort of.  It really…

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Q&A: Two key nutrients to fuel your hockey games

Today, I dove into the mailbag for a little Q&A and this question was about pre-game nutrition from a player who was constantly losing focus and running out of gas during the third period – not good!

There could be several reasons for this including: fitness and conditioning, recovery and nutrition. This one was a simple one to figure out, it was related to nutrition for sure. This player was making a mistake that I see all the time, he was not getting these two key nutrients in his pre-game routine.

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Do Hockey Players Need Strength Or Power?

Do You Know The Difference?

With fewer and fewer teams left in the play-off hunt, thoughts are turning to next season and off-ice training for goalies and skaters alike. It is also the time when I get phone calls from players or their parents to tell me what their child needs in his or her off-season hockey training.

One of the most popular comments is a variation of “Johnny does not need any more strength, I don’t want him to be bulky. He has really powerful legs, but he needs to be quicker and more agile.” There are a few contradictions in this statement, so my goal for today is to help you understand the difference between these two attributes and where they fit into the overall off-season training protocol.

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U2 – DOMS – Better & Best: Part 1

There is not much you can do to get over the DOMS faster, you can ice, you can do gentle stretching, but you basically just have to let it run its course. When you have DOMS it feels like a bruise in the muscle – it is not joint pain and there is no ‘instant of injury’. You typically feel fine when you are doing the thing – like rocking out at the concert, but then 1-2 days later you pay the price. The discomfort typically goes away after 1-5 days. If it persists longer or gets feeling worse and worse, you should seek medical attention – could be something other than DOMS.

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