Train Like a Hockey Player!
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With the Canucks first preseason game kicking off tonight at 7pm against the Sharks, you may be surprised to know that hockey players might well be the most-conditioned athletes in the world! And with recreational hockey season kicking off for kids and adults, here are some exercises to help build power, flexibly, and explosion to dominate the ice in any position!
Before we hit the gym there are two main goals we want to get out of training:
#1 Train Explosively
We can all agree that training the same way, workout after workout after workout, can be excruciatingly boring. To add some spice to your bland routine, try some more explosive training methods that will increase your power while giving you a surprisingly good cardio workout. By combining a traditional exercise with an explosive exercise, you stimulate more muscle fibers in different ways. We have some fun examples in the workout below!
#2 Train Your Core
A good example of core movement is how a hockey player performs a slap shot. In order to perform a slap shot, a hockey player needs to have enough movement in his/her core to generate torque, which is relayed to the extremities to create power, which is released from stick to puck to create velocity. This initial torque is generated by the CORE! By training your core to move, you increase the strength of your low back stabilizers and improve your dynamic power.
#1 Shifting Squat (core) – squat until thighs are parallel to the ground, back is flat, chest is up, hips are low, and then slowly move side to side. This move helps increase skating power by increasing hip and leg strength, and flexibility – perform 10 to 15 reps on each leg
#2 Skater Stride (explosiveness) – this move can be performed for speed, maximum height, or maximum distance. When performing the move make sure to land softly, and quickly drive back to other side. Perform 3 sets of 10 reps on each side *great for goalies
#3 Medball Slams (explosiveness) – perform 4 sets of 10 reps
#4 Russian Twists (core) – perform 3 sets of 15 reps