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 […]
As you may know, the goalies enrolled in the Turning Pro coaching program are able to come to Revolution Conditioning in London, ON and train for up to 3 days per year with our HockeyStrong training group. Last week I had two visiting goalies – Nick and Owen. It is always a treat to meet […]
I know you just want to get jacked. I have been in this profession for over 20 years…I know that 72% of you workout because you think it will help you on the ice, but really you just want to get huge. That’s why you do back squats or use the leg press as your […]
I admit, I did not stay up last night to watch the entire game, but I did stay up until 9:13pm, which is pretty good for a work night. I was cheering for the Hawks in the final, but I would have been satisfied to see Stamkos win one too, so I did not feel […]
There is strength and then there is hockey strength. Let me explain – you can spend your training time making yourself as strong as possible – this means you can squat, deadlift or bench press the lights out – you are then man (or woman) in your gym. But does that give you the most […]
Dug down into the mail bag today to answer questions about goalies getting burned at training camp and whether hockey players should be using the supplement creatine – after all, you can get creatine from red meat and some fish, so can’t you just get it there? I’ll tell you. Q1: “While watching these camps […]
I know many of you have a program that looks very similar to this and you don’t even know that you could be using your time so much more wisely to actually improve your performance on the ice. On a weekly basis I get emails asking if I have any ideas for what you […]
How Get Stronger Legs For Hockey Without Weights Not everyone has access to basic strength training equipment like dumbbells – a few years ago I showed you how you could make some of your own ‘renegade’ training tools. These are great solutions that I know many of you are using. I don’t think there is […]
Stop Doing This Upper Body Exercise For Hockey Training When creating an exercise program there are thousands of permutations and combinations of exercises, sets, reps, etc. I tend to classify exercises into ‘Dangerous – Good – Better – Best’. To me an exercise ends up in the ‘Best’ column if it gives a player huge […]
There used to be a myth that lifting heavy weights would make an athlete bulky and that lifting lighter weights for higher repetitions was the way to go. This is completely false, yet it seems to still exist in a few populations, female athletes and hockey goalies. Lifting light weights for high reps builds muscular […]
Hockey Strength Training: 3 exercises for a harder shot If I hear the excuse “I don’t have a gym membership” one more time as a reason why a skater or goalie cannot do their off-ice training, I am going to scream and then run naked through the streets (okay, maybe just the scream part). Although […]
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.