This is the third and final segment of Hockey Training Radio Week! If you missed the first two posts, you can check them out here:

  1. Hockey Training Radio Week: Part 1
  2. Hockey Training Radio Week: Part 2

Today is also my birthday. I don’t generally make a big deal about my birthday (so I won’t start now), but I’m looking forward to hanging out with one of my old college buddies in Boston tonight. Another year in the books, and lots of exciting things to look forward to in the future!

In Part 3, I want to share an interview I did with Anthony Renna as part of Hockey Strength and Conditioning‘s new “Hockey Strength Podcast”. The podcast is completely free, and features a hockey training expert (…or me) discussing their contributions to and insights into their current training methodology. I really enjoyed the first two episodes with Mike Potenza and Darryl Nelson, and am happy that Anthony has had the time and energy to put this together for us (I suppose as an Islanders fan, you have to fill your time somehow!). In Episode 3, Anthony and I discuss:

  1. The focus of the final phase of our in-season youth training program
  2. Directional rolling, an advancement in self-myofascial release
  3. The various roles breathing plays in performance

Check out the Episode 3 of the Hockey Strength Podcast at the link below:

Listen Here >> Hockey Strength Podcast: Episode 3

Don’t forget to check out Hockey Strength and Conditioning! For $1, you can get access to countless hockey training programs, articles, exercise videos, webinars, and forum discussions from some of the most experience professionals in hockey strength and conditioning! Not a bad deal if you ask me!

To your success,

Kevin Neeld

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A few days back I kicked off “Hockey Training Radio Week” with an interview I did for Maria Mountain on hip impingement (FAI). If you missed it, you can check it out here: Hockey Training Radio Week: Part 1

Hockey Training Radio Week continues with an interview I did for Joe Heiler and his site Sports Rehab Expert, shortly after the release of my new book Ultimate Hockey Training.

I’ve been flattered to be asked to contribute to Joe’s site since it first launched several years ago. If you’re not familiar with it, it features articles, videos, webinars, and forum discussions from some of the top minds in sports training and rehabilitation. If you’re reading this as a hockey player or parent, the site may not be for you. But if you’re a strength coach or sports medicine professional, I HIGHLY recommend you check it out it.

In this “Ultimate Hockey Training Interview”, we discuss:

  1. Updates on sports hernia and FAI
  2. Unilateral versus bilateral training
  3. Taking advantage of the CNS to improve power and strength
  4. My ‘core’ training system
  5. And a whole lot more!

You can listen to the interview by clicking the link below!

Listen Here >> Ultimate Hockey Training Interview

To your success,

Kevin Neeld

P.S. If you’re interested in more sports rehab and sports performance information, check out Sports Rehab Expert!

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This is an exceptionally busy week for me. On Thursday I fly up to Boston for a 3-day course, then immediately drive to Lake Placid to help with the end of the US Women’s National Team camp, before ultimately heading to Burlington, VT with the team for the IIHF World Championships. In a nutshell, I’ll be on the road from March 29-April 15th, which means I have 3 days to prepare for being gone for 2.5 weeks! That said, I’m pumped up for the course coming up and to spend some time with my friend Devan McConnell, who took over this year as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at UMass Lowell. I’m honored to have an opportunity to be involved with the US program as well, and humbled to work alongside such a great staff and group of players. Should be an exciting few weeks!

With all that in mind, I’m going to do my best to continue posting some hockey training and player development articles/videos for you over the ensuing weeks, but I’m really not sure how much down time I’ll have. Instead of leaving you stranded this week, I wanted to share a few interviews that I’ve done over the last month, starting with one I did with my friend Maria Mountain on Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI). If you’re unfamiliar with FAI, this is one of the most common injuries that affects elite level hockey players currently and early intervention is key to minimizing the damage (e.g. those working in youth hockey should be aware of some of the potential developmental causes and symptoms). You can listen to and/or download the interview at the link below.

Listen Here >> Kevin Neeld Interview on Hip Impingement

Enjoy! And if you have questions about any of the topics we talk about, please post them below.

To your success,

Kevin Neeld

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As you may have inferred from my posts over the last several months, we’ve been extremely busy at Endeavor both preparing for our impending move to a new indoor sports complex and in creating new services to better serve the athletes in the area. On that note, I wanted to formally announce two new services that you may be interested in, even if you aren’t local.

Endeavor Performance Online
We’ve spent the last year developing an online program design site that will effectively allow us to recreate the Endeavor experience at satellite locations. While it’s hard to fully replicate what we have to offer in terms of assessment, individualized program design, and coaching, the reality is that the overwhelming majority of athletes are so under-served that they just fumble around with the same inappropriate bodybuilding exercises and techniques that almost every high school student does!

The value in our new site, Endeavor Performance Online, stems from having us design a customized program based on your individual or team goals, schedule, and equipment availability. While most online training resources simply post a program and let you fend for yourself (e.g. little instruction on what to do if you don’t have equipment or don’t know how to do a certain exercise), we specifically construct the program based on YOUR equipment availability, and we have HD videos of all the exercises in the program that include coaching instructions. This provides you with all of the information you need to complete the exercise safely, which will ultimately lead to better, more consistent results.

The site allows you to enter your personal information and track all of your weights, so you or your coach can observe progress over time. And because the site is fully integrated for smartphone and tablet use, you can bring the program with you to the gym and watch the videos live while you’re there. This is the PERFECT solution for all of the prep schools that have amazing facilities, but no one designing programs for the kids, and for all of the junior hockey and NCAA Div III schools that are in the same boat.

We’ve recently wrapped up beta-testing and are preparing for a full-launch. At this time, we’re only launching the site for teams and schools. If you, or someone you know, is interested in more information about the site, they can contact me through our Endeavor site here: Contact Endeavor

Endeavor’s U-12 Athletic Development Program

I’m extremely excited to announce our new U-12 Athletic Development Program. Our U-12 Athletic Development Program is designed to create a fun, high energy environment for youth athletes to stay active and train for improved performance. Decades of research from different countries around the world has provided evidence that youth athletes are primed to develop certain athletic qualities at specific ages (see graph below). Maximizing these opportunities will not only lead to short-term performance improvements, it will also creates a larger window for the athlete to develop these qualities in the future!

The 8-12 age group (+/- a year depending on the developmental stage of the athlete) is the perfect age for athletes to make significant jumps in their coordination, speed, and endurance. Each part of our U-12 Athletic Development Program is specifically constructed to take advantage of these “sensitive periods” for the development of specific athletic qualities. In this way, the athlete is set up for both short- and long-term success!

Display of “sensitive periods” for the development of specific athletic qualities.

Through our U-12 Athletic Development Program, athletes can expect to:

  1. Improve their linear, lateral, and transitional speed and agility
  2. Improve fully body power in sport-specific patterns
  3. Improve functional strength
  4. Improve core strength and endurance in linear, rotational, and diagonal patterns
  5. Improve static and dynamic balance
  6. Improve aerobic and anaerobic endurance
  7. Reduce the risk of common sports injuries (e.g. ACL tears, groin and hip flexor strains, ankle sprains, shoulder dislocations/separations, etc.)
  8. Compete with more confidence
  9. Improve their performance
  10. Have a lot of fun!

A typical training session lasts about 60-75 minutes and consists of:

  1. 10-15 minutes dynamic warm-up
  2. 5-10 minutes of movement/coordination training
  3. 15-20 minutes of speed and agility training
  4. 10-15 minutes of power training
  5. 5-10 minutes of core training
  6. 10-15 minutes of integrated athletic activity games/competitions

The value of our training services comes in professional program design, and world-class coaching. Our coaches motivate the athletes to perform their best, teach them proper exercise technique, and educate them on proper training practices, empowering them with the skills and knowledge necessary for long-term success. Whether the athletes want to improve their speed, coordination, strength, endurance, or just a fun way to stay active, our U-12 Athletic Development training will help them reach their goals!

The U-12 Athletic Development Program includes:

  1. Comprehensive training program to improve all aspects of the athlete’s performance (speed, agility, power, strength, coordination, and endurance)
  2. Individualized coaching in a fun, high energy group environment from one of Endeavor’s highly trained staff members

Our U-12 Athletic Development Program is a cost-effective option for motivated youth athletes to improve their performance in a high-energy training environment, and have a ton of fun in the process!

Our Spring U-12 Athletic Development Program will run April 2nd-June 9th. We currently have open slots available at:

  1. Mon/Weds: 5:00 pm
  2. Mon/Weds: 6:30 pm
  3. Tues/Thurs: 5:00 pm
  4. Tues/Thurs: 6:30 pm
*Space in this program is limited and expected to fill up fast. Reserve your spot today!

Investment Costs

Prices are for seasonal training packages (~10 weeks). Pro-rated packages are available for athletes joining a program already in session and monthly payment plans are available for your convenience.

2X/WEEK SPRING PROGRAM: $350 Only $250!

If you’re interested in this program, call (856) 269-4148 today to reserve your spot AND get $50 off your Spring Training Program!

I’m very excited about everything we have going on at Endeavor right now (and several things we have coming up in the future that I haven’t mentioned yet!), and wanted to share them with you. Whether you’re local or fulfilling your potential from afar, we want to help you along your journey. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email directly.

To your success,

Kevin Neeld

P.S. If you didn’t already, don’t forget to check out this interview with Shawn Windle! Exercises for the Landmine

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A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to review a new DVD titled “Exercises for the Landmine” that I really enjoyed. To be honest, I’m not much of an enthusiast for any isolated piece of equipment. I think proper movement should be foundational to all exercises, regardless of the method of loading. That said, the landmine is an interesting tool that can be used to program integrated, full-body, multiplanar patterns that are difficult to replicate with other pieces of equipment. And because a landmine can be fabricated by jamming a traditional barbell in a corner, the costs are negligible.

While I thought very highly of the DVD and pulled some great ideas from it, I thought it would be more beneficial for you if I brought in the creator, Shawn Windle, to tell you more about training in professional sports and the possible roles the landmine can play in program design.

As a quick side note, make sure you read all the way to the end because I have a special surprise for you!

With that said, allow me to introduce Shawn Windle…

KN: Shawn, since this is the first time we’ve had you here, why don’t you introduce yourself?

SW: I am the middle of my seventh season as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Indiana Pacers.  Although much of my career has centered around basketball  I have had the opportunity to work with athletes from a number of sports as a Strength Coach at Rutgers University and the University of Connecticut.  Since graduating from the University of Maine at Presque Isle I have become a Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM), Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM), USA Weightlifting Club Coach and Functional Movement Screen Certified.

KN: Some people from the hockey community may hesitate to take training advice from a “basketball guy”. Can you talk a bit about your training philosophy and how it can be applied to or adjusted for all sports?

SW: I’m sure the people that are reading this are well aware that athletes from all sports have similar needs.  Mobility, strength, power, agility, speed/acceleration and conditioning are the foundation of building an athlete from any sport.  Although the interplay of these variables may change from sport to sport there is no escaping the need for their development especially with athletes that have a low training age.  Think about the athletes that you are working with now.  They may all be hockey players but within that group or team you will find some that need to develop strength while others may need a greater emphasis on conditioning while others may need more corrective exercise and movement prep.  The needs of your individual athlete are always greater than sport specific training.  That is not to say that the sport should not be considered but more often than not an athlete will need a more broad based approach to training before sport specific techniques can be implemented.

When I begin working with a new player I perform a number of different tests to determine the direction of training however, the Functional Movement Screen is where I start with all of my athletes to determine movement impairments and asymmetries.  Every athlete must build a strong foundation before higher levels of training can occur and for me creating a solid platform is absolutely essential.  There are numerous examples to use but since I am a car guy I like to use the example of how you would build a car.  Building a racing engine while ignoring tires, brakes, shocks, etc… is a recipe for disaster just as building a “strong” squat without regard to mobility, symmetry and/or stability. Even though I work with “elite” NBA athletes people are always surprised to learn how much time is spent on building a platform to train from.  I can not tell you how many times that I have seen on the court performance improve simply by using corrective exercises and neural re-programming.  This is not to say that lifting weights is not part of what we do because we certainly push weight when we can but I am careful with which movements that I select for each individual.  It always comes back to an individualized approach based on the needs of a particular athlete.  I could certainly go on and on about my philosophy and a more detailed look of the how, what, why and when but like the discussion of anybody’s philosophy it could go on and on.

KN: You recently released a new DVD called “Exercises for the Landmine“, that I thought was fantastic. Can you briefly introduce the landmine for those that may not be familiar with the piece of equipment, and discuss where most people go wrong in using it?

SW: The Landmine is one of my top five pieces of equipment because of its versatility.  It is a tool that allows me to load an athlete in the sagittal, frontal and transverse planes by changing the exercise or body position quickly and easily. My favorite reason for using the Landmine is because it is an excellent piece to train the core.  Most of the movements performed while using the Landmine require a great deal of core strength and stability.  There are exercises that reinforce bracing the core as well as exercises that require the lower body to begin a movement and then the core must transmit those forces into an upper body finish.  It is truly a total body piece of equipment.

It is hard to describe all of the benefits of using the Landmine however when you see somebody train with one you will immediately have an “aha” moment.  Then when you actually try the movements and perform a workout with it you will be hooked.  I literally can have professional athletes ready to crumble after 15 to 20 minutes of training.  My favorite exercise on the video is the Rotational Press!  Talk about transferring strength and power from the ground all the way up through your legs, hips, core and finally terminating with a press.  Isn’t that what sports is about?  The transfer of strength and speed in a total body coordinated manner will have you think twice about having your athlete perform a bench press.  Your hockey players will eat this stuff up!

KN: There were a lot of exercises I’ve never seen before on the DVD. Talk to us about how the landmine opens up some new possibilities with regards to exercise selection.

SW: I got a little bit ahead of myself in the last question and revealed some of my answer to this question.  What excites me about the Landmine is that there are a number of progressions that you can use.  Gray Cook may be the most notable person at this time that is talking about training from different bases of support as part of a teaching progression / neural reprogramming and if you subscribe to his teachings and research you know about working from the half kneel, tall kneel, lunge and standing position.  The Landmine allows you to progress your athlete through these different bases of support while creating different force vectors through body position adjustments.  The Landmine is another tool in the Coach’s toolbox that adds endless possibilities but at the end of the day you always have to evaluate why you are prescribing any modality and decide if it fits into what you are trying to accomplish.

KN: A problem that I see with some people without a lot of program design experience is that they look for “cool exercises” without really understanding how they fit into the whole program. How have you integrated landmine exercises into your training programs?

SW: We are all guilty of becoming enamored with a cool new exercise or piece of equipment!  The key for me is to try the exercise(s) on myself and then work backwards through a progression.  I always felt the best progressions are built by going backwards.  So I ask myself what if the athlete cannot do the Rotational Press?  What could be the problems in this exercise and then I start dismantling the movement.  I think once your progressions are solidified you can begin to work the Landmine into your philosophy.  Only you can decide if the Landmine is the right fit for your athletes and your philosophy.

The Landmine fits seamlessly into the workouts that I prescribe.  I operate out of a 900 sq. foot weight room, which requires me to carefully evaluate every piece of equipment in my room as well as each exercise to ensure optimal utilization of a small space.  With my space limitations I have two Landmines so as you can see I feel this piece is pretty important.  For me the Landmine is used for any strength movement where I am looking to add a transfer of power from lower body to upper body.

KN: What can people do if they don’t own a landmine?

Simply putting a bar in a corner, whether it be the corner of a room against two walls or against the bottom frame of a power rack where the steel is welded together and forms a 90 degree angle.  If you look around your weight room I’m sure you will see the possibilities.

KN: That’s great stuff! Any final thoughts?

SW: I appreciate the opportunity to do this interview. If your readers are interested in more information, they can check out the site I co-run with Brijesh Patel: SB Coaches College.


As I mentioned in the intro, I really enjoyed this DVD. And as Sean Skahan mentioned in his testimonial for the DVD, you know whenever Shawn or any of the other SB Coaches College guys put out a product that it’s backed with a TON of real-world experience. So as a special thank you for those of you that decide to pick up a copy, I’m going to throw in a free digital copy of my book Ultimate Hockey Training as an added bonus. Already have the book? Then I’ll throw in a copy of the companion nutrition manual Ultimate Hockey Nutrition. Just forward me your receipt, and I’ll send you a download link ASAP! This offer is only good through this Friday (March 23rd), so if you think the DVD is for you, pick up a copy today here: Exercises for the Landmine

To your success,

Kevin Neeld

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