Monthly Archives: February 2022

Lateral Core Training

Lateral Core Training

When integrating core exercises into a training program, it’s helpful to categorize the exercises based on the pattern of movement or control: Anterior, Lateral, Diagonal, Rotational. Keeping the pattern in mind, there are several different exercises using different pieces of equipment that can be used to target specific areas. This allows athletes some flexibility in… Read more

Program Individualization: Phase Sequencing

Program Individualization: Phase Sequencing

There are many ways to individualize a training program to make it more specific to an athlete’s needs. One simple way is to skip phases of an off-season program NOT relevant to the athlete’s needs to create additional time for the athlete to cycle through phases more specific to their goals. This table is from… Read more

Individualizing a Training Program

Individualizing a Training Program

Over the last few months, I’ve shared examples of how an athlete’s speed or conditioning can be limited by different factors, and how game demands vary by position in ice hockey. The reality is that every athlete is starting from a unique place, and therefore requires a specific path to get from where they are… Read more

What’s the best exercise for…

What’s the best exercise for…

Over the years I’ve received a lot of questions worded something like “What’s the best exercise I can do to improve speed (or power, or lower body strength, etc.)”. The allure of the “best exercise” also appears in mainstream media, where we regularly see articles with titles that start with “Top 10 exercises for…” There… Read more