Posts in "Off-Ice Hockey Training"

Hockey Conditioning For Goalies

Hockey Conditioning For Goalies

I think work capacity and alternating periods of static holds and explosive movements are essential training strategies for goalies. I do some traditional interval training on a bike with goalies, like I do with all hockey players, but I have a greater emphasis on iso-holds. I usually use a squat iso-hold, or a split squat… Read more

The Truth About Skating Treadmills

The Truth About Skating Treadmills

Skating treadmills have become big business, hailed as the cure for slow hockey players. A look at the research shows that hockey players tend to increase their stride frequency on a skating treadmill compared to on-ice training, probably because of the increased friction of the skating treadmill surface. That makes sense. The take home is… Read more

Hockey Conditioning

Hockey Conditioning

Do you think like this? Most hockey teams skate 3 lines consistently. Most shifts are about 45 seconds. If you were thinking about designing an overload-based conditioning program for hockey, the logical conclusion would be to: Put together intervals using a 1:2 work to rest (3 line system) Have the work intervals be between 30-60… Read more

Hockey Training Secret?

Hockey Training Secret?

What’s the hockey training secret to success?   I’ve written a lot about the proper way to train the core, how to create adequate mobility and muscular balance around the hip to prevent groin and hip flexor injuries, how high intensity interval training is the only way to go for hockey players, why single-leg training… Read more

Explosive Power for Hockey Players

Explosive Power for Hockey Players

I’m cheating today, by stealing content from my colleague Kim McCullough.  I came across a couple videos she put together on hockey-specific speed and power training.  She primarily targets female hockey players, but I assure you that these drills are equally as effective for hockey players of both genders (I’ll speculate that Kim would agree… Read more