About 10 years ago I switched the majority of my off-season program phases to follow this weekly template. Days 1,3,5 are the high neural stress days that have the bulk of the speed, power, strength, and alactic conditioning stress. Days 2 and 4 are primarily aerobic training days and include some extra mobility, core, and… Read more
Posts in "Periodization"
Over the last few weeks I’ve gotten a lot of questions about training phase length and sequencing for youth hockey players. This image is of the periodization template I put together for a youth organization I worked with in the past. For that organization, we divided the teams into 3 groups by age: Group A:… Read more
One of the big mistakes that the most committed youth athletes make is training the same way in-season that they do in the off-season. These graphs are from a talk I gave at the @nscaofficial Training for Hockey Clinic several years ago and provide an overview of how the emphases on specific physical qualities should… Read more
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
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