Kevin Neeld — Hockey Training, Sports Performance, & Sports Science

Core Training Variations for Dynamic Stability

Following up on a previous post, over the next few days, I’ll share other core variations we use to reinforce stability across a variety of different positions.

The video below is of a Split Squat Med Ball Figure 8.

As with the last video, the goal is to maintain depth and a forward lean/shin angle, and to control the momentum of the ball to maintain the pelvis/torso within the base of support.
The “Figure 8” (really an “infinity” symbol) pattern adds a diagonal component, in comparison to the “tight rotation” variation that is straight side to side.
This serves as an end-stage progression from dynamic cable chop and lift patterns.
With longer durations, a key point of emphasis is on “breathing through the brace.”
Give this a shot, and post any questions/comments below!

To your success,

Kevin Neeld

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Kevin Neeld

Kevin Neeld Knows Hockey

Kevin has rapidly established himself as a leader in the field of physical preparation and sports science for ice hockey. He is currently the Head Performance Coach for the Boston Bruins, where he oversees all aspects of designing and implementing the team’s performance training program, as well as monitoring the players’ performance, workload and recovery. Prior to Boston, Kevin spent 2 years as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the San Jose Sharks after serving as the Director of Performance at Endeavor Sports Performance in Pitman, NJ. He also spent 5 years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with USA Hockey’s Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, and has been an invited speaker at conferences hosted by the NHL, NSCA, and USA Hockey.