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

Diagonal Core Progression

Start basic. Eliminate joints, teach control.

½ Kneel eliminates lower leg and enforces single-leg stance control at the hip/core.

Tall Kneel adds in rotational control at the hip.

Standing adds in lower leg, but still emphasizes control (shoulders turn over a stable pelvis).

Rotational teaches loading through the hip and transfer through the core.

There are many Cable Lift variations not shown here, but this is the structure of a great off-season core training progression, and demonstrates how changes in position can emphasize different areas of the body.

Typically performed for 2-3 sets of 6-10 reps.

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To your success,

Kevin Neeld

P.S. For more information on in- and off-season program design, training and reconditioning for injured players, and integrating sports science into a comprehensive training process, check out Optimizing Adaptation & Performance

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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.