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

Exposing Myself Online…

I want to wish you all a late Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted anything. Truth is, I was burnt out.  After 12 months of training clients/athletes, coaching hockey, writing articles, doing research, taking graduate classes, consulting, etc., I needed a break.

But I’m back now and as refreshed as ever!  Spending a couple weeks with my family, old friends from high school and college, and girlfriend was exactly what I needed.

Maybe you can relate to this.

I put on a few pounds over the holidays.

Actually, a few is a few less than an understatement by a few.  Exactly.

I actually planned on gaining weight because I wanted to train at a heavier weight for a bit.  After 6 weeks of that, I’m ready to lean out a bit.  Now I’m the first one to make fun of the so-called “experts” that post pictures of themselves with their shirts off and use that as a marketing strategy.  There are plenty of people with great bodies, many of which have no clue what they’re talking about. 

So I hesitated to even do this…but I’m going to expose myself, for the purposes of accountability.  It’s easy to let inconveniences get in the way of a diet, so telling you all my plans to get lean will help hold me accountable.  Posted below are pictures I took on Saturday (1/3/09).  I’ll post updated pictures as time goes on so you can see if my strict diet and intense training is paying off.

Front View

1/6/09-Front 2

Side View

1/6/09-Side 2

Back View

1/6/09-Back 2

For those of you that are posture-savvy, don’t look too far into my hip/shoulder positions here.  There’s a considerable hump in the floor of my apartment…

I’ll also be posting the training program I’m following so you can see exactly what I’ve done in the gym.  

I’m looking forward to the challenge.  It keeps me from losing touch with my athletes and clients.  After all, how could I ask something of you if I’ve never done it myself?

Until next time… 


-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.