Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve shared some research underlying why I believe hockey should be viewed as a “repeat sprint” sport.

One thing I didn’t mention…repeat sprint ability should be built on a foundation of low position endurance.

Maintaining low positions provides an opportunity for players to develop maximal power through each stride, along with a number of other benefits in terms of angling, puck protection, and leverage to give and absorb contact.

It’s also simple to assess and train.

In my book Speed Training for Hockey, I outlined the below age-based standards for a Split Squat IsoHold:

  • U-14: 60 seconds
  • U-18: 60-90 seconds
  • 18+: 90-120 seconds

Give this a shot and see how you do. If you can’t meet these times, building in holds 2-3 times per week is a great place to start.

Feel free to post any other comments/questions you have below. If you found this helpful, please share/re-post it so others can benefit.

To your success,

Kevin Neeld

P.S. For comprehensive programs to improve your speed AND repeat sprint ability, check out: Speed Training for Hockey

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