On Monday I posted 13 questions every hockey player and coach should have the answers to if they’re serious about training to fulfill their hockey potential.
The list is extensive, but not all-inclusive. From consulting with coaches and players throughout the years, I know considering all those forms of training can be a bit intimidating.
The most logical first question is, “Where do I start?”
The most effective first step in developing a successful hockey training program you can make is to add a well-designed dynamic warm-up before EVERY off- and on-ice session (yes, every one-this means before games AND practices!).
What’s a dynamic warm-up?
I’ll tell you what it’s not! It’s NOT a slow jog around the rink and 15 minutes of stretching. That’s similar to how I prepare for bed at night…not for high-intensity training.
A dynamic warm-up should increase your heart rate, improve range of motion around “activity-specific” joints, increase body temperature, and increase the neural drive to working muscles.
I know it’s Friday so I won’t drag on too long here. Start to think about adding a dynamic warm-up to all of your training sessions, whether they’re in the weight room, on the track, or on the ice. Start by considering the movement requirements of ice hockey. A couple hints:
Stay tuned over the next couple weeks. I’ll walk you through exactly how I design my dynamic warm-up programs.
Have a great weekend!
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.