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

The Foundation for Hockey Conditioning: Split Squat Holds

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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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.