Our hockey training model is underpinned by the concept of reconditioning. Simply put, hockey players need to train differently than other athletes. We train to increase our ability to perform the movements required in the sport to the highest degree. Protocols that don’t directly help you skate, shoot, and handle body contact will not create the change you want to see.
The success of each player will be intertwined with the training they do as they mature. The priority is to have a strong connection with your biomechanics, followed by different types of load to build stronger, more powerful, explosive athletes. The speed, load demand, and tempo at which we move is termed capacity.
Skills and on-ice training are incredibly important but also happen to be one piece of the puzzle. Off-ice development allows the player to build on the tools they need to become dominant athletes. Without a structured off-ice program, a growing hockey player will not have the necessary abilities to execute during games and practices.
Hockey is a very demanding sport physically. To excel, hockey players need to have robust bodies that can perform and handle physical stress. The reality is that good players will train all year round, but the off-season is even more crucial. The frequency and intensity can vary depending on the time of year, but hockey players should be engaging in consistent strength and conditioning throughout their career.
|5:30 - 6:30Strength Training||5:30 - 6:30PAQ||5:30 - 6:30Strength Training||5:30 - 6:30PAQ||5:30 - 6:30Strength Training|
|6:30 - 7:30PW||6:30 - 7:30PW|
|6:30 - 7:30Strength Training||6:30 - 7:30PAQ||6:30 - 7:30Strength Training||6:30 - 7:30PAQ||6:30 - 7:30Strength Training|
|7:30 - 8:30PW||7:30 - 8:30PW|
PAQ or power-agility-quickness sessions are designed to give players improved speed, explosiveness and change of direction ability.
With the game evolving towards more speed and skill, these tools are essential to be able to play on tight North-American ice surfaces. Acceleration is the most critical skating component when it comes to hockey. We build acceleration by first setting up the body to handle these forces, followed by building a bigger engine.
The sessions typically consist of footwork, lower and upper body power development, along with improving the core dynamics to handle these forces.
Strength training sessions will vary as the program progresses. Each session begins with a brief movement prep. This mobility-focused component will prepare the player for their session in addition to allowing us to flag any potential movement restrictions going forward.
The majority of the program will be to develop lower and upper body strength that is specific to hockey players.
Different variables & load types will be inserted throughout
Powerwatts sessions are an incredible way to build lower body power as well as improve metabolic conditioning.
Hockey players need to be powerful skaters. They also have to maintain their power as much as they can over the course of the game. The bike allows the players to manage their fatigue and improve their power endurance.
The bike is less taxing on the body than many other training methods. This allows for adequate recovery to push during other sessions.
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