We spend 3 months every year doing our best to help some of the top players in the game become the best version of themselves and the landscape of professional hockey is a highly competitive one. Gone are the days of trading sticks for golf clubs all summer long, instead players are spending time in the gym, and on the field looking for ways to complement and improve their on-ice performance.
You don’t need a professional hockey player to train like one, in today’s article we borrow a few tricks from some of the best in the game and show you how to incorporate them into your own training regime.
Single Leg Training! We wrote an article a few months back on the value of single leg training for both performance and general health. The majority of sport is spent on one leg, skating, running, kicking, throwing, they activities all require lower body strength and stability to execute and we spend a lot of time on one leg training those attributes. It is an area of training that is often overlooked in the general gym routine, but we want to change that. Single leg work is great for developing hip strength, and balance, as well as minimize the stress placed on your back. If you have struggled with a back or knee injury in the past – chances are you have – then we strongly suggest incorporating some SL work. The improvements in hip strength will help protect your knee as well as decrease the risk of slipping and falling.
Hydration is a key factor for performance, mentally and physically. Dehydration can lead to headaches, fatigue, brain fog, electrolyte imbalance, muscle weakness, muscle spasms, digestive issues (constipation etc.), skin issues and so on leading to more severe conditions. The consumption of sugary beverages and excess coffee throughout the day can cause the body to be dehydrated regardless of drinking liquids. The focus should be on quality spring water consistently throughout the day and a good check of hydration would be to check the color of your urine which should be a pale yellow. It is also recommended to drink a quality sports drink like Biosteel HPSM which is not only full of electrolytes lost when sweating but also B-vitamins as well as amino acids to assist in recovery from exercise.
Nap. The nap has been shunned in our performance-driven, full throttle modern life. We have actually started celebrating the opposite as if functioning at 50 percent capacity on no sleep is a badge of honor. Sports have a deep appreciation for the mid-afternoon nap and we want to give it a bit of love.
There is significant evidence indicating that we spent the majority of our existence as bi-phasic, if not poly-phasic sleepers. This means that rather then one solid sleep block we divided it up among 2 or more sections. This is still prevalent in countries that possess a siesta – notably Spain – trying to find an open restaurant at 2 o’clock in the afternoon in Barcelona is of the more frustrating lessons of our travel life. We realize it’s likely not possible to sip a small glass of Rioja and then curl up on the couch for 2 hours but a quick 20 minutes can go a long in boosting creativity and