If hockey is your sport of choice, you need above-average proficiency in most aspects of fitness. The world’s best hockey players boast dynamic strength and flexibility, combines with exceptional balance and cat-like agility. The hockey conditioning programs of the dark ages of sport conditioning relied on traditional static strength, flexibility exercises, combined with aerobic workouts. If you are still using these outdated training modes, our personal trainers can help you take your hockey conditioning plan into the 21st century.
The Core of Hockey
Without core strength, your back would never be able to withstand the dynamic movements of hockey. As your deeper core muscles take charge of of stabilizing and protecting your lower back and pelvis, your internal and external obliques get called into action, and perform the rotational movements that characterize the hockey game.
Traditional abdominal and oblique exercises might strengthen these muscle groups, but they do not meet the functional movement training required of the sport. Making use of the stability ball, the medicine ball, the bosu and the cable equipment, your personal trainer will teach you hockey-specific exercise that engage and strengthen you deep core and obliques.
Strength Meets Balance for Hockey Players
Strength alone does not create a winning hockey player. Balance skills must accompany brute force. Given the number of dynamic balance training equipment in today’s fitness market, it’s easy to combine strength and balance conditioning into one workout. Balance boards and discs work best for hockey-specific squats and lunges. When doing supine upper body exercises, the stability ball provides an effective substitute for the weight bench.
The Agile Hockey Player
To say that the hockey game requires fast reaction times is an understatement, especially when a split second delayed reaction will definitely make or break a game. If your workout plan consists primarily of predictable, machine-based strength training, you’re not doing your team mates any favors. Break out of the box and your personal trainer to help you design an agility training program. You’ll jump rope, play medicine ball catch, strange hop over hurdles and have fun. You’re a player. Your workout should involve some play!
Jump Into Plyometrics
Plyometric training will improve your power, which will definitely enhance your game. A lower-body plyometric sequence might start with a traditional strength-training exercise, and then adding a jump to the same movement. For example, you can start with a squat to activate the right muscles..Then, begin in the squat, but as you extend your legs, jump into the air, and land in the squat. Upper-body plyometrics are loads of fun! For example, as you straighten your arms during push-ups, add a quick clap in the transition.
Sounds like fun? Ask our personal trainer to teach you some hockey-specific workouts! Call Happy Physio now on (08) 9272 7359!