The Best Way to Exercise For Hockey
During competition, athletes have to constantly adapt their body movements to the locations of both their teammates and opponents. That’s why high-performing athletes know to look for constant movement variability in their workouts to achieve success. A hockey player who can perform loaded resistance-training exercises in a variety of movements patterns can be prepared for the constant changes in direction and velocity that occur during a hockey game.
What Doesn’t Work
While exercises such as squats, bench presses, and rows could be beneficial for a hockey players overall strength, these movement do not translate into improved on-ice performance. For example, the barbell squat requires an individual to keep his or her feet parallel, maintain spinal extension and a symmetrical alignment in the hips, while lowering and raising the barbell against gravity. How does this translate on the ice? In short: it doesn’t!
What Does Work
It’s true resistance training is extremely important to a hockey career. But to do this effectively, the player must focus on powerful transverse movements and overall compound training in multiple planes of motion. This simulates the movements you perform in a hockey game, and with added resistance while performing the exercise in various speed and with different weight loads, makes you even stronger as a player. Multiplanar movement training allows athletes to develop sport-specific strength by using variable, high-velocity movements that directly correspond to game-like situations.
Increasing mobility and strength through multiplanar exercises is crucial for hockey players to improve their skating stride, shot strength, and other movement aspects in hockey, all while greatly reducing the risk of injury on the ice and off. Essentially, the more powerful and mobile your movement in multiplanar exercises (which simulate the movements you perform on the ice), the more powerful hockey player you’ll be.
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