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So today was a great day.

Because we sent out contracts for our first ever Okanagan Strength & Conditioning Conference. And we’ve lined up some big names to present at this event.

While I can’t name names just yet, as we need to have all the contracts signed first, it will be an epic event.

Hockey players, coaches and trainers would benefit greatly by attending this event. We are bringing in 5 different coaches and experts that train athletes at the highest levels of their sports.

One coach in particular has his name on the Stanley Cup.

I’ll let that sink in for a bit.

We’re talking about a strength and conditioning coach currently employed in the NHL in that capacity who has prepared players who won the Cup.

And he’s going to be speaking at our event. And he will be available to hang out with at our conference social. Plus we are trying to arrange for him to provide some extra coaching to our staff and hockey players that train here in the summer.

Now let me ask you something…how valuable would it be to you to be able meet, connect and learn from one of the most respected strength and conditioning coaches in the NHL?

What questions would you have for this coach?

What areas of your off-season training could be improved by spending some time with a coach of this calibre?

Obviously this type of opportunity would be invaluable. But here’s the kicker…these types of coaches aren’t readily available for these types of events. They work hard during the season and they have a number of commitments during the off-season. Any free time at all is spent with their families.

So we feel very fortunate to have someone like coming to our event to present, teach and help.

And I want to make sure you take advantage of this opportunity if it’s within your means. With that in mind I want to give you a special bonus for following this blog and demonstrating the commitment to improving your game. Here’s what I’d like to do.

Because many of you aren’t local to Kelowna I want to invite you to train at our facility for the week prior to our event. If you purchased a copy of you can access our facility for no additional cost.

Plus I will be there while you are training and be able to coach you through many of the lifts, exercises and drills you are working on.

Plus you will be able to train alongside many of the other hockey players we will be working with. This includes NHL players, European, NCAA, CIS, Junior as well as minor hockey league players.

If you need accomodations we have arranged a great rate with a hotel down the street from our facility.

Lastly, there may be a chance to do some of your training under the watchful eye of an NHL strength coach. I can’t promise you this yet but am working on making it happen.

If you are serious about improving your performance in hockey you owe it to yourself to be in Kelowna for the week leading up to August 17-18. It’s an amazing city and a great opportunity to train with many other highly motivated hockey players, in an incredible facility with top level coaching.

Leave me a comment below if you are interested or would like more details.




When you mention dryland training to a hockey player the first thing that comes to mind is leg training. And if it’s not leg training it’s core training. Which in an upcoming post I’ll show you can be accomplished at the same time. But for now we’ll stick to the discussion that leg training forms the foundation of training for hockey. And it makes sense. Because the game is played from a position on the feet with force being generated into the ground.
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There are a number of components to having success on the ice and performing as a hockey player. Besides the on ice practices, skates, video sessions and meetings there is also all of the dryland training that needs to be done. And when you ask most players what comes to mind when they think of training for hockey certain lifts and exercises are envisioned.

Since hockey is a striding sport it makes sense that we need to develop strength that allows us to become stronger on our skates and quicker when we have to move. So right away, we probably think of all of the leg exercises such as squats, deadlifts, lunges, step-ups  and any other type of compound lift that is done from a standing position and has a lower body emphasis.

While these lifts would generally be a great idea they aren’t always what we want to be doing for our weight room training. And this may sound contradictory unless you  realize that all training is cumulative. This means that everything physical we do takes a toll on our bodies and requires time to recover. The cellular energy we have to train and play is of a finite quantity and is not endless. So if we do countless sets and reps of squats and deadlifts before a busy week of games how will our legs feel? And how will we play when the puck is dropped?

This is where good intentions can work against us. We want to be our best in every game. We know certain movements and muscles are vital to performance in hockey. So we spend our time trying to develop our abilities in these areas. Unfortunately as the season wears on and the intensity of the games builds the need for rest and recovery between games becomes even more crucial. We can use the time in between games to regenerate for the next game or shoot for PBs in the weight room and be less than 100% come game time.

So as the season wraps up and playoffs begin look to see where you are putting your resources and energy. Is it on the ice allowing you be your best and perform at your highest potential? Or was it left in the training room the day before the big game?

Let me know what you think. And what do you do the day before a big game? Or if you have multiple games in a row on multiple nights what strategies do you use to get ready?