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One of my favourite exercises to use with the hockey players we train is the deadlift. We do all sorts of variations of this lift as well. We’ll do them with a wide snatch grip or regular grip. We’ll do with a straight leg or with more knee flexion. We’ll do them on two legs and on one. We’ll pull from the floor, from the rack and sometimes do deficit deadlifts.
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So what does your post-workout plan look like? Is there a plan? Do you know what you’re supposed to be doing but sometimes forget to make the arrangements ahead of time? Or do you have no clue and will follow what everyone else is doing regardless of whether it is effective or not?
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One thing I find really fascinating about hockey players is their nutritional habits. They are all over the board. Some have a good understanding as what quality nutrition is and others are completely in the dark. Some may have a good understanding but for whatever reason they fail to apply this information. And then there are those that are mis-informed and make poor choices due to ignorance rather than laziness or apathy. And sometimes this makes me think of an old Seinfeld episode.
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When we train for hockey it is to improve our performance in hockey. Because while hockey players may utilize powerlifting, Olympic lifting, sprints and other types of training in their efforts to improve it is always for the purpose of:
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Step in the training room of any NHL or NCAA hockey team and you’re bound to find some elastic bands or tubing. Often times we associate this with rehab, corrective exercise or maybe a metabolic circuit. You’d see hockey players performing lateral band walks and clam shells to get the glutes turned on. And you might also see them using a band for a scapular retraction exercise or a chopping pattern.
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