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Are you familiar with Turkish Get Ups?

Sometimes they are abbreviated as TGU or simply called get ups. I think the name gets shortened for the same reason some people call Bulgarian split squats simply split squats.

Anyways, if you’re not familiar with this exercise during your hockey training you’d be wise to look into it and see what benefits it may offer you.

Because to some this exercise looks really foreign and unlike anything related to the game of hockey.

For example:

* you start on your back

* you are rolling on the ground

* there is no slippery or unstable surface

* there is no powerful release of the training implement

* your focus is straight up at your vertical hand

* it doesn’t involve elements of sprinting, agility or contact with an opponent

I mean how can something that looks nothing like the game of hockey help you become a better hockey player?

Better yet, how can something that doesn’t involve any of the elements of the game of hockey, regardless of whether it looks like hockey, help you improve your game?

Shouldn’t hockey training be about improving your on-ice performance?

Shouldn’t hockey training be about minimizing your potential for injury?

Shouldn’t hockey training be about extending the length of your revenue generating years as much as possible?

Absolutely it should!

And shouldn’t hockey training be very specific to include only the elements that serve a purpose so as to be as efficient and effective as possible?

I think so.

So why are strength and conditioning coaches including Turkish Get Ups in their training programs?

Isn’t this just another example of a coach who gets excited about something new to them and then finds a way to work this into their training program?

I’ll admit that does happen. From time to time we do see coaches that get swayed by certain trends and invest in equipping, educating and training their athletes due to a particular training.

Consider the BOSU.

How many of you are still using the BOSU as a part of your hockey training program?

Let me qualify that first.

How many of you are using the BOSU that:

* don’t have an injury you are currently trying to rehab

* aren’t using the BOSU for upper body exercises

* aren’t using this tool once in a blue moon 

but instead everytime you are going to do a lower body workout are looking for the rubber dome to do your leg training?

Probably not as many as 5 years ago.

And in 5 years there will be even fewer people using this tool than there are today.

Sometimes it take a while for the correct information to get out there.

I get that .

So isn’t doing Turkish Get Ups just another example of an exercise that we’re getting a little too excited about that in a few yeara we’re going to look back and laugh that we used to think so much of it?

I don’t think so.

And in Part II of this post I’ll give 11 Reasons Why the TGU WIll Make You a Better Hockey Player.

In the meantime keep training hard and post your questions hockey training questions below and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.


So what did you think of game 2?

I couldn’t believe that finish. So few goals allowed during the first 120 minutes and then an overtime winner in 11 seconds.

But that’s the great thing about the game of hockey. Things can change so quickly and anything on net in OT has a chance.

You have to wonder though if Thomas’s overly aggressive style cost the Bruins the game? Because whenever the Canucks are in the offensive zone it seems like Thomas is anywhere but in the blue paint.

It’s one thing to be challenging the shooters, cutting down angles and getting close to the man in front to minimize deflections on shots from the point.

But Thomas is well out on every shot. And he interferes with the Vancouver forwards who aren’t expecting the goalie to be a few feet outside the blue. They’re used to gliding across the top of the crease to provide a screen but not take an interference penalty.

And in OT it cost him.

At least that’s what I would argue.

By playing out so much he was able to lured wider than if he was deeper in his net.

Plus had he been a normal distance from the goal line there would be have been less chance that Chara would have pushed him away from his goal.

So what does this have to do with off-season training for hockey? What can you learn from Thomas on this play?

Well, you need to recognize where your ‘home’ is. And by home I mean your centre, your proper posture, your core or your base of support.

Your goal should be to perform all lifts and exercises as intensely and or as quickly as possibly with ideal technique.

What defines ‘ideal technique’?

Well lots of things but one in particular is a neutral spine. And this is more than simply trying to maintain a slight curve in your low back. Unfortunately for some hockey players they don’t even achieve this much as they lose pelvic and hip control during many of the movements done in the gym.

But back to neutral spine another way of thinking of this is to lengthen the spine. All the way from your tail bone through the top of your neck.

Your neck? Why do I have to worry about my neck? Aren’t we worrying about developing strong legs, explosive power and a stable core?  Who said anything about the neck?

These may be some common responses by hockey players when additional emphasis is placed upon ensuring the head is in a neutral position.

Because when we have a neutral head the spine is long, the spine is neutral, the core works better and we have better hip and pelvic alignment.

And when you think about the number of hip and pelvic injuries that are happening not too mention the increased incidence of concussions wouldn’t proper head and neck alignment be one of the first things to address?

We all know the brain is CPU for the body and reigns supreme. As you continue on with your off-season hockey training make sure to give your head and neck positioning an appropriate amount of care and consideration.

Because if you don’t you’ll deviate from neutral and come away from your base or your home. And then bad things happen such as injuries or getting scored on in OT.


One thing I really enjoy about working with hockey players is that no two are the same. You never get the same experience twice.

You could have two players of the same age, height and weight but score completely differently on their assessments and therefore need to address different issues.
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I really enjoy learning things that make a big differences in my efforts. Sometimes it’s due to a conscience effort to make a particular change to the program. And other times you might do something different, not necessarily purposeful, but notice an improvement.
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