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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.


For anyone that spends any appreciable amount of timing training for hockey the goal is always the same. To improve your on-ice performance in the game of hockey.
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It’s kind of interesting the training programs that different hockey players follow. Some will do the basics in terms of ground-based powerlifting such as the squat, deadlift and bench. Others will  lift no iron at all and perform every movement and exercise on a balance implement of some type. And lastly you’ll get the players who do a bodybuilding style workout that includes a few elements for the ‘show muscles’. These would be exercises such as crunches, biceps curls and other isolation favourites where you can feel the burn and then run and flex in front of the mirror.
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Is there really such a thing as ‘less is more’? Besides bikinis can this be true with hockey training? Can we reduce or eliminate some things from our program without losing a step? Or maybe even being a step ahead? 
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Hi there: For today’s post I want you to consider something that applies to everything you do in life. It definitely applies to school, finances, careers, relationships and also to performance in hockey. And not only is this one thing so vital to everything you do in life it is one of the most overlooked aspects in our efforts. For some this one thing could be the difference maker between having an average career in hockey and going pro. It could be the difference between mediocrity and excellence. Are you ready to learn what this one thing is that can influence the ultimate success you have in hockey? Alright then read on and I’ll tell you.
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