Posts Tagged ‘strength’

Summer’s are fun because of the nice weather, the chance to go boating or golfing as well as taking a road trip or vacation.

However summer is also the time for making big gains in your hockey training. It’s the time to address nagging injuries that you couldn’t deal with completely during a playoff push. It’s the time to put on the mass that helps you control your space and impose your will more easily on your opponent. And it’s the time to be able to focus on the recovery between training sessions.

There are lots of great reasons to look forward to the summer.

But as we see with many of our players they also like to take some time and get away. As well, they also have friends who spend their off-seasons elsewhere. And when they come through Kelowna they know they have a place to come and train.

They don’t have to settle for local ‘meat-head’ gym where the squat racks are busier with guys doing biceps curls than they are for squatting.

They don’t have to settle for the local community gyms that prefer that every lift be done slow and controlled. Plyos, med balls throws and Olympic lifts would be out of the question.

Besides hockey players that roll through town in the summer we are also a common training centre for the Canadian Freestyle Ski Team. So you may cross paths with snowboarders and skiers all trying to shine in Sochi in 2014.

But anyways we want to make this same offer available to our friends of onsidehockeytraining.

So if you are a subscriber of this site you are considered a friend of Okanagan Peak Performance, which is the physical home of our athlete training centre. And therefore I want to welcome you to access our facility when you are in the Kelowna area.

So how do you take advantage of this offer?

Simply leave me a comment on this blog and I can let our staff in Kelowna know to welcome when you are passing through.

We have almost 2500 square feet with four racks and platforms, 5 benches, over 3000 lbs of weights, TRX, GHD, slideboards, sandbags, kettlebells, sleds, battling ropes, plyo boxes, bands, tubing and lots of other toys. Basically everything an athlete needs and nothing they don’t.

Take a look at the pictures below to see what the facility looks like.

























Besides the great location and equipment we also provide towel service, training and recovery drinks to our training clients. And for our hockey players we include weekly massages with their training to enhance the recovery process.

The last thing to mention about our facility, and maybe the best feature, is the people. Not only do we work with some amazing athletes we also have a great staff here. They’re all about making sure our clients have the best experience possible.

So if you have plans to be in BC this summer hopefully you can stop by and get in a training session or two.


The other day I was training a young hockey player and he noticed someone in the gym performing a pull-up style exercise.

And I say ‘pull-up style’ because this wasn’t your traditional pull-up.
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The more time and experience I spend in this field the more I am seeking out more efficient ways of doing things. And this shouldn’t just regarding hockey training but everything we do. We should be looking for strategies that give us the best return on investment. Period.

The goal shouldn’t be to make our training sessions longer. Or to set records on the training room floor. Or to double the dose of a nutrient if the first sample worked. Instead we should be looking at things the opposite way.
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In the previous post I introduced Part I of this article which talked about when injuries happen in the game of hockey. Sometimes there are contact injuries but we were more focused on the non-contact type of injuries that happen. This is because we hope to be able to prevent as many of the non-contact injuries as possible.
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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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