Off season training for Hockey - Part 6

Posted by Eric Hofmann on Thursday, March 13, 2014 Under: Health and Fitness blog

In our final entry to Off season training for hockey players. We will be reviewing all previous posts and putting it all together. In efforts to give you a better idea of how to go about your off-season and to get the most out of it. In Part 1 we discussed how to transition into the off-season along with the beginning weight room program. Part 2 & 3 we discussed skill specific training for hockey with stick-handling and power shooting. Part 4 we discussed transitioning into Phase 2 of training with speed and agility being the emphasis and laying out a training calendar for your off-season. And, finally in Part 5 we went into detail about hockey specific conditioning training.

It is important to note that this mini-series on hockey off-season training is not specific to anyone or anything. It is a generalized program. For the best results you will want a program made specifically to you. With that said look for information from your team coaches and trainers. Or, seek out professional training help for your local gym's. However, it is best to work with a trainer that has a detailed hockey background. As i have mentioned before Hockey is a very unique sport which makes training for it very specific as well. Performance Training also offers e-Training or Online personal training. In which we can build a off-season training program specifically for you via e-Mail. With 24/7 support should you have any questions. For more information please visit our online training page.

Off-season training for hockey in review should look something like this:

  • March 15th
    • End of season.
  • March 16th
    • Off-season officially begins.
    •  4 weeks of rest begins.
  • April 15th
  •  June 7th
    • End of Phase I - one week rest from resistance training.
    • Stickhandling/Powershooting continues.
    • On-ice training begins (camps,practice,etc). 
  •  June 15th
    • Phase II begins Speed & Agility training; Strength maintenance program. (See below)
    • Stickhandling/Powershooting program increases to 4-5 days a week.
    • On-ice training (camps,practices, etc) are in full swing.
  • August 1st
    • End of Phase II - one week rest from ALL training.
  • August 8th
    • Phase III begins Conditioning and Maintenance program. (See Part 5)
    • Stickhandling/Powershooting program 1-2 days a week.
    • On-Ice training; as much as possible.
  • September 1st
    • Main Camp begins.
    • Off-Season officially complete.

I, would like to one more time emphasize the importance of the first Phase and the rest period. In today's game at the higher levels. The physical demand expected out of the players is immense - not to mention our seasons are long. And, the off-season is fairly short. Meaning you really do not have a window for rest other than immediately after the season. Those 4 weeks are an excellent time for your body mentally and physically to rebuild and replenish. After that small 4 week window is gone - you quite honestly will not have time like that again to just rest and relax. That is if you take your off-season serious. At the end of the day - take the time to rest!

If you have any questions about off-season training for Hockey or any other specific questions in regards to this mini-series. Please feel free to e-mail me at anytime:

Best of luck!

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