By, Pete Wilson~ Trainer at Wright Training
Summer is in full swing. Like most people in Jackson, I am still enjoying beautiful sunny days on the river, hiking, biking, and sipping margaritas. The truth is that deep down I’m already mentally preparing for the upcoming hockey season. The only logical evolution is to be preparing physically as well.
Check out JH Moose Hockey: http://moose.pucksystems2.com Although it’s summer, it is time to prepare for the coming season!!!
In my opinion, the mode of training that we deploy at Wright Training is geared absolutely perfectly to the sort of agility, mobility, durability, and conditioning that is required to cross-train for hockey. These aspects of early season “dry-land” training are paramount when it comes to injury prevention while we shake the cobwebs off of our hockey legs. These weaknesses have been created by (in many instances) not being able to train the very specific muscle groups that are engaged during the plyometric skating motion. (A fancy way of saying “haven’t skated in forever because theres no damn ice”)
However, training these explosive fast-twitch muscle groups is not the only aspect to performing well as a hockey player. There are a lot of skaters who forget how important it is to use heavy resistance training in a training regiment. If you’re stronger pound for pound than other players you’re going to burn them when it counts. It means that each of your strides carries you further and faster than he or she is capable of going. It also makes a big difference when you are fore-checking or back-checking. You will win more races to pucks and win more battles in the corners. You will be the player who still has enough gas in the tank to make smart heads-up plays, create opportunities, and score goals. Putting the puck in the net is how you win hockey games.
If you have never tried a functional gym and are curious to see how we operate, I encourage you to come down to Wright Training and try out one of our Base Fitness or Sport Maintenance classes. Cross-training for your sport is one of the most important, if not absolutely THE MOST IMPORTANT aspect of engaging in any sport. Cross-training is the best way to not only recover and re-strengthen from past injuries but also to prevent future ones. That way you can safely and confidently go out there and dominate! I do my cross training at Wright Training and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Come train with Pete Wilson on Fridays at 5:30pm and Saturdays at 9 am!
*It can get rough out there on the ice. Being strong pound for pound means you have a better chance in the inevitable fight. You will be more durable to take any blows that come your way. *