young player workout

So it is dryland training time and you have been working hard with dry land training and feeling good about yourself and your progress! You have been getting on the ice a couple of times a week now for the past couple of weeks, playing with guys who are moving up a league or going off to pro camps. Sitting in the gym after a workout you are wondering….AM I READY!

Looking back over the past couple of months of training, watching the other players perform different exercises to help with their core or leg ‘explosion’ moves, hearing what they are eating or not eating. How they are resting after a great workout or a good hard skate. You start to wonder am I doing all I can do? Do I have the right fitness plan or even better do I have the right fitness trainer?

You have to ask yourself these questions. What exercises should I really be doing? How often should I be in the gym, on the ice or just resting? Should I train through the hockey season too?

Hiring the right trainer can help you with all this plus help maintain your motivation and avoid training injuries as well. Hockey is a very dynamic game based on speed, strength, endurance and agility and all this can be obtained through proper training, correct applications of the training exercises. You have to do your homework when hiring a trainer as not all trainers are good for everyone.

Ask these certain questions when you have a chance.

  • What are your certifications?
  • Do you have a Bachelor’s degree and are a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist?
  • How often do you work hockey players? Hockey has different training requirements unique to the sport.
  • What age groups do you work with and are more comfortable with? Different age players have different requirements.
  • Can the trainer provide different hockey players references? Always good to do this and speak with the players who have trained with this person.
  • What do you do in a typical workout session? It is good to have a challenge and do different things.
  • Do you set up a food plan for your clients? Making sure they have the nutrient requirements from their schooling is a big benefit these days.

There is a lot of great trainers out there that do a great job with sports enthusiast. From ‘weekend warriors’ to the players that are going pro but you must be careful in what you need and what. So ask these questions through the interview process so you can get the best that you need.

Check out this website Star Factory Fitness and what Conor can do for you and let him know Coach Nye sent you!

Until next time.

See you after the game,

Coach Nye