When I have a initial consult with most goalies one of their primary goals is to get a wider butterfly and to be able to do the splits. This is kind of like a kid showing up to his first basketball practice wanting to start with dunking.Read More
Author: Maria Mountain M.Sc.
Regular InGoal Columnist Maria Mountain, an expert trainer of hockey players, was inspired to drink raw eggs and skip rope after watching the movie Rocky again, but wonders if jumping rope can really benefit a goaltender on the ice.Read More
Regular InGoal Columnist Maria Mountain is an expert trainer of hockey players, including Stanley Cup Champions. Learn more about working with her at www.hockeytrainingpro.com Today I am going to share a dirty little secret about all exercise programs. Here it is…Everything works (pretty much). So if you have never done off-ice training for hockey before and you decide to do nothing but biceps curls and knee extensions – you will get stronger, you will get bigger biceps probably and you may even feel better on the ice for a while. This is why you see so many garbage training programs out there. Whatever you try will probably work, in the short term anyway. Like all things there are great off-ice training programs for hockey goalies, but there are also ones that are just good, but nothing too spectacular, and ones that are downright awful. A good program will typically get you some results for a while and probably not injure you. An awful program will have a chest day, a back day, a leg day, a shoulders day (you get the idea). It probably will not get you results on the ice, but you may look better in the locker room with your shirt off (maybe) and you will likely develop some sort of injury within 3 months of starting the program. So, now that you know that almost...Read More
Three Exercises that Improve a Goalie’s Butterfly Slide Regular InGoal Columnist Maria Mountain is an expert trainer of hockey players, including Stanley Cup Champions. Learn more about working with her at www.hockeytrainingpro.com This one is a video post showing you are few simple exercises that you can do at home with minimal equipment to improve your butterfly slide, or backside recovery pushes (of course those typically also involve a rotation before pushing – but remember I am not a technique coach, just a goalie strength and conditioning coach). I came up with this routine for one of the adult...Read More
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