A Simple Way To Boost Speed In The Crease
They have a simple task, get from A-to-B as fast as possible; that is SPEED.
If only life were so simple.
Your finish line – the puck – is a moving target. Through proper positioning and anticipatory movement, you need to get to where the puck is going to be before it gets to the back of the net.
So this is where agility comes in – you know that.
You are not always producing max force on every lateral movement. You need quick lateral shuffles, forward, backward and angular movements, but you never really know when you will need any one of those.
So today’s super simple agility drill helps your transition from one movement pattern to another. You will find lateral pushes followed by quick forward, back and angular movements:
This drill can make a nice warm-up drill, speed drill (if you keep the work interval below eight seconds) or even a stamina drill if you let the work interval creep up to the 10- to 20-second range).
Could you add an element of read and react?
Have your training partner, coach, spouse or parent point forward or backward as you are finishing your lateral hops. This will dictate whether you circle the hurdles clockwise or counter-clockwise.
Or you can alternate the single leg lateral hops from side to side until your training partner says “Go” and then when you get to the end, you will circle the hurdles.
Use your imagination. This is just a starting point. You could even add a med ball like I showed you in this earlier article here at InGoal Magazine.
Hockey strength and conditioning coach Maria Mountain, MSc specializes in off-ice training for hockey goalies. As the founder of www.GoalieTrainingPro.com and the owner of Revolution Sport Conditioning in London, Ontario, Maria has trained Olympic Gold medalists, a Stanley Cup Champ and athletes from MLB, NHL, AHL, CHL, CIS and more.
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