No Windmill Saves Unless You Can Do THIS Shoulder Exercise
Over the last four months I have noticed a trend in goalies like you. It is not at all uncommon in “regular” athletes, but for hockey goalies it is unacceptable.
You need to have all the ingredients that typically constitutes “athleticism” plus you need to mobility of an acrobat at times.
That’s what the best athletes who play the toughest position in the toughest sport on earth need to do anyway.
So you might look at this as another one of Maria’s silly little exercises that looks so simple in the video and then I am going to try it and find that I can’t do it at all (well, I can do it if I cheat a little) … and you would be right.
So, let’s get it over with. Give this a try right now and then come back to read the last bit.
Start with five on each side for a three-second hold:
Why is that important?
It is important because you need that mobility to help you make glove saves from any position in your net, butterfly, falling forward, swimming on your belly in the blue paint (don’t worry, it happens).
It is important because having shoulder mobility will take strain of your lower back because you will not have to rely on back extension as much to reach overhead (that goes for on the ice and off the ice).
This exercise helps not only improve your movement, but it also strengthens your shoulder stabilizers (posterior deltoid and lower traps), which helps maintain your shoulder health.
That’s it for today – catch you next time.
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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