The Little Movements Add Up
The big movements are sexy, right?
I can’t tell you how many emails I have had in the last week asking me for an exercise to them make that crazy knee down flying kick save that Jonathan Quick made last week. That was crazy, right?
In 100 years of the NHL we have pretty much seen that save once, so should it really be the focus of your training?
Let’s just look at the last five years now.
How many times has a goalie had to make a small movement with one pad down and one pad up (like a VH or RVH position)? Probably about a million times right?
So let’s focus on some of those, it will give you more bang for your buck.
A lot of what you do is small range, sub max, repeated movements and they add up, they will burn your legs up if you aren’t prepared.
Making a big full range movement is one thing, performing a static hold is another and doing small end range movements is an animal you have probably never thought of before… until today.
So here is what I mean – I made a video for you…
…and you can for sure add resistance to the exercise, but you better be getting at least 12 reps per 10 second interval (with good form) before you even think of increasing your resistance.
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.
You can get a FREE 14-Day Flexibility program for goalies HERE! and be sure to also check out Maria’s Shutout Academy, which features a semi-private online coaching element, and the goalie-specific programs that are created on an on-going basis each month.