Goalie Training: Add Lower Body Strength, Stability
It has been a while since I have given you a new lower body strength exercise.
In fact, the last time I gave you my Top 3 Lower Body Exercises for goalies and that was way back in March – you can still find those exercises HERE.
Today I am going to give you one of my favourite off-ice goalie training exercises and two ways to do it.
It is the squat lateral, but today you will see how you can increase the challenge by using a towel or if you are a fan of the TRX, I will show you how to use that as well.
Remember to keep your weight over the foot that is in contact with the floor. You will not shift your hips as you perform the dynamic squat lateral, as that will be very, very stressful on your groins.
Start with your bodyweight and then add some resistance – it is harder than it looks.
The benefits of this exercise is the strength you can develop in your leg while maintaining a stable hip position – so strength and stability in the “working leg,” and the lengthening of the adductors on the “gliding” leg, which is how you develop mobility.
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!