If you are playing hockey, one of the important things you need to remember is that this game requires speed, skating ability, passing, vision and shooting. These are the skills and abilities you need to be proficient at; and you can improve your skills by performing appropriate drills and training exercises. There are exercises to help condition your body, and there are also those that will improve you as a hockey player.
In performing hockey drills and exercises, one essential guideline to keep in mind is to correctly perform an exercise that is appropriate for you. If you are a younger hockey player, it may not be good to perform exercises meant for adult players because of the possibility of getting injured. Make sure that you first consult with an expert such as a trainer or your coach to help determine the suitability of your drills.
Strength and Conditioning. An exercise program may include about 2-3 different exercises every time. There are endless ways of creating variations with an exercise program. One example is to perform lunging with a weight and then pull-ups. An improvised tool for strength and conditioning is a weighted sled. Drag the sled forwards, backwards and also sideways.
Core Movement Training. If you have low-back pain, you will do well by avoiding training your body for appropriate movement. If you want dynamic strength, however, it is a must that you train your core. Core movement is excellently shown when a player does a slap shot. To perform this shot perfectly, the player should have enough core movement to suitably generate a torque. This torque is in turn extremely relayed so that power may be created. Eventually, the created power will be released to the stick down to the puck in order to produce velocity. The player needs a core power suitable in creating the initial torque. Also, the torque also requires that the shoulder and the back are strong and stabilized. When a player trains his core to move, the strength of the lower back area is stabilized and the dynamic power likewise improves.
Off-ice training. This is especially useful during the off-season. A player may sprint in order to deal with various imbalances brought about by skating. The player may concentrate on doing short sprints during off-season.
Lower Body Movement. You can correct muscular imbalances also by performing full-range movement training. Skating puts a lot of stress in the legs due to partial motion range. These imbalances, if corrected, will help make a player’s knee joints a lot healthier, Skating power will also be improved.
Speed Skater Single leg Squats. Perform this exercise as you do a normal single leg squat, but with your back leg on elevation. This elevation will add half rep during the movement course. The knee should be lowered on the floor, and then raised up halfway. When halfway up, lower the knee back to the floor again and start going up.