Resistance Training – 101

When athletes hear or talk about resistance training, they typically think of lifting weights and other traditional strength training exercises. However, resistance training doesn’t need to aggressively overload a specific muscle group. Rather, resistance training is best when it’s performed with a lighter load and the athlete can still perform athletic movements as naturally as…

Are You Maximizing Your Explosive Power?

A plyometric motion is defined as a quick, explosive eccentric and concentric contraction of a given muscle. For example, when an athlete jumps, the plyometric motion includes an eccentric (stretching) contraction of the athletes gastrocnemius (calf), a quick amortization phase (time of stretch to concentric contraction), and a rapid concentric contraction. The time it takes…

Strength Training & Hockey: How to Increase Your Speed!

Regardless of the sport that you play, strength, speed and power are variables that should be included in any well rounded training regimen. For today’s article, the focus will be on strength and power training, and the role it plays in developing skating speed for hockey athletes. When hockey athletes start training in our facility,…

Don’t Forget Your Hammies!

The Importance of Hamstring Strength for Sprinting When you think of sprinting, the only time hamstrings really come to mind are when you feel tight or feel a strain/injury occur. However, hamstring strength is crucial to not only preventing injury, but improving speed as well. Research by Yusaku et al. has shown that the majority…

Importance of Training Frequency

Have you ever heard the sayings, “If you want to be good at something, do it every day”, or “Less is more”? These are two contradictory ideas, right? What if I told you both were right? There’s an infinite amount of ways to train your body depending on the goal that you wish to achieve….

Benefits of Incline Treadmill Training 

There is an ongoing debate regarding the benefit and practicality of training on incline treadmills for the purpose of speed development for running or skating. This is highly debated due to the belief of the treadmill doing the work for you.  However, in order to stay on the treadmill, the athlete needs to produce enough…