As any pro athlete can tell you, what really makes a difference in how far you go is your training. This principle is recognized in the military, which is why training is emphasized so much there. If you know anything about martial arts, you understand how the quality and consistency of training is what determines one’s success. Top martial artists of all schools and styles don’t just practice once in a while, they train for many hours per day. So it is with your hockey training, and you have to simply decide how badly you want to be a good player. You first have to make up your mind that you are going to train as hard as you have to. No matter where you are right now, the right kind of training can take you to a higher level.
All hockey players need to have a powerful slapshot and this can be developed through weight training or body weight training. This shot requires your upper body to be strong, your lats in particular. A variety of exercises, from push-ups to various weight lifting machines can help in this area. But it’s best to include a variety of methods because they will all work your muscles in different ways. You want to be strong and flexible overall, so you don’t want to just isolate a single muscle. You may want to combine exercises that use only your body weight with those that use weights or machines. There’s an important distinction between pure conditioning and working on developing your speed on and off the ice. Your ability to get faster while maintaining your balance and control is a key ingredient that you should be working on. Your training should be split into relevant categories -strength, speed and conditioning, as all of these are crucial in hockey.
Sprinting is a great way to develop speed, especially if you briefly rest after each sprint. Sprinting continuously without breaks isn’t a good way to develop speed. These breaks enable you to get your wind back so you can sprint as fast as you can the next time.
Weight training is very important for all sports, and if you do this for hockey, it must be a specific routine. In essence, your muscles have to be able to absorb lactic acid for anaerobic reasons related to the game. Increasing your muscular endurance is also required. If you can, picture a long-distance runner in your mind.
They have the same needs, but you’ll have a hard time competing if you’re as thin as marathon runners, for example. Anaerobic circuit training is something that you can do. Just complete it at a higher pace to excel. You can build up your endurance, increasing your lean mass, without gaining any extra mass while you work out. Hockey training can help you overcome whatever you are lacking, as long as you believe in yourself. There is a mental aspect, or inner game, that belongs to all sports, and it needs to be addressed as much as anything else. If you think that you can play hockey or any other sport well, without believing in yourself, you are in for a rude awakening. If you don’t believe that you can improve as a player, there is no reason to waste your time.