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Hockey Training Plan: Back | Elite Hockey

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 25, 2016 8:00:57 AM / by Jonathan Lawton

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Today we'll focus on the 3rd of our three group focus for a hockey training plan, the back. Having a strong back is absolutely critical for good hockey position as well as a good hockey stride. In addition to these fundamentals of hockey your back also initiates a lot of the movement in your upper body. So let's jump into three of my favorite exercises for the back.

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Hockey Skills for High School Players: How to Hit | Elite Hockey

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 24, 2016 6:49:34 AM / by Jonathan Lawton

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Hockey Training Plan: Midsection | Elite Hockey

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 21, 2016 5:28:00 PM / by Jonathan Lawton

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This hockey training plan is going to focus on the midsection (our last post focused on legs if you're into that sort of thing.) The midsection plays an absolutely critical role in hockey.  If you don't have a strong core; your shot, posture, agility, skating, and reaction time are all going to suffer. So if your looking to another stong muscle group to focus on besides legs, look no further. Let's jump into a few ideas of exercises that will help you successfully work in your core.

Lift 1: Planks

Planks are a great midsection workout for hockey. They focus on working all of the associated midsection muscles for that area, and train them under constant pressure for an extended period of time. They focus on the muscles working together and strengthen as one to hold a particular pose for an extended period of time.  This exercise is something you should on endurance for, and I suggest a hold time to start of 45 seconds. Look to target 3 sets.

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Hockey Training Plan: Legs | Elite Hockey

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 21, 2016 4:29:46 PM / by Jonathan Lawton

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If you’re following along at home you’ve seen our first article on setting up a hockey training plan, specific to conditioning. And let’s take moment to acknowledge that you’ve finally got your legs back under you. Way to work!

You’ve put in the sweat-equity to keep up with the speed of the game. Now let’s keep going and start turning heads on the ice. We’ll focus this series on some key areas to train, and how to work them for results on the ice. There’s three main areas to give you a great start to increasing your performance; legs, midsection, and back. This section is going to focus on: Legs.

Tell me you didn’t think they were going away, right? Your legs are the most important part of your hockey game. Now that you’ve got them under you again, let’s put some power back in them.

Lift 1: Front Squats

One of the best exercises for legs is a front squat. The movement is centered on technique, and forces you to work many stabilizing muscles in the process. It also works the inside muscles of your thighs, and helps prevent those annoying mid-season groin pulls. This exercise is something you should focus around power, keeping the reps relatively low (5-6) and the set count high (4-5)

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Hockey Skills for High School Players: Safe Hitting | Elite Hockey

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 20, 2016 11:50:02 AM / by Jonathan Lawton

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Everyone remembers when they first start hitting in hockey. It's right around the same time you start to feel like you're really putting hockey together. Suddenly, you begin to discover just how much bigger your opponents are than you. It's like watching a 3D movie without the glasses. Things that used to be routine and easy to do on the ice bring with it a slew of new distractions. Even worse you begin to see your teammates going down with injuries because they're not hitting correctly. This article is going to go over the importance of proper form during hitting, not just for your opponent's safety but for yourself.

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Hockey Training Plan: Conditioning | Elite Hockey

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 19, 2016 9:28:04 PM / by Jonathan Lawton

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When getting back into hockey shape, there’s really no substitute for skating. There is however some things you can do off the ice to shorten the time it takes to, "get your lungs back".  It all starts with a sound hockey training plan.This is going to focus on the main areas you work off the ice to regain conditioning.

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Hockey Training for Adults: Part 2, You eat What? | Elite Hockey

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 18, 2016 2:00:00 PM / by Jonathan Lawton

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Here's the second part to our hockey training for adults series. The first part of this series highlighted steps you probably see yourself doing. The more obvious fixes you know you should be taking to get some quick wins (although not the easiest to say to know to cold beer after a game). This part is going to focus on the more nutritional mistakes you may be making and not realizing. So let's get to it!

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Hockey Skills for High School Players: A Good Stride | Elite Hockey

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 18, 2016 1:46:06 PM / by Jonathan Lawton

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A good stride is one of the most important aspects of any hockey player's game. While you may utilize your stride to fit your specific set of hockey skills and techniques or as we like to call it your player profile, there's key fundamentals that you could find in any player's game. An area we see your stride tend to get "sloppy," tends to be right around the time a player starts hitting. Go figure. There's more things to think about on the ice, specifically not getting put through it by a big bad defenseman. So let's look at essential hockey skills for high school players, a good stride.

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Training a Hockey Player In Massachusetts | Elite Hockey

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 18, 2016 1:36:29 PM / by Jonathan Lawton

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Parents, we all know but the hockey season really doesn't stop when the final Games been played. Your child like it or not now has the disease known as hockey fever and wants to play seven days a week 365 glorious days of the year. But they also have a hunger to get better at this game they love so much. So how do you as parents help them get better in the off season? Between your career, the house, managing bills, and making sure that that same hockey player passes Algebra II, you're fresh out of time. So how else are your future Superstars supposed to develop their hockey skills and techniques? Luckily for you there's summer hockey training camps.

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Hockey Training for Adults: Part 1, Go Home! | Elite Hockey

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 18, 2016 12:09:52 PM / by Jonathan Lawton

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We here at Elite hockey often get asked, what does hockey training for adults look like? While there are specific clinics and camps made for adults there's plenty of things you can do on your own to better your game. We broke this down into two parts. So let’s jump into the first session, getting out of your own way first.

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