The first hurdle was submitting and being approved for my content proposal, then comes the dread of "will anyone show up?" After a group of around 25-30 showed up, then starts the micromanaging in the moment. Self-censoring things that I wanted to say or do, for fear of sounding stupid. Trying to guess what the group wanted to hear. Imposter syndrome is real, put yourself out there anyways!
Anticipation > Vision
Remind athletes and coaches to focus on what's important and tune out all of the noise. We are constantly inundated by this and that new gadget which claims to help our vision, or reaction, or make our feet faster, or our recovery better. The problem is much of what we are being sold on is unproved, invalid or outright dubious.
Do Work. No Ego.
"DO WORK. NO EGO" This is written on the board in the gym. A reminder that we all are there for a purpose and that purpose has nothing to do with making others feel inadequate, or comparing our progress to others. Applying this mindset to our training environment allows us to recognize strengths and weaknesses freely, as a way to improve collectively,
Common Mistakes in Olympic Lifting With Hockey Players: Part 3 “Starfish”
The third tell tale sign that a clean or snatch needs some attention is through excessive lateral displacement of the feet during the catch. Or as I like to call it, the Starfish.
Knowledge Without the Right Tools
For coaches this means going beyond the textbooks. Beyond the blogs. Beyond the YouTube and Instagram videos. This is understanding the practical implications of what you've learned in theory about periodization, energy systems, force production, etc., and how to best adapt and apply it for the benefit of the athlete. Want your athletes to Olympic Lift? Go learn HOW to properly execute and coach the lifts. Want to incorporate sprinting into your programming?
Happy Hockey Hips
Do to the aggressive and repetitive nature of the skating stride, and the specific mechanics, hockey players are especially prone to issues with their hips and groin. But never fear, I've got three steps for you to ensure you have Happy Hockey Hips!
Should Youth Hockey Players Focus on Body Fat %?
No! Check back with CoachJVi……. Haha just kidding, but not really. But, Ya let’s talk about that: Here is a secret. I don’t test BF% with the athletes I work with. I HAVE tested, when there is an inquiry from outside stakeholders (team coaches, S&C’s). However, I ensure that the process is understood by the … Continue reading Should Youth Hockey Players Focus on Body Fat %?
In-Season Training For Hockey Part 4: Why I Dislike ‘Dry Land’
While I applaud the parents, players and coaches for acknowledging work done outside of the confines of the ice surface has an impact on the overall quality of their teams play; I wish the term 'dry land' would be removed from the hockey vocabulary.
Common Mistakes With Olympic Lifting for Hockey Players: Part 2 “The Jump”
Olympic lifts are great for developing lower body power. Many athletes will lose a large part of this opportunity to develop the lower body drive by never fully extending the hips and basically jumping from the ankle and then pulling with the upper body, never 'getting out of' their hips.
Tuesday Thought: Consistency
Athletes, are you taking responsibility for your own development, or are you relying on external factors? What tools and processes have you put in place to make sure your are maximizing you performance and recovery?
Common Mistakes Made in the Olympic Lifts (and why your hockey players hate them!) Part 1
The number one complaint I hear from hockey players and coaches regarding the clean is, "we/I don't do them cause they hurt your wrists." This is the by-product of a poor upper body catching mechanics, which leaves the elbows down at the sides, and places the full momentum of the bar down onto a flexed wrist.
Too Young to Train?
"It'll stunt their growth," "only do bodyweight," "they will get hurt!" Ultimately whether or not to incorporate traditional 'resistance' training depends on the individuals emotional maturity, NOT biology.
Women in Sport: My Message to Men
My contention is this: why is it ok, even encouraged for men to pursue sport with every fiber, regardless of the toll on their body, scars, weight gain, injury; but women are only expected to do so as long as they remain "feminine"?