Olympic Lifting, or Weightlifting, refers specifically to the disciplines of the Snatch and Clean and Jerk. These movements are highly technical and the ultimate expression of power! DISCLAIMER: First things first. Coaches, if you don't know how to perform and coach the lifts, DON'T! There are plenty of other ways to program for power development. … Continue reading Olympic Lifting For Hockey: Why I teach the catch
Know Your Role: The 4 Jobs of the Strength and Conditioning Coach
As the beginning of another hockey off-season is here, and all of the athletes are returning to regular training; I find myself speaking with potential new clients (athlete and parents). Usually that conversation starts with me asking, "what is it I can do for you?"
Is What You Said, What They Heard?
In every interaction there is what was said and what was heard; and they aren't always they same thing. Who's job is it to make sure that communication and understanding mesh?
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!
Supplements: A Moral Dilemma
Ask yourself, “why do supplement companies create strategic partnerships?” The answer is just like any other product, to increase visibility within and association to, favourable market sectors.
3 Ways Train Like an Athlete is False; and 3 Ways It’s True!
As cool as it may sound to train like [insert athlete name here], the reality is, its just not true and furthermore, for general health and wellness, not necessary.
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.
In Season Training For Hockey Part 3: ‘Conditioning,’ Prioritize Strength
How do I improve ‘conditioning’ with my hockey players? I aim to maintain or improve their lower body strength/power/isometric capabilities and emphasize recovery! By improving strength, we decrease the overall work % needed to perform a certain task.
The ABC’s of Coaching: How teaching kindergarten made me a better S&C coach – pt. 2
I explored the parallels between my time working as a kindergarten teach and my dream job that I now possess, working as a Strength and Conditioning coach.