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05-09-2008, 03:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Dangelo37 View Post
Next year I will be playing against 16, 17, and 18 year olds, and I am 15. Many of these people will be like 6 feet, while I am 5 foot 4. Besides hoping I grow, what is the best way to get stronger this off-season? What muscles are the most important for me to build? What exercises are the best to build those important mucles?
For hockey your core (abdominals) and quads (legs) are crucial. Focus on them not so much to improve your speed, but to be a stronger skater the way Crosby is.

Since you'll be with guys bigger than you, better build up your upper body strength as well. Focus on Deltoids to give you stronger shoulders. Arms, don't focus on too much because you don't want to lose flexibility, but hit your pectorials (chest) as well.

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