Best Off season Exercises
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07-04-2009, 10:31 AM
Join Date: Oct 2006
I guess I posted it in the wrong thread:
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If you really want to be explosive on the ice and have a significant edge on everyone. Two things are essential:
1) Olympic lifts: Get a coach and learn the snatch and clean and jerk properly. Around where I live, it costs about 100$ for a year to join an Olympic lifting club.
2) Plyometrics: Combine this with olympic lifting and you'll see phenomenal speed gains.
I also agree with the Tabatas, you can improve both your anaerobic and aerobic capacity by 15% and more by doing as little as a 4min HIIT session at the end of your workouts.
Personally, I do squat jumps, plyo pushups, ball throws, 45lbs barbell snatch, 100 pound powercleans, 45lbs bar push presses, squats and pull. Honestly, the possibilities are endless. Just make sure you feel like you want to die at the end . Kill two birds with one stone and do your plyometrics as a HIIT routine.
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FYI, Tabata is HIIT, just the rounds, work time, and rest time are set by someone else.
From what I remember:
1 - 5 reps = Strength
8 - 12 reps = Hypertrophy (size)
+12 reps = Endurance
3 sets should be fine.
So pick an exercise from each of the following categories:
Upperbody Horizontal pushing (e.g.: bench press, pushup, dips)
Upperbody Horizontal pulling (e.g.: rows, bodyweight or with weight)
Upperbody Vertical pushing (e.g.: handstand pushups, pike pushups, divebomber pushups)
Upperbody Vertical pulling (e.g.: pullups, chinups)
Lowerbody (e.g.: squats, lunges, stepups)
Yes, Tabata is HIIT, but I'll push the categories a bit further:
Instead of doing lowerbody, seperate into two categories:
1. Knee dominant exercises: back squat, front squat[king of lower body exercises], one leg squat[king of unilateral exercises], lunges, overhead squats, deadlift.
2. Hip Dominant exercises: Romanian deadlifts, back extensions, good mornings.
Knee dominants would be combined with a push workout. Hip dominants with a pull workout. Do one or the other every workout. Both if you're on a 3 day split.
Make sure you practice both unilaterally and bilaterally, espiaclly usefull for hockey. That means doing things like forward lunges, one leg deadlifts, one leg good mornings, one leg squats.
Same for the horizontal and vertical push/pulling.
For core work:
A superset of rotational exercises (corkscrew, russian twists) and stabilisation exercises (bridge, 2-3 point plank, dynanmic bridging).
This is also essential, I do them everyworkout and my abs are becoming hard as steel.
You can also combine your exercises with others.
For example, say you do a set of 10 reps of front squats(obviously 10 reps to failure everytime, if you're not lowering the weight at your 4th set, you're doing it wrong), you can combine that with 10 ice skater jumps.
You can also combine a bench press with a ball throw or plyometric push up. Don't go overboard though or you'll overtrain.
Do this routine in less than 55 mins 4 days a week and you'll be by far the fittest athlete on your team.
To elaborate, you could be doing this:
Warmup: use a 45lbs barbell: deadlift, then clean, then push press, then front squat, 10-20 reps of each until you feel good.
Explosive exercise: powerclean
Knee Dominant(bilateral): Front squats
Horizontal push(unilateral): Dumbell bench press
Vertical push(bilateral): Push press
Core: russian twists+plank
Tabata: squat jumps
do this under 1 hour if you can. Superset if you have to.
Basically you'd do this workout day 1, day 3 you'd change the unilaterals for bilaterals. Day 2 and day 4 you'd do hip dominants and pulling instead, making the same bilateral and unilateral switches.
For skills, why not get the Kovalev DVD?
-Keep starches(pasta, potato, bread) for breakfast and post-workout. If you eat starches, try to eat whole grains like oats, barley, whole wheat/grain pasta/bread.
-Eat protein everymeal.
-Eat fruits and vegetables throughout the day.
-Eat good fat: flax, salmon, tuna, peanut butter, olive oil(extra virgin)
-Eat 6 to 8 meals a day.
-Have a post-workout shake of carbs+protein, 2:1 ratio can be okay, or just drink chocolate milk.
-Biggest meals are breakfast and post-workout.
-Avoir eating a fat+carb meal. Try to keep it as a carb+protein or fat+protein meal.
-Avoir alcohol, coffee and all that crap.
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