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09-09-2012, 06:51 AM
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Drexel Hill PA
I'm going to have to disagree with stretching before you warm up. Especially static stretching. Stretch after workouts, not before.
Speed is leg strength/power to weight ratio, flexibility/stride length, foot speed, anaerobic capacity, and skating technique.
Before you get into advanced hockey specific foot speed drills get yourself a good base
1) Build muscle/strength-squats, lunges, deadlifts, calf raise, hamstring curls.
2)Lose body fat if you need to- it's slowing you down
3) Get flexible- will facilitate a longer stride and prevent injury
4) Get your anaerobic(sprints) and aerobic fitness(20-45min sustained jog etc.)
Once you get your base fitness in order I would progress to foot speed drills, plyometrics, speed and agility drills, take a powerskating class.
Without being strong, flexible, and having a cardiovascular system that can adequately supply the oxygen to your muscles you'll never be fast, skating technique.
Don't underestimate fitness. Hockey is an athletic sport. The best athletes will eventually become the best players.
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