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10-17-2013, 05:36 PM
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Markham, ON
Training On One Leg
The prevailing opinion in strength and conditioning circles is that hockey players should be doing single leg exercises for both strength and balance.
The rationale for this is that hockey skating places a lot of demands on the stabilizer muscles of the leg as well as the larger power muscles.
I recommend trying the Bulgarian Split Squat (raise back leg on a bench and squat down deep on the front leg). This exercise also hits the hip flexor and glute muscles, which is where a lot of your skating power comes from. Check out Henrik Zetterberg's version of the Split Squat with TRX suspension and kettlebell:
Also perform a hip-dominant exercise such as a Kettlebell Single Leg Deadlift.
The guys I train get results by combining both bilateral (two leg) and single leg exercises. The single leg versions hit more of your "skating" muscles of the hips, glutes, hamstrings and lower leg stabilizers.
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