Ice Hockey Workout
Ice hockey is a sport which requires a tremendous amount of coordination, strength, and endurance. Incorporating multi directional drills into ice hockey workouts will help hockey players build the speed and agility skills necessary to be successful.
The use of Kbands Leg Resistance Bands during ice hockey workouts will help athletes to build up strength and endurance in their thighs and hips. This muscle endurance is necessary for athletes to successfully use their speed and agility deep into an ice hockey match. Additional upper body strengthening with the KB Duo or KB Powerbands and hand eye coordination drills will also help ice hockey players have greater success during competitive ice hockey.
Quick And Agile Hockey Players
The Kbands Hockey Workout Circuit is a dynamic hockey workout which incorporates resisted multi directional movements to help hockey players build speed, agility, strength, and endurance in their lower body.
To begin the Hockey Workout Circuit athletes will need a set of Kbands Leg Resistance Bands, 3 Speed and Agility Cones, and a box, platform, or flat solid object which can be placed at a 45 degree angle. Athletes will securely attach the Kbands Leg Resistance Bands just above the knees and place the Speed and Agility Cones at five yard increments (5, 10, and 15 yards) moving away from the 45 degree angled object.
Athletes will begin the Hockey Workout Circuit by standing 2-4 yards from the angled object and laterally jumping off their outside leg, landing in a lunge position then exploding off the box and landing on the hockey players outside leg. Athletes will perform 2 of these lateral lunge jumps. After both lateral jumps have been completed and the hockey player is back on the ground they will immediately perform a 10 yard sprint out. After reaching the middle Speed and Agility Cone the hockey player will turn their hips and laterally shuffle back 5 yards to the first Speed and Agility Cone. After reaching the first Speed and Agility Cone hockey players will turn and sprint 10 yards through the end of the ice hockey workout.
As athletes move through the lateral jumps, sprints, and shuffles it is important they use their upper body as much as their lower body. An active upper body, especially for hockey players, is advantageous for the body to create the most speed and power during hockey workouts and competitive ice hockey. Athletes need to powerfully swing their arms as they jump side to side, as well as actively pump and move the arms as the sprints and lateral shuffles are being performed.
Complete 8-10 resisted rounds of the ice hockey workout, alternating which way the athlete shuffles. After all resisted rounds are finished athletes will remove the Kbands Leg Resistance Bands and perform 2 additional unresisted rounds of the ice hockey workout.
Ice Hockey Workout Circuit
The Kbands Hockey Workout Circuit exercise above is a great way to warm up or start a hockey workout circuit. The lateral hops, sprints, and lateral shuffles will allow the hips to move in all directions, raise the heart rate, and work on accelerating and decelerating the body. All of these components make this exercise a great way to start any hockey workout circuit.
After completing the Kbands Hockey Workout Circuit athletes should move into additional speed, strength, and endurance exercises. If athletes are performing their hockey workout in a team or group setting then athletes can include the hockey workout exercise into a hockey circuit where athletes complete one exercise and immediately move into a different hockey exercise followed by several more exercises.
Ice hockey exercises that follow the KBands Hockey Workout should be performed at different intensities, speeds, and tempos. For example, an athlete may want to follow up the above Kbands Hockey Workout with a strength training or core strengthening drill to change tempos and intensities. This change in tempo and intensity will force the body to improve an important ice hockey skill, strength endurance.
Throughout an entire ice hockey game ice hockey players are using their bodies, and tremendous amounts of strength and energy, to fight for position with an opposing hockey player. Building this strength endurance, speed, and core stability will allow ice hockey players to continue to be a physical ice hockey player late into games. This added strength endurance could help a hockey player win a game by making a great defensive play, or stealing the puck late in the contest.
Ice Hockey Strength Endurance With Kbands Leg Resistance Bands
The use of Kbands Leg Resistance Bands with any athletic drill will help to greatly strengthen the hip flexors, core, and thighs. The strengthening of these key areas creates a unique athletic advantage for all athletes who use the Kbands Leg Resistance Bands during training. Not only do athletes gain strength but additional speed can also be enhanced by performing unresisted sets of the resistance band training drills. The combination of strength and speed is power and that is exactly what athletes will develop when using the Kbands Leg Resistance Bands with any speed and agility drills or in a circuit.
Athletes of any sport can go to the Training Section and learn more about the advantages of using Kbands Leg Resistance Bands during hockey workouts, soccer training, or football drills. Athletes can also go to the Shop Section to view the different levels of resistance that can be used with the Kbands Leg Resistance Bands. Knowing the different resistance levels will help athletes decide which level of resistance will give them the best results.