Confidence on the ice

How Training Builds Confidence on the Ice

How Training Builds Confidence on the Ice


Confidence can seem like it comes out of nowhere sometimes, but it’s usually a combination of proper preparation and putting in the work!  Getting stronger physically can obviously have huge effect but also mentally how a player perceives himself can sometimes be the biggest thing holding them back. We’ll breakdown where a player can build their confidence the most to truly start unleashing their potential!

Mental Fortitude

Many times we hold our selves back because mentally we don’t believe in ourselves or we think the other team or player is bigger, stronger and faster than us but sometimes this is just a mental block. We’ve seen kids confidence skyrocket after just a few sessions! Although you could gain some strength and skill in that time that’s definitely more of a mental boost of confidence! This could be a one time mental confidence boost, but consistently training will keep your confidence high knowing that your are primed and ready to take on any situation no matter the circumstances!

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The ability to find comfort in the uncomfortable is everything! And that is what we look to instill in all our athletes through our training. We don’t encourage wearing a hoodie for nothing! The battle you have to go through of being uncomfortable while wearing a hoodie in the heat of the summer while pushing through a workout is like non other! Safety is always number 1 when wearing a hoodie in our training program but the mental grit and confidence that comes from being battle tested through training with a hoodie on truly prepares you for the really tough situations! There is just something different about being battle tested like our athletes are that prepares you take on any game situation with poise and strength knowing you can conquer and crush it!

Strength and Physical Readiness

This is an obvious one but through a proper training program you build strength, speed and the ability for your body to endure more for longer! When improving your body’s well being, a sense of increased confidence definitely starts to show. Increasing all of these attributes among others help you feel ready to take on anything in the game. When your body feels strong and ready, you feel ready! This leads to a sustained increase in confidence and a huge increase in overall performance!

If you’re looking to skyrocket your confidence and take your game to the elite level start to really focus on and incorporate these aspects into your off-season program! We are always here if you need any help or guidance on how to create a better off-season program so you know you’re getting the most out of it!

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Written by: 

Rob Jost ACE-CPT, NSCA-CPT

 

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Top 3 Ways to Improve Hockey Stride Performance

Top 3 Ways to Improve Hockey Stride Performance

The off-season is here and it’s time to start training for next year! Hockey stride performance is always at the top of the mind of every parent and kid at season end. “How do I improve my stride?” How do I get faster?” We’re here to help answer those questions and be as efficient as possible in your training program focus. So you can maximize those off-season hockey stride gainz!

 

Hockey Stride Tip 1:  Ankle Mobility

Ankle mobility is one of the most under rated yet important aspects of improving your stride speed, power and performance! Coaches always say GET LOW! And they’re correct…but what might not be understood is a lot of getting low is bout ankle mobility!  Without the ability to dorsiflex or bend your ankle forward efficiently, how low you can get into your stride will be greatly limited. Here are a couple pictures to show the difference ankle mobility makes in getting lower in your stride and the effect it has on the whole body posture while skating.

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Poor Stride form, limited ankle mobility

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Skating stride with proper ankle mobility

Hockey Stride Tip 2:  Ankle, Knee, Hip Alignment

Proper alignment is everything when it comes to creating more power and overall speed in your skate stride! Without aligning the three main joints of the lower body (ankle, knee, hip) your ability to produce power and speed will be greatly reduced. You can’t produce force effieciently off an unstable foundation. If the joints are aligned strongly the body can produce great force and power leading to increased speed and performance of your stride! Checck out the pictures below for proper ankle, knee and hip alignment.

 

Skate stride alignment

Poor Alignment of Ankle, Knee, Hip

 

Skate stride alignment

Proper alignment of ankle, knee, hip

Hockey Stride Tip 3: Hip Extension

Maximizing your hip extension is the ultimate when it comes to improving stride efficiency and power output! If each stride has a bigger pushoff and extension of the hip this leads to less strides needed. This will lead to better skating efficiency. Better skating efficiency will lead to increased stamina to last through the 3rd period and keep the body fresher through the long season! Here are some pics to show efficient hip extension.

 

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Poor Hip Extension in your stride

 

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Skating stride with proper hip extension

 

Now you know what to focus on in your stride mechanics and positioning to maximize your performance this off-season! If you still have questions or are not sure how to add these things into your program, don’t hesitate to reach out! We’ d love to answer any questions you have or invite you in for a complimentary movement assessment to truly help you…

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Written By:

Rob Jost ACE-CPT, NSCA-CPT

 

Suggested Article: Top 3 Off-Season Mistakes to Avoid

 

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