March 2016

March 2016 Program:

At this point, training for our youth teams is officially over as most have wrapped up their seasons or are in the final stretch of playoffs. At this time of year, I typically recommend that players take 2-3 weeks off from any type of formal training. Any physical downside in the form of detraining is inconsequential relative to the psychological recharge that a few weeks away from hockey and formal training can deliver.

Youth players that have just wrapped up a fairly reasonable game schedule (e.g. less than 60 games) and/or that have tryouts in a few weeks can err on the side of less rest (e.g. just 1-2 weeks) so they don’t decondition heading into tryouts. Those that just finished playing a heavy game schedule should take more time off. If you have tryouts, you can break up your rest so you take 2 weeks completely off post-season, then two more completely off post tryouts.

For those of you that are still playing, I’ve posted the final phase of our Junior team program. This phase is pretty low volume, and puts an emphasis on speed/power.

If you’re a junior or college player and still have a significant chunk of your season left, you can complete this phase, then backtrack through the junior programs I’ve posted in previous months and cycle back through Phase 4-6 (I’ve reposted the January and February programs in the navigation bar, under “Insider Programs”) with 6 being around playoff time. As a general statement, Phases 4&5 are strength and power driven, whereas Phase 6 allows these qualities to maintained while lowering the volume to minimize off-ice training fatigue.

Enjoy!

Get the programs here:

  1. Junior Team: In-Season Phase 6

*If you don’t have equipment referenced in these programs, use Ultimate Hockey Training to guide you in making substitutions. If you’re still stuck, I’d encourage you to post your question to my Facebook Page here: Ultimate Hockey Training

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