I just wanted to know if anybody knew any specific workouts/exercises to help you skate faster.
I play hockey, and it's the offseason right now. I wanted to come back next season a lot faster. Thanks.
Thread: Workouts to help skate faster?
05-01-2010, 11:44 AM #1
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You should be doing something like 3 sets of 3 reps or 3 sets of 5 reps. Go as heavy as you can, with good form obviously, and you will make much more progress. Seeing as skating relies on a unique movement, I believe lunges, bulgarian split squats, and other one leg movements would also work well. For these exercises use something like 3 sets of 8 reps PER LEG. Also throw in cossack squats.
Here is a sample Max Effort day.
Bulgarian Split Squats or Lunges (or lunge variation)
3 sets of 8 per leg
3 sets of 10 (lighter weight)
Weighted Abs Exercise
4 sets of 15 (strong abdominals are always important)
ALSO: as someone else stated, it would be good to have an explosive plyometric exercise in your workout plan too.
I love box jumps for explosive power.
You could have them in a different day or like this:
8:00 AM: Dynamic Effort Lower (Plyos etc)
5:00 PM: Max Effort Lower (Heavy Squats)
I like doing mine on seperate days though.
Dynamic Effort Day
8 sets of 3 reps for high box jumps
Supplemental Exercises: 3-4 sets of 8-10 reps.
Weighted Step Ups
Glute Ham Raises (very good exercise!!!)
And if you have access to a rink...skate at least 2 times a week working on getting faster. (I'm not a real expert...in fact I know nothing about hockey. Haha.)
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Best bet is take a couple power skating lessons. Even the pro's do this regularly.
Having an expert examine your take off, acceleration phase and stride will pay big dividends.
Most people don't get the concept that we don't often sprint end to end, those guys that are fast are actually quick accelerators. They change direction and get back to full speed faster than you do.
Yes you need strength but you also need explosiveness and flexibility. Many players over look this last bit. Watch the really strong skaters, you'll see that they are able to accelerate from traffic even while off balance. This is flexibility coming into play. They get their skates properly edged and pointed the right direction even off balance. Then their leg strength takes over and they're gone while you look around going WTF?!
Most of our time is spent with all or most of our weight on one leg. Bulgarian squats and one legged giant hops are great exercises for this strength.
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