Anyone can play ice hockey by learning to perform the skills of the game...but you can only play at your peak performance if you get in shape. If you want the power to move quickly and the stamina for sustained hard skating, you must condition the muscles and cardiovascular system to build strength, power, and endurance. This book takes you to that peak level with a year-round physical conditioning plan specifically for hockey.
52-Week Hockey Training is a day-by-day conditioning program that will get your team in shape for more powerful skating and shooting. It’s a complete schedule for hockey fitness. The book is coauthored by an exercise physiologist and a former professional ice hockey player with more than 25 years of coaching experience—including stints with the Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, and Ottawa Senators organizations. 52-Week Hockey Training teaches the essential components of fitness as they relate to improved hockey performance.
The 52-Week Hockey Training program is incredibly easy to implement. It gives you detailed workouts with specific exercises and drills, and it tells you exactly when to perform them. The book divides the calendar into four primary phases of training:
• Preseason • In-season • Postseason • Off-season
Each season reflects a change in priorities as the hockey year progresses. The easy-to-follow layout clearly presents the goals and emphases for each season, and it outlines daily on-ice and off-ice conditioning workouts for every season.
The book explains how to perform all of the drills and exercises included in the workouts, with detailed descriptions and 160 photos and illustrations to show the proper form and technique. You’ll find drills and exercises designed to improve flexibility, muscle strength and endurance, aerobic endurance, speed, and power and quickness. An exercise directory at the back of the book makes it easy to find any of the exercises used in the book.
The book includes alternate exercises that you can use to add variety to your program, to work on specific weaknesses, to work out when ice is not available, or to take advantage of special equipment. It also lays out specific conditioning goals for players by position.
The 52-Week Hockey Training program has everything that high-performance athletes need to get in shape—and stay in shape—for top-level hockey. It’s an all-in-one, ready-to-go, full-season training guide to get your players in peak form for the competitive season.
Part I Year-Round Hockey Training Plan Chapter 1 Off-Season Workouts Chapter 2 Preseason Workouts Chapter 3 In-Season Workouts Chapter 4 Postseason Workouts
Part II Exercises and Alternates Chapter 5 Flexibility Chapter 6 Muscle Strength and Endurance Chapter 7 Aerobic Endurance Chapter 8 Speed Chapter 9 Power and Quickness
Don MacAdam is head coach and director of hockey operations for the Charlotte Checkers. A former professional ice hockey player himself, MacAdam has more than 25 years of coaching experience at various elite levels, including teams in the National Hockey League (Detroit Red Wings), the American Hockey League (Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators Farm Teams), the IHL (Milwaukee Admirals), Major Junior(500 Greyhounds), and the Japan Ice Hockey League (the Nippon Paper Cranes), as well as several minor-league teams. He has also served as a consultant with Canada’s world championship team, evaluating NHL players as candidates for Team Canada and coaching the team during the Bauer Cup.
MacAdam is the coauthor of three previous hockey conditioning books: The Hockey Conditioning Handbook, How to Make the Best Use of Your Ice Time, and Hockey Fitness: Year-Round Conditioning On and Off the Ice. With a special focus on conditioning for the sport, he lectures at hockey clinics throughout Canada and the United States.
MacAdam earned his master’s degree in physical education from the University of New Brunswick. He currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. His interests include home renovation, carpentry, reading, biking, hiking, and playing golf.
Gail Reynolds is an exercise physiologist who has been developing training programs for amateur and elite hockey players and teams over the past 22 years, including NHL stars. A former professor of exercise physiology at the University of New Brunswick, she currently runs her own fitness consulting company.
A member of the committee that developed Canada’s coaching certification program, Reynolds has also spoken at several Canadian Amateur Hockey Association Level 4 and 5 clinics and lectured at the York symposium for elite coaches. Her articles have appeared in Coaching Review and the Journal of Applied Physiology.
Reynolds earned her master’s degree in physical education from the University of Western Ontario, where she specialized in exercise physiology and psychology. She lives in Ingersoll, Ontario, where she enjoys hiking with her dogs, writing sports fiction, and renovating and landscaping her home.
”This is a great reference for helping both a player and a coach design an effective fitness program that meets the specific demands of playing hockey.” Dave King Head Coach – Columbus Blue Jackets