Skating on a Treadmill?

September 20, 2010

Must See Hockey Videos

Treadmills are great for developing stride technique, speed, power and endurance. The combination of adjustable speed and incline allow for programs to be implemented that target many athletes' needs. For example, a football player trains by running for short intervals at a high speed and elevation to develop explosive speed, while a distance runner runs for longer, high-speed intervals with no elevation.

This fantastic training tool can be used to benefit a broad range of athletes, but hockey players generally miss out, because of the differences between skating and running. Essentially, hockey players can develop their skating ability  only at the rink, right? Wrong—a treadmill exists that you can actually skate on.

Since 1993, Athletic Republic has been at the forefront in pioneering treadmill skating technology with their proprietary hockey treadmill. The belt is made of a lubricated, ice-like surface that allows players to use their hockey skates. It can tilt at a 0- to 32-degree angle and travel at speeds up to 16 mph, opening the door for hockey players to take advantage of proven treadmill training techniques used by athletes in other sports.

Athletic Republic, which has studied the effectiveness of the hockey treadmill, has found that it produces positive benefits. Their website states, “incline treadmill skating recruits key muscles at a level two or three times higher than rink skating at the same stride frequency, which helps you produce more power during each stride, during push-off and recovery."

Although obviously not found at an ordinary gym, hockey treadmills are gaining in popularity because of their clear benefits. Prominent Division I programs, such as the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, have implemented the system into their training routine to give their athletes a competitive edge. Who wouldn’t want a system that gives two to three times more muscle activation than the standard form of training?

If you're unable to try the hockey treadmill any time soon, don't despair—just try other off-ice training exercises. Check out how Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres LW, develops his powerful stride with the Russian Plyo and leg strength for hockey with the Power Step-Up.

Source:  Athletic Republic

Andy Haley
- Andy Haley is the Performance Director at STACK. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Miami...
Andy Haley
- Andy Haley is the Performance Director at STACK. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Miami...
Must See
Drew Brees Will Not Be Denied
Views: 9,261,291
Colin Kaepernick Explains His Ridiculous Socks
Views: 27,429,781
Evan Longoria's Hitting Drills
Views: 9,798,686

Featured Videos

A Day in the Life of NBA D-League Star Seth Curry Views: 66,647
Kevin Love's Cone Hop Basketball Shooting Drill Views: 5,931
Eastbay Path to the Pros Episode 2: Laying the Groundwork Views: 124,090
Load More

Resources

STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be fitter than ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers

Magazine

Latest issues of STACK Magazine

STACK 4W

Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice

Gamer

Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes

News

Find the latest news relevant to athletes

Most Popular Videos

Perfect Dwyane Wade's Signature Euro Step
Views: 1,308,506
What Ryan Hall Eats for Breakfast
Views: 795,206
STACK Fitness Weekly: How To Do a Muscle-Up
Views: 778,488
Greg Nixon's Hill Training Program
Views: 705,633
Roy Hibbert 540 lbs Deadlift
Views: 1,559,831

Load More
More Cool Stuff You'll Like

Short on Workout Equipment? Try These Tips

(workout equipment) My first college strength and conditioning job was at a small Division 2 school with less than 1,000 students. I worked with ten...

You Need These 4 Fitness Training Accessories

Low-Cost Speed Training Gear

12 Must-Have Items in the Athlete's Gym Bag

Spend Less, Get Stronger

Push-Up Equipment That Works

Weight Room Debate: Should You Wear Lifting Gloves?

Nike+ FuelBand Tracks Your Everyday Activity

Mayfield Wildcats Get a New Training Home

3 Specialty Barbells That Build Strength and Size

Basketball Workout: Vary Your Equipment

Previewing the Armour39

New Cirrus Yoga Mats Let You Show Team Spirit

The Most Overrated Equipment in the Gym

Under Armour's Armour39 Helps Athletes Get Better

Fitbit Surge vs. Charge HR: Which One Is Right for You?

Short on Workout Equipment? Try These Tips, Part 3

A Better Foam Roller: the enso Roller by EvoFit, Reviewed

The Best Workout You're Not Doing

Show Your Team Pride With a Cirrus Stability Ball

Best Baseball Equipment for Pitchers

One Piece of Home Exercise Equipment Every Athlete Needs

Common Lifting Accessories and What They Do For You

A Simple Home Gym Setup and Workout

A Field Guide to Weird Looking Weightlifting Bars

Guide to Training on Different Surfaces

Spark Motion Takes Baseball Training to the Next Level

Previewing the New Fitbit Flex

8 Training Innovations Shaping the Future of Fitness

Your High School Weight Room Is Inadequate

VertiMax CEO Mike Wehrell on Life After Football

The Best Home Exercise Equipment For Under $200

17 Insanely Expensive College Athletic Training Facilities

5 Fitness Trackers That Are Worth the Money

3 Pieces of Inexpensive, Effective Football Training Equipment

6 Ways to a Better High School Weight Room

5 New Game-Changing Fitness Inventions

Improve Your Batting Average With a One-Handed Bat

Fitbit Force: They Got it Right

Battle-Tested Workout Equipment You Can Make Yourself

Training Tool: SKLZ Recoil 360

Short on Workout Equipment? Try These Tips, Part 2

Embrace Contact in Basketball With This Tool

Pros and Cons of Using a Weightlifting Belt