One of the best ways to build explosive speed for hockey is to add plyometric exercises to your training program. But you can't just perform any old plyo routine and expect it to yield maximum results. (Discover some off-ice drills that improve skating speed.)
You need to consider your goals and remember that hockey is unique among sports. Hockey players spend most of their time explosively pushing off one leg at a time, rather than jumping off two feet, like basketball players. So the best plyos for hockey involve single-leg jumps.
In addition, hockey players push off to the side when they skate. This requires strong lateral muscles, which are not nearly as active in other sports.
Bottom line: hockey players should select plyos that focus on single-leg and lateral movements. Pick two or three of the following exercises and perform them one or two times per week to increase your skating speed and explosive power. (Learn about skating technique.)
Sets/Reps: 3x10 each leg
Sets/Reps: 3x5 each leg (progress to 3x10)
Sets/Reps: 2-3x5 each direction
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