While no one knows if there will be an NHL season this year, hockey players need to be ready. It's important to choose the right pre-season workouts, or you could leave yourself at a serious disadvantage.
At this time of year, hockey players should be finishing their off-season training and beginning their pre-season workouts. The primary goal of pre-season workouts is to maintain off-season strength gains without excessive fatigue, injury or overtraining. (Learn more about overtraining.)
This is also the time to start getting into game shape, so you can skate for a full shift without losing quickness, shot speed or checking power.
Below are three pre-season hockey workouts that will prepare you for the start of your season. It's best to use a rep range of eight to 10 to begin building muscle endurance and conditioning.
- Dumbbell Bench Press - 4x8
- Overhead Med Ball Slams - 4x10
- Wide-Grip Lat Pulldowns - 3x10
- Dips - 3xmax
- Med Ball Russian Twists - 3x15
- Barbell Deadlift - 3x8
- Decline Push-Ups - 3x15-20
- Single-Arm Dumbbell Rows - 3x8 each arm
- Overhead Med Ball Throws - 4x12
- Barbell Front Squats - 3x8
- Dumbbell Lunges - 3x8 each leg
- Close-Grip Barbell Bench - 3x10
- Overhead Med Ball Slams - 3x12