Why Martin Brodeur Practices Yoga
"I do yoga," candidly states New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur.
Go ahead and argue that yoga is for girls, but you can't argue with the proven benefits of yoga [improved flexibility, balance and muscular endurance] or the career numbers of the NHL's all-time wins leader: 999 games, 557 wins and 101 shutouts. Now that's longevity.
Yoga is an integral part of Brodeur's flexibility work, he says, because the low-impact movements of yoga develop core stability, balance and coordination, all of which provide a solid foundation for goaltending. It also helps break the monotony of those long dog days of summer. "Doing these yoga classes makes training in the summer a little more fun," says the three-time Stanley Cup champion.