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Mike Green and Duncan Keith’s Off-Season Training

June 17, 2009

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith spend their summers in Calgary, Alberta, training at Crash Conditioning for the upcoming NHL season.

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Mike Green and Duncan Keithâs Off-Season Training
Mike Green and Duncan Keith describe how they both ended up at Crash Conditioning for their NHL season. The phrase, not for everyone, describes the crash conditioning training program that is rigorous and non-traditional.


Crash: When you look at my program as a whole the idea of athleticism is first, being the key to our program. I'm not pure functional, I'm not a classic strength guy. I think I fall on sort of a rounded athleticism way on the strength conditioning field. I use all components and I'm always open to learning and seeing other things and adding it to what we do in our program.
I'm pretty well known obviously for being pretty tough on our athletes and expecting a lot from them. The biggest in what I do or how I believe is for one I stick to one sport and I focus strictly on the sport that I know and understand.
Mike Green: I was talking to an Eastern rep which is a rep in one of the stick companies and we were having dinner or whatever and Crash was there and he started talking to me about how I was doing the biceps and triceps and all my arm work when he was telling me you need to work on your legs and your core and stuff for hockey. You don't need that other stuff. And I kind of was like well whatever. But I came out to his gym and he ran me through a warm up and I couldn't even get through the warm up and the next day I was aching really bad and I just said ya, this is what I need.
So I trained with him for the rest of the summer and my skating and stride and everything in hockey, my whole real hockey performance was way better than it ever had been in years past. After that I knew I was with the right guy.
Duncan Keith: My brother had worked here and he had told me about it so I decided rather than coming out here and going to a regular gym to give it a shot and I came here and I loved it. Just the whole program that Crash puts together I think for me I've become a lot more well developed in all areas of my body and everything specific for hockey.
Crash: I think over the last probably three, four, five years it's been a development in the way hockey players train. Previously you'd just see too much non-functional classic weight lifting with a bench press. The biggest thing was the bench press and the value of the bench press in any sort of hockey and our running joke is the bench press, the only times it's valuable is when you got knocked on your back and your pushing the guy who knocked you down off you.
I think that's probably the biggest misconception is the value of certain classic exercises. I think we need to look at a sport when you're standing on your feet to make them work for everything. So if you're on your skates you should stay on your feet and you should do as much of your movements as possible in that same position as well as getting the hockey players to see the value of developing their athleticism and not just being hockey players, being athletes first.
Drew Robertson: I got involved with Crash, I think it's been about three and a half years now. I think this is our third summer together. People always say I'm the ying to the yang for Crash. Crash is really intense guy, I'm pretty layed back so we melt together pretty good. It's been a good fit since day one. I like his approach as far as no BS, no holding back. This is it, this is the way it's going to be. He demands the best.
Mike Green: I mean it's a lot of dedication. You really need to separate yourselves from the other guys and training is everything. Nowadays it used to be when you go to camp you get into shape. Nowadays you have to be in shape to go to camp.
Drew Robertson: Crash isn't for everybody. A lot of the athletes that can't sustain 100 percent aren't in the program. So for me it just makes my job easier because these are dedicated athletes.
Crash: This year as a group we kind of came out of the blue the not for everyone line and basically what that is is as a group when we're working out things get a little tough at times in the gym when we will make life a little bit miserable for the athletes. We're not going to do what they necessarily want to do.
We're going to try to push them past what they view as their threshold to get more out of them and we've had a lot of people maybe not see it the way we see it but at the end of the day we have success with our athletes and our athletes that our here take a lot of pride in the fact they they're more mentally tougher, more committed than others. That's where the not for everyone came from.
For more wth Crash Conditioning, check out Doug Crashley's Training Philosophy




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