Jaromir Jagr has been in the NHL for over two decades. He has played for eight different teams, and at 44 years old, he’s one of the oldest athletes currently playing professional sports. You might be taken aback, then, to hear that Jagr weighs 15 pounds less than he did in the 1990s, when he was a young stud scoring goals left and right for the Pittsburgh Penguins. His training regimen and diet set the “old man” up to contribute 21 goals, most on the team, for the Florida Panthers, who currently sit in first place atop the Eastern Conference.
None of that should be possible, but it is thanks to Jagr’s somewhat insane training routine. The Wall Street Journal recently detailed the work Jagr puts in, and we’d be shocked if another player in the NHL put in anything close to what Jagr is doing right now. Some highlights of Jagr’s routine include:
- Doing Springs on skates with a 44-pound weight vest and four-pound weights around his ankles
- Shooting weighted discs in place of pucks
- Taking hundreds of wrist shots a day with a medicine ball
- Hanging a 10-pound donut over the end of his stick
- Attaching his stick to the cable of a resistance machine and pushing his stick to the ground over and over again
Then there’s Jagr’s diet, which has changed immensely over the years. Jagr says he used to drink five cans of Diet Coke a day until he gave it up for Lent last year. This year, he’s planning to stop drinking the 10 cups of coffee he’s been tossing down every day, a volume of caffeine that seems like it might kill the average person.
The entire WSJ piece is fascinating, and gives us a great look into the effort it takes behind the scenes for a 44-year-old man to play pro hockey at such a high level.