Scoring the overtime goal in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games and garnering praise from Wayne Gretzky ("The Great One") thrust Sidney Crosby into hockey legend. How does a player attain such a high status among his peers?
A lot of hard work, for starters. Crosby has pretty much dedicated every waking moment to being the best he can be—and he's done its since he was very young. Few can play at Crosby's level, but you can increase your chances at success by building up your body like Sid the Kid.
Look at Crosby's build. He has legs the size of tree trunks, so he doesn't easily get knocked off the puck. Exercises that build strength and power—like Squats, Deadlifts, Walking Lunges—and plyometric movements like Box Jumps will help you build the type of body that will give you an advantage on the ice.
Try these exercises, doing the first two on Day 1 and the next two a few days later to ensure proper recovery:
- Barbell Squat - 4 x 5
- Walking Lunges - 3 x 8 per leg
- Barbell Deadlift - 8 x 2
- Box Jumps - 5 x 5
Crosby's powerful core helps him stabilize to generate power in his stride and shot. But don't think performing 100 crunches a day will translate to improvement on the ice.
Crosby isn't the best player in the world because he works out. He's the best player in the world because he works out intelligently. Much of this has to do with his trainer, Andy O'Brien, who dedicates himself to studying the game of hockey. His workouts involve exercises that require the muscles to work simultaneously.
Try these two exercises to improve your core strength and stability:
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