Yunus Barisik

Website: http://www.next-level-athletics.com

Yunus Barisik

Yunus Barisik, CSCS, specializes in making hockey players strong, fast and explosive. He has trained 500+ hockey players at the junior, college and pro levels, including NHL Draft picks and World Champions. An accomplished author, Yunus has had articles published on top fitness and performance sites, including STACK and Muscle & Strength. He also wrote Next Level Hockey Training, a comprehensive resource for ice hockey players on building athletic strength, size and power, while staying injury-free.

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How to Spot a Bad Conditioning Drill

"Whatever you do in the weight room, make sure our players show up conditioned on game day." Any physical preparation coach working in a team setti...

The Overlooked In-Season Training Strategy for Big Gains

Many athletes shy away from heavy weight room work during the competitive season because they fear it will leave them sore or under-recovered for game...

How Dangerous Is Lifting Weights, Really?

For as long as I can remember, weight training has been largely viewed as a dangerous activity. The first bite of this reality was served to me as ...

How Heavy Sled Drags Help Hockey Players Skate Faster

Several studies have now found resisted sprinting to be an effective method for enhancing acceleration. Many of these studies investigated the impa...

How to Determine Your Optimal Bench Press Grip In Under 30 Seconds

No other exercise is as universally loved as the Barbell Bench Press. Its popularity remains at an all-time high among athletes and regular gym-goers ...

The Surprising Reason Why You Should Always Use a Spotter When You Bench Press

With 225 pounds on the bar and a new rep max on the line, you lie down on the bench. The first five reps move as expected. Trouble starts around th...

How to Build Serious Single-Leg Strength (And Why It's So Important)

In a previous article, I established solid single-leg strength standards based on my many years of experience working with junior, D1 and pro hockey p...

The Surprising Truth About Training the Same Muscles Two Days in a Row

We have all heard the guideline that you should wait at least 48 hours before training the same muscle group again. In a full-body strength program...

A Weak Lower Back Could Be Limiting Your Big Lifts. This Exercise Will Fix It Fast

The lower back is the linchpin in heavy lower-body movements. One look at the spinal erector development of Olympic weightlifters tells us how incr...

Why Not Wanting to 'Get Bulky' Is a Dumb Reason to Avoid Weight Training

The fear of "getting bulky" is used by many athletes, male and female, as an excuse to avoid the weight room. If you have trained like an animal no...

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