Nothing earth shattering, but here are a few thoughts on training ice hockey (or any athlete) during the in-season period.
- I think 2 lifts a week is more then enough if you are programming well. If we really wanted to I am sure we could arrange things so that we could train 3 or 4 days a week. But in my opinion, in-season the goal is to train as much as necessary not as much as possible.
- Intensity remains high, volume gets reduced. We still lift heavy, we just don’t perform lots of sets and reps.
- Keep lifts short and to the point. The team does a thorough warm up prior to practice and then comes into the weight room to lift two times a week. Because our warm up is already complete, our lifts generally don’t take longer then 30 minutes. The team comes into the weight room, grabs their cards, and starts.
- Pick exercises that have little chance of causing muscle soreness…no one wants sore/heavy legs on game day.
- Collect data daily and look for trends throughout the team and potential red flags with certain athletes. We measure training load (average HR x time on ice) and wellness (subjective questionnaire) on a daily basis. We also measure readiness (vertical jump) and get a bodyweight every single Monday.
As I said, nothing earth shattering but something that was running through my head and I decided to write down.