Another week, another group of podcasts and articles to read and listen to that I have dived into. Like every other week, there was a ton of content out there both in written form and through podcasts. Enjoy!
Some really good podcasts to listen to this week. The Strength Coach Podcast is always a great listen and the same could be said about Mike Robertston’s Physical Prep Podcast. If I were to only recommend one podcast this week though, it would be Just Fly Performance with Cory Schlesinger – the guy is great to listen to, his take on strength training is a nice change of pace from the standard/normal take.
Tough to pick just one, but I really enjoyed the simple thought process to the article on tempo work by the guys over at Movement as Medicine. People always forget that there are more ways to get strong and chase adaptation then just loading the bar up and adding more weight, eccentric, isometric and tempo work in general is a great change of pace and shock to the system.
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Probably one of the big things we do differently then other hockey programs ➡️ we don’t bench press with a barbell in-season nor did we bench press with a barbell much this off-season. The last year we have done very little barbell benching. Why❓ In my opinion most hockey players don’t have the best posture in the world, living in that classic shoulders rolled forward posture, in large part because of the demands of the sport. Because of that, we tend to focus more on what we would consider more shoulder friendly pressing movements; 💥Landmine Press variations 💥DB Bench Press and DB Incline Press .l 💥1DB Bench Press and Alternating DB Bench variations (flat and incline) 💥Push Ups When the season ends and the athlete spends much less time on the ice and we can clean up some of the sport related posture issues we may consider adding back benching with a barbell, though I don’t think we’ve lost a bit of strength by using other pressing variations and may stick to leaving it out of the program all together. Unit then, it’s a simple risk:reward scenario for us, especially in-season.