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Summer Training Plans: How to Prepare for the Hockey Season

As the summer heats up, it’s the perfect time for hockey players to focus on their off-season training. A well-structured summer training plan can make all the difference when it comes to hitting the ice in peak condition come fall. At AZ Hockey Academy, we understand the importance of a comprehensive training regimen tailored to the unique demands of hockey. Here’s how to make the most of your summer training to prepare for the upcoming season.

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Assess Your Current Fitness Level

Before diving into an intense training regimen, assess your current fitness level. Identify your strengths and areas for improvement. This can be done through a series of fitness tests or by consulting with a coach who can provide valuable insights.

Establish Clear Goals

Set specific, measurable, and attainable goals for the season. Whether it’s improving your speed, increasing your strength, or mastering a new skill, having clear objectives will keep you motivated and focused.

Periodize Your Training

Periodization involves breaking down your training plan into distinct phases, each with a specific focus. Typically, a summer training plan includes:

Off-Season (Early Summer):

Focus: Building strength, endurance, and correcting imbalances.

Activities: Weight training, aerobic conditioning, and flexibility exercises.

Pre-Season (Late Summer):

Focus: Transitioning to more hockey-specific training.

Activities: High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), agilitydrills, and on-ice skill sessions

Strength Training

Incorporate Strength Training

Strength training is essential for hockey players, as it enhances performance and reduces injury risk. Focus on exercises that target the key muscle groups used in hockey, such as squats, deadlifts, and lunges for lower body strength, and bench presses, rows, and pull-ups for upper body strength.

Enhance Speed & Agility

Hockey requires quick bursts of speed and rapid changes in direction. Incorporate speed and agility drills into your training plan. Ladder drills, cone drills, and sprints are excellent for improving these critical skills

Work on Shooting & Skills

Dedicate time to refine your shooting technique and stickhandling skills. Practice shooting from different angles and positions, and work on your puck control with various stickhandling drills.

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Focus on Conditioning

Hockey is an endurance sport, requiring players to maintain high-intensity efforts for extended periods. Incorporate both aerobic (steady-state cardio) and anaerobic (sprint intervals) conditioning to build your endurance.

Prioritize Recovery

Recovery is just as important as training. Ensure you get enough sleep, stay hydrated, and follow a balanced diet rich in protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Consider incorporating stretching, foam rolling, and other recovery techniques into your routine.

Customize Your Schedule

Your training plan should be tailored to your individual needs and schedule. At AZ Hockey Academy, we offer personalized training programs to fit your lifestyle and help you achieve your goals. Whether you prefer one-on-one coaching or group sessions, we can customize a plan that works for you.

Stay Consistent & Adapt

Consistency is key to seeing results. Stick to your training plan, but also be flexible and adjust as needed. Listen to your body and make modifications if you experience any pain or discomfort.

A well-rounded summer training plan will ensure you’re in top shape and ready to perform at your best when the hockey season begins. At AZ Hockey Academy, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Let’s hit the ice and make this season your best one yet! For more information on our training programs and to schedule a session, contact us today.

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