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Power Skating & Off Ice Conditioning Clinic

Power Skating – Our approach to power skating is technique based. Our teaching method is a tradition passed down from over 50’s years of figure skating and hockey history. We teach from the understanding that skating is an art.

  • Edges are our tools for connecting us to the game
  • Stroking is how we use our edges to paint the ice swiftly and smoothly
  • Turning is using our edges to stroke with the intention of changing direction
  • Starting is our first step towards getting where we need to be
  • Transitioning enables us to face the game without coming to a stop

Off Ice Conditioning – Our approach to off ice conditioning is based on the Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) model. Educating young athletes on the importance of strength & conditioning is key to developing a life long commitment to being physically active. A secondary benefit from this educational process is improving athletic performance.

  • Warm-up & Pre-hab have many physiological benefits that improve performance and decrease the risk of sustaining a sport induced injury.
  • Power is a key component to our maneuverability in ice hockey. Learning how to become more powerful requires technique work, and understanding how we generate power physiologically & biomechanically.
  • Strength is our ability to stand our ground in times of being challenged for position. We’ll explore ways of improving our strength for all aspects of ice hockey and general conditioning.
  • Hockey Specific Training is about isolating the little nuances of the movement patters that are special to ice hockey, for example our bodies are broken into three sections in order to maintain a heads up style of play (head, torso, lower body). Understanding sport specific training opens up the possibility of knowing how to train specifically for other sports as well, feeding perfectly into the LTAD model.
  • Cool down & Stretching teaches our bodies to go from a high stress state down to a relaxation recovery state. This important step will enable us to perform optimally next time we are required to do so, with  reducing the risk of sport and potential overuse injuries.

Nutrition 101 – Nutrition is a corner stone to a healthy lifestyle. These sessions will be targeted towards the whole family.

  • Macronutrients – carbohydrates, proteins, and fats
  • Micronutrients – vitamins and minerals
  • Hydration
  • Sport Foods

Why Today’s Young Athletes Deserve a Strength & Conditioning Coach

In today’s world of multi sport youth athletes, the fundamentals of movement development have been put to the side to make room for the sport specific movements. I see this predominantly in the sports that I spend the most time training: Figure Skating and Ice Hockey.

So what is my role as a strength and conditioning coach for these up and coming athletes? It’s my responsibility to ensure that when they leave our sessions, they have a clear understanding of what the future of strength and conditioning holds for them. We spend the time to break down the fundamental human movement patterns, from rolling, to crawling, to squatting, to walking, to running, then lifting. And onwards to the more complex Olympic lifts.

To the parents of young athletes: Investing in a sound strength and conditioning program for your young athletes is a smart investment.

What can you expect from your investment:

  • Reduce the risk of sport induced injuries, including concussions
  • Improved self image (self-esteem and confidence)
  • Improvement in athleticism
  • Increase the possibility of making that next level team or performance category
  • Learn proper exercise techniques and lifestyle habits that last a life time**

**That last item is not only the key to athletic performance but the key to reversing the epidemics that our society is facing. Yes, those elephants in the room: obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, that are caused by the overall sedentary lives that a majority of our population is living.

Take the time to find that Strength & Conditioning Coach that is going to coach your young athlete to a life of athleticism and health.

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Being Great!!!

Over the past couple months I’ve made myself available as a virtual coach. Providing phone sessions, and posting YouTube video samples of exercise recommendations. This is not a service that I’d ever thought I’d provide, but after being able to change the lives of others from thousands of miles away, I’ve realized that the virtual world has opened up a whole new world of possibilities. Now I know that there are people who have been doing this for years, but for me it’s new and exciting.

This new world has given me an opportunity to hone my verbal communication skills. If I am not able to verbally communicate what needs to be done, then I will not have served my client to the best of my ability. The question that pops to mind is; how am I able to deliver what I’m delivering without ever seeing a client in person? Here’s my simple break down!

1. Patience
2. Curiosity
3. Full commitment to the moment
4. Full commitment to my client’s goals
5. Presence to my client
6. Compassion
7. Empathy
8…
9…..

Yes, I know I’m listing qualities about myself that make me the great coach that I am! The same things that make me a great coach in person, are the same qualities that make me a great virtual coach!

What makes you great?!?!?!