All posts by Mike Pickles, CPT, D.FHP, Founder, Dry-land Hockey Training

Off Ice Team Training

Summer is long over, but hopefully those who are serious about improving their performance for the hockey season have prepared accordingly. In this article I want to share my perspective on in-season training for minor hockey players. Let’s start by going back again and ask ourselves, “are we crazy about putting our kids in strength and conditioning programs at the minor hockey level?” The answer is, absolutely not.

Self Confidence: The Value of Internal Appreciation Versus External Praise

In all my years working with young athletes I’ve seen the lowest and highest levels of self-confidence.  What’s important to understand as a trainer, parent or coach is that the […]

Tryout Shape

Hopefully most minor hockey players have been participating in an off-ice training program over the summer, especially at the bantam and midget level. There’s no question that staying in shape […]

Home Fitness: What You Need

Parents often ask me, “What can my child do at home?” to stay fit and get stronger. First, it’s important to keep it all in perspective. Parents don’t need to […]

Dry Land Training Techniques

When it comes to understanding what proper training looks like for players at the minor hockey level, parents can often be confused or blindly miss-led into following all the hype. […]

Time for Off-Season Activities

Many kids get involved in spring hockey after the regular season, but when school is out and summer starts, it’s time to hang up the skates for a while… A […]

Move it: Essential pre-game exercises for moving well on the ice

What should a player do to prepare their body before a game? Skating around the rink before a game or practice is a great way to increase player’s core temperature, […]

Strength Training Tips for Hockey Moms

The life of a hockey mom can be busy taking care of the needs of a son or daughter during the season. With all the driving to games and practices, […]

Male vs. Female Hockey Players — Should Training Methods Differ?

When it comes to training male and female hockey players, I don’t use any special exercises or programs that differ between the two sexes. My experience and research over the years hasn’t […]

Top Off-Season Cross-Training Activities For Hockey Players

One of the best cross-training activities I can think of is hiking. Whether it’s the famous Grouse Grind in Vancouver or any other challenging climb, hiking keeps the legs, lungs […]

7 Amazing Power Foods for Competition

One of the most important aspects of enhancing athletic performance in young hockey players is the practice of proper nutrition habits. Proper nutrition is the key to increased energy and […]

Celebrating Great Coaches

In my years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach, I’ve known many sport coaches — some good ones and some, well, not so good. Nothing is more refreshing […]