Improve your hockey game and slice up the ice with this TRX Rip Training workout from Director of Rip Training, Pete Holman, as featured on Stack.
Hockey players must perform a hockey conditioning program that focuses on strength, power, flexibility and durability. These are the keys to improving your performance on the ice and ensuring that you are healthy for the entire season. One of the best ways to improve all four components at once is with the TRX Rip Trainer.
The corrective and preventative nature of Rip Trainer exercises makes them particularly effective at counteracting common problems that hockey players face. In particular, they strengthen the low-back muscles, which can be problematic due to the flexed skating posture; and they improve the mobility of the hips, which are often tight from repetitive lateral pushing movements when skating.
Try this three-exercise workout to develop hip flexibility, core strength and shooting power.
Rip Crossover Lunge (10-15 reps each side)
Rip Pitchfork (10-15 reps each side)
Rip Hockey Slap Shot (10-15 reps each side)
Repeat the sequence two or three times.
Perform this workout two to three times each week to become a better and more durable athlete on the ice.
Here is an in depth breakdown of the benefits of each exercise:
Rip Crossover Lunge
This exercise is designed to stretch the lateral hip muscles, which often get sore from excessive skating. It also strengthens the hip as you push up from the flexed position. To increase the intensity of the exercise, step further away from the anchor point or extend your arms off the chest.
The Rip Pitchfork strengthens the core muscles—especially in the back—and improves posture. It's both a corrective exercise—it balances out the flexed spine position seen in skating—and a strength exercise—it develops solid core strength needed to transfer power throughout the body.
Rip Hockey Slap Shot
This exercise develops rotational power needed for shooting. Shooting power begins in the legs and hips, transfers through the core and is delivered out of the upper body. The Rip Hockey Slap Shot exercise mimics this movement and emphasizes total-body power, balance, speed and accuracy.
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