Hockey is your heritage. It's in your blood. You've been a "rink rat" since you were five.
Hockey is one of the most physically demanding sports around. It takes speed, endurance, strength and toughness.
That's what inspired you to put on your skates and grab a stick that very first game. You are one of the best skaters and shooters around, but you want to raise your game to be a better all-around player. And you play with the intensity of "The Great One."
Sharpen Your Slapshot
Developing the right swing for a strong, controlled slapshot breaks down into five key phases: Preparation, Wind-Up, Down-Swing, Impact and Follow-Through. By working on the muscles that are most crucial in these five steps, you can help improve your swing. It will also help protect you from injury; so you can keep on playing at your highest level every period, every game, every season.
Become a threat on the ice by honing your slapshot accuracy and power with these easy to follow instructions and downlodable illustrated exercises.
You need to keep your body as balanced as possible. Strong abs and back muscles will help your stability. So perform a balance ball rollout routine with a. A multi-directional lunge with a will provide better balance to the lower body.
A firm grip on the stick and holding it straight to the puck is your first step. That takes strong forearms and triceps. Those muscles can be developed by performing wrist curls and reverse wrist curls with.
Keep your wrists cocked and be sure to stabilize your shoulder. You can achieve strong pectorals and triceps by performing chest presses with the help of aand . Another good exercise for your shoulder stability is a bent-over upright row with a .
A smooth, controlled movement of your mid-section is essential. So build up those abdominal and lower back muscles with a series of ab crunches using a.
To help keep your balance and posture, work on your lower body muscles. Performing squats with awill not only help your balance not only when shooting, but when skating and checking as well.
To help with the internal rotation of the back arm and shoulder, a well-developed upper body is a necessity. A seated overhead press usingis a simple but effective exerciseas well as performing internal and external rotation exercises.
As your weight is shifted during the swing, keeping the body stable as you push off the ice takes strong calf muscles. A heel raise usingcan make a huge difference.
A side lateral raise withwill add control and velocity to your shot. Since you're not just shooting with your arms, but all of your entire upper body, be sure your abs are toned to help give you puck-striking power. Repeated crunches with a will help you out there.
You can gain additional strength by performing chest presses with aand . A Russian Twist with a will help with your torso rotation at the moment of impact.
Overall body stability can be increased by performing squats with a. This will also help with the push-off that occurs during weight shift.
Maintaining your grip and control of the stick begins with your wrists. So be sure to incorporate wrist curls and reverse wrist curls with ainto your workout routine.
To protect your back and help with your stability on the ice, build up those muscles with arollout routine. This will also help you maintain body control as you complete your follow-through.