As many of you know, the Women’s and Men’s U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey teams lost to Canada during the finals of the 2010 Winter Olympics. The women’s team lost two to nothing capturing the silver medal for the second time ever. The men’s team lost a heart-breaker in overtime three to two, thus capturing the silver medal as well.
There is more to hockey than just suiting up and playing. Physical conditioning is a huge aspect of the game. Ice hockey takes a toll on the body, thus making it extremely important to be in great physical shape. Hockey requires a great deal of stamina, muscular strength, and muscular endurance. Upper body, core strength and endurance are important for the handling of the puck, shooting of the puck, checking an opponent, and fighting (several fights break out during hockey games).
Lower body, core strength and endurance are vital for sprinting up and down the rink throughout the 60-minute game. The quadriceps, hamstrings, and adductor/abductor muscles are four of the main major muscle groups used in the game of ice hockey.
Below is a workout that incorporates all of the above muscles into an ultimate ice hockey workout. I recommend performing three sets of 10 to 15 repetitions at a medium to heavy weight (depending on your goal). Good luck!
Ultimate Ice Hockey Workout