It’s summer time. For a hockey player that means to get away from the rink and into the gym, park, or track to get ready for next season. Here is an example of what summer dryland training should be.
In this link you’ll see 17 year old Lady Ducks player Kayla Nielsen (one of the best players under 19 in the country) pushing a 285lbs sled. Kayla does this 3 to 4 times per week in addition to gym based training and one ice skills training during the summer to stay in the best possible shape.
For most of Kayla’s training I put her up against boys her own age or older so she competes at a higher level each and every training session. This approach has paid off as Kayla consistently improves during dryland training and will be ready for her senior year and future college hockey.
Players need to treat the off-season as a time to recover, make goals for the next year and then bust their asses to get into the best possible shape. Showing up at camp in anything less than awesome shape is a good way NOT to make the next level in hockey. Train hard, eat right and if you need help consult my complete training manual DRYLAND for more information.