Does off-ice training really work for youth hockey players?
Many trainers will say that youth athletes should wait until they are older before they begin sport-specific training.
After more than 30 years of training and working with elite athletes, I can guarantee that it is possible.
And it can be extremely beneficial for youth athletes to develop a routine and good habits,
a strong work ethic, and build a foundation for when they start training full-time.
Is training as a youth athlete practical? Would it work for me or my child?
Yes. Training PROPERLY, and in the right amount is very practical, and can often save you time and money.
By easing your child into a training regimen, you will cultivate their athletic ability at an early age.
Rather than needing to register in multiple leagues or do multiple sports, you can receive
better sport-specific and overall training through the use of a proper, structured workout regimen.
At BodySmith International, I have trained countless youth athletes from all athletic backgrounds and starting points.
Some may take longer than others, however, all of our athletes end up in great shape and ready for peak performance.
The biggest reason youth athletes come to me...
Although almost all of my athletes are motivated and ambitious men and women,
most people come to see me out of desperation, not inspiration.
Every year, leading up to training camps or tryouts, after cuts have been made,
or after disappointing season endings, I see a bunch of new faces walk in the door.
And while I'm happy to help new clients succeed, it is often better to start early and prepare now,
rather than when you or your child finds themselves on the bubble of being cut or traded.
Now it's often said, but it's not your fault if you've never trained properly before...
Very few trainers or gyms out there have the years of experience or expertise to properly train youth hockey players.
My approach is not what mainstream trainers are taught or told to give their clients.
Instead of working the youth athletes into the ground, I focus on tough but rejuvenating workouts.
Workouts which build a lifelong foundation and cultivate athletic ability through the
development of coordination, strength, flexibility, conditioning, explosiveness, and foot speed.
If you can build this foundation as early as possible, then you set yourself up for success
which will only get bigger as you or your child matures.
We all know that the best players at age 9 make the best teams.
And then those players attract the best coaches, trainers, and teammates.
And then those teams play in the biggest tournaments.
And so on, and so on, and so on.
By the time those athletes are 16, they are the best players in the country.
Success begets success.
And starting early gives you the best chance.
But what if I'm a late starter?
Well, past a certain point, it is just too late. Or the gap is so big that it's almost impossible to catch up.
However, there is a prime window of opportunity from ages 9-15, where if you begin training properly,
you can develop the necessary foundations and help cultivate athletic ability.
Because once you reach an elite level of play, all of the athletes are in great shape.
The difference between success and failure is so small. And you need to give yourself an edge wherever possible.
So how can I tell if I'm training properly?
Normally, when I test athletes, I put them through a conditioning workout.
Almost always, the ones who have trouble making it through the entire workout are not in ideal shape.
If you'd like to do an assessment, you can come in to the gym and work 1-on-1,
or you can click below and be taken to a page where you can input your name and email,
and get access to a free guide and workout video.