May 212018
 

I like to post these random thoughts that pop up in my head from time to time.  Let me know what you think.

-I’ve been using a 1×20 program with my athletes as a Post-Season/Transition phase for the past 3 years.  Each off-season, I have found it to be a great re-introduction to the training process with the emphasis on GPP and restoring range of motion under load.  Thanks to Strength and Conditioning Coaches like Jim Snider at Wisconsin, Jay Demayo at Richmond University, and ultimately Dr. Yessis.


-I believe more dumbbells and kettlebells and no barbells in this phase.

-With my young athletes who can’t complete a set of 8 chin ups on their own; I’ve had them use assisted pull up variations with bands.  I am now going back to adding eccentrics after their last successful repetition.  We don’t use the band anymore.  For example, if a an athlete can’t execute 8 chin ups, but can get 5, I have them perform a :30 eccentric after their 5th rep.  This occurs for all 3 sets that we do in the training session.  I  feel that the band assisted method doesn’t produce results.  The goal is 30 seconds on the eccentric contraction.  This will continue even though we aren’t in an “eccentric” phase.

-Tempo is the forgotten variable sometimes in training.  Beginners and those in the return to training phase need more time under tension

-For continuing education this summer, I recently attended Charles Poliquin’s Advanced Program Design seminar.  I thought it was outstanding.  I go to seminars to learn.  I’ve never gone to train.  However, the practical portion of this seminar was equally beneficial to the knowledge picked up in the lecture portion.  It was awesome kind of going back in time for me as I haven’t been to one of his seminars since 2001.

-Charles said something on the lines of a Strength and Conditioning Coach isn’t doing a good job in-season if 90% of strength isn’t maintained.  I believe that.

-I love working with youth and high school hockey players during the summer.  I believe that consistent work and effort with an emphasis on the basics works.

-I have some requests for off-season program design/on-line training.  Please email me a sean@seanskahan.com if interested.

Jan 232018
 

In my opinion, RPR works and it isn’t going anywhere.  To me, it makes too much sense to do it especially when the results are so obvious to the athlete and the coach.  I wrote about it previously here.

I think hockey parents in general should sometimes take a deep breath and relax (myself included).  The reality is that there is a good chance that your son or daughter won’t play professional hockey.  So, enjoy the ride and encourage them to have fun and improve every day.   I try to read this before every season- My simple rules for hockey parents everywhere.

Sports technology is moving fast.  The key is to figure out what works for your situation.  How can you best apply technology to what you are already doing?  I am all for new advancements as long as it helps the athletes and team.  I still think the coach’s eye and ability to communicate appropriately is more important.  Know what you are doing and what you want to get out of your tools.

Does anyone else get confused with PRI?

Cold showers in the morning are awesome.  Read about Wim Hoff and his methods.

All of the breathing information is pretty neat. Whether it is for parasympathetic shift, creating stability, or “stretching”, the act of breathing is something that’s been taken for granted for a long time.

 

Mar 102012
 

My own workout on a game day here in Dallas:

20k Kettlebell

5 Tri Sets of the following:

Get Up x1 ea.

Pull Up x1

1-Leg Squat x1 ea.  (Pistol Style)

 

Swings- 4×25

I had about 20-30 minutes to get this done.

Feb 202012
 

I got a really good training session here in Tampa Bay.  All that I had for equipment was a pair of adjustable dumbbells and stationary bikes.

Here’s what I got done:

Foam roll and Trigger point management

Joint Mobiliy

Strength

DB Swings (40lbs)- 4×25

1-Arm DB Shoulder Press (60lbs)- 2x5ea.

DB Deadlift (60lbs ea hand)- 2×8

Pull Up (hands on railing above the tunnel which takes players to the ice)- 2×5

1-Leg Squat/Pistols- 3×1 each

Conditioning

Manual Resistance, 2:00 warm up at level 10- 80 rpm, 1:00 sprint @ level 21, recovery @ level 1 to 120bpm and then repeat- x6

 

Feb 132012
 

Getting a good training session in on the road is very challenging.  On long road trips, it is important for me to plan ahead so I know what my sessions are going to be.  Sometimes, you never know what you are going to get at the hotel gym or what kind of equipment you can borrow from the home team.

Today, I got my training session in at the strength and conditioning facility of the Minnesota Wild.  Unlike many of the other hotel gyms and other facilities in the league, they have some kettlebells.

The last time that we were here (back in October I believe), I cleaned and press the 40k bell.  Although I struggled with it a little, I still got it under the RKC standards.  Today, it was much easier.  Looking ahead, I don’t think the 44k is unrealistic.

I also performed a pull up with the 24k bell with my foot hooked through the handle.  I was able to bring my neck up to the top which I was really excited about as this has been a struggle for me.

I also did a 5 minute snatch test.  This is the second time that I have done this since my RKC in August.  Honestly, these are starting to get easier or maybe I am becoming more efficient at these.

Here was my workout:

Warm Up-

Foam rolling

Joint Mobility

1-Arm Clean and Press- 5×1 ea. Arm.   First set- I got the 40k with my right arm easily, left arm couldn’t get it, I then completed 4 singles each arm with the 32k.

Pair with Pull Up- 5×1.  First set done with the 24k.  Following 4 done with bodyweight only.

5 minute snatch test in 4:50.  I put the bell down once.  I went 20L/20R/10L/10R, put the bell down.  Then, I went 10L/10R/5L/5R/5L/5R.

Easy 20 minute stationary bike- manual resistance- HR 125-135.

Jan 202012
 

We had another good week at HockeySC.com

First up we had the second episode of the Hockey Strength Podcast.  In episode 2, Anthony speaks with Darryl Nelson of the U.S. National development program team.  This is a great interview as it gives some insights into what Darryl does on a daily basis.  Darryl also discusses some of his recent articles that he has posted.  You can listen to this at Hockey Strength Podcast.

Next up is Kevin Neeld’s 2-Day In-Season Training Program Phase 4.  This is a good 2 day program that is very detailed in what Kevin’s athletes are doing in the weight room.  With the accumulation of fatigue due to the amount of games and practices, Kevin backs off on volume a little bit, but still gets some quality strength work in.

Up next is another contribution from Kevin, Youth Hockey Training Program Phase 2.  In this group of videos, Kevin highlights some of the exercises that he is using.  There are some good speed and change of direction exercises in this group of videos.

Last up is Mike Potenza’s Establishing a Foundation: Leg Strength for Young Goaltenders.  This is a good article which gives an excellent progression for a goaltender (or anyone else) to establish the proper foundation of squatting and then progressing to other single leg variations.  This is a really good piece.

On the forum, we have some good discussions going on such as low back pain in females and conditioning tools.  Make sure you check out the forum when you log on.

We believe that this site is the best resource in hockey strength and conditioning on the internet.  You will not find anywhere else where you can get access to all of the programs and ideas that some of the best in hockey are currently doing with their players.  If you’re not a member, you can try it out for 1 dollar.  You will not be disappointed.

Thanks!

Sean

Dec 222011
 

I am really excited to announce that I have 2 DVDs for sale on the site.  These have been 2 projects that I have been working on over the last 2-3 months during my somewhat free time.  I really think that they will benefit any strength and conditioning coach or personal trainer, especially those who work with hockey players.

 

The first one is Kettlebell Lifting For Hockey.  This one was made because I really feel that that there is often misguided information on kettlebell techniques and exercise selection for hockey players today.   Since I have been using kettlebells with my athletes for over the last 3 years or so, I felt that producing this DVD would be beneficial to anyone who wants to use Kettlebells with their players succefully.

 

I had an article about Kettlebells and hockey that was recently published on the DragonDoor.com website.  You can check it out here- Using Kettlebells in Professional Hockey.

 

My 2nd DVD, Sllideboard Training For Hockey, was made in collaboration with Barry Slotnick from UltraSlide.  Like the Kettlebell DVD, I am truly honored to produce a DVD that talks about another tool that I frequently use with my athletes.  The slideboard is a versatile tool that can be used for many different strength exercises and progressions as well as a lateral conditioning tool.  In this DVD, we talk about how and why we use the UltraSlide slideboard.

I hope you like them!

Nov 052011
 

I realize that it has been a while since my last post. The reality is that we have been on a 2 week road trip that has consisted of 7 different cities. No complaining here as it is what it is.

One thing that I make sure that is taken care of before we head out is to make sure that we have adequate training equipment available. Not only for my athletes, but also for myself.

Personally, I have been getting in some great training sessions and not missing a beat on this trip. Thanks to the help from plenty of friends and colleagues, I was able to keep my training going just like I would at home. Today however, I was challenged as all I had available to me was a 16k kettlebell. In all honesty, I am not a fan of just wininging it and doing something different than what I am supposed to do on a given day. Sometimes you have to make sure you make due with what you have.

Here is what I came up with with a little idea from Dan John:

Movement prep/joint mobility

Each of the following done for 1 rep each x 3 sets:
Get up Tri Set with
1-Leg squat
And 1-Arm Push up with hand elevated (locker room bench)

3 exercises done in a row in decending sets- (10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1)
Snatch (EA. Arm)
Goblet squat
Push Up

Oct 172011
 

Today’s Lift in San Jose-

All with 1- 24k kettlebell

1-arm press- 5x3ea. arm pair with
Pull up- 5×1. (No pull up bar available, used under the stadium stairs)

Snatches- 5+5ea. arm at start of every minute x 20 minutes= 200. HR was 167 after 200

Light day for the presses and pull ups. Nice to get a high volume snatch workout in again.

Sep 302011
 

I hope everyone is doing great.  We are wrapping up our pre-season with our last game tonight before we take off tomorrow for a 14 hour flight to Finland.  We will be opening up our season there next weekend.  Although we will be there with the main purpose of winning hockey games, I plan on checking out some of the sights and sounds of Helsinki.  This will be my second trip overseas in the last 4 years.  Believe me, this is something that I do not take for granted.  It is unbleivable that I get to take part in trips to places like London and now Finland.

As for HockeySC.com, we have had some great content added this week.

First up is Mike Potenza’s Complex Training.  Mike shows 3 different version of complexes that he uses with his players during the pre-season and in-season phases.  We will use complexes during the pre-season phase as well.  Like Mike, we will also use versions of the Javorek complex.

Next up is Kevin Neeld’s In-Season Youth Training program.  This is a series of videos of some good things being done with some young hockey players.  Really good stuff here from Kevin.

Darryl Nelson’s book review: Spark by John Ratey was up next.  Darryl provides a brief review on this book.  The review talks about the importance of physical exercise, expecially for young kids.

Last is my Goblet Squat video.  This is a video of a Goblet Squat.  This was another exercise that I got to fine-tune at the RKC.  It also helped that my team leader was Dan John, who I believe founded the Goblet Squat (Do not quote me on that).  Dan showed us some good coaching cues that work.  The results have been great as I have seen all of our Goblet Squats look consistent.

Thanks for your continued support!

Sean Skahan