Wednesday workout tips with Coyotes trainer Mike Bahn

This is the final week I’ll be contributing to the San Antonio Rampage website this summer, and I’ve really enjoyed my weekly discussions on specific exercises, goaltender conditioning and warm-ups. I think it would be a perfect wrap-up to the summer columns to discuss looking at the big picture when putting together an off-ice workout program for a hockey player. Whether you are a younger player wanting to develop physical skills to increase their performance, an adult player wanting to supplement the health benefits of regular exercise on the ice or a professional player that must maintain an elite level of conditioning, there are similar themes that exist in every training program.

No matter what level of hockey you are at, when looking at your exercise program, you need to have an honest assessment of where you are at and where you want to go. Too often people jump into the middle of exhausting workout routines that they should not be doing. It is either too often, too much, too hard or, most likely, a combination of all three. If your goal is to run a marathon and you have never run more than 5 miles in a session, you will need to gradually build up from 5 miles, not immediately try 15 or 20.

Setting realistic goals is also just as important. Not only for the motivation of accomplishing goals, but it will help you set the “roadmap” for how to achieve them. If you have a goal of losing 10 pounds, then making better food choices, burning more calories in activity and monitoring your bodyweight are the obvious steps.

Exercise should be challenging but not to the point that proper technique breaks down or you are unable to recover between workout bouts. Exercise is essentially a stress on the body, with the goal of it adapting so it will be stronger, quicker or better conditioned for the next time it is stressed. If exercise is overdone, the body will break down. If it isn’t allowed enough rest between exercise sessions, it won’t recover fully and the body will break down. If it isn’t given the proper fuels and rebuilding materials at the appropriate times, the body will break down. It is a fine line between pushing the body to its limits and going too far.

I always recommend the use of a qualified trainer and approval from your physician before entering into any training program, as they can offer advice on how to push your body safely and let it properly recover. Keeping an eye on those factors daily, weekly and monthly will help you achieve those goals you set.

Search Archive »

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
@@block(4000, 0, content)@@