Welcome to Weiss Tech Hockey’s Home Hockey Training Center!
As you know, hockey is a complex game that combines MANY different skills. Great hockey players can skate well, stickhandle, shoot, pass… they’re strong, fast, smart, and make the right decision at the right time!
One of the biggest mistakes many hockey players make is that they only work on their skills at the rink; they only work on their speed and strength at the rink; and they only work on their hockey smarts at the rink. In today’s game, if you’re only developing your abilities during your regular practices and games, you’re probably not going to achieve your full potential. The best players I know are at the gym on their own, working on their hockey skills off the ice, and improving their decision-making-abilities AWAY FROM THE RINK AS WELL!
Last summer I put together my Coaches’ Training Course, which focused on systems play, and other “mental aspects” of the game. This summer I’ll be focusing more on Individual Skill development. I recently re-released my off-ice strength and conditioning program, the S3 Formula, which focuses on developing raw Speed, Strength, and Size. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be walking you through the process of developing a Home Hockey Training Center that will allow you to improve your Individual Skills at home!
The S3 Formula In-Season Program is now available… Here’s a sneak peak inside!!
Here is a new video giving you a “sneak peak” inside the S3 Formula members’ area. Incase I haven’t made it clear enough, using the S3 Formula gives you a HUGE advantage over your opponent. Here’s a little experiment to try…
Next time you’re in the locker room, ask your players to raise their hands if they work out on their own at least once per week, now ask them to keep their hands raised if they work out twice or more per week. Surprised..?
On average, most teams only have 1-2 players who make it to the weight room with ANY form of consistency… let alone executing a true SCIENCE-BASED, HOCKEY-SPECIFIC, strength and conditioning program!
If these numbers hold true for your team, they most likely hold true for the other teams in your league… TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS AND PUNISH YOUR OPPONENT FOR HIS LAZINESS!
You know what to do… let’s get going on this before your opponent does! Click here to register today:
Use periodization as you structure your off-ice training program to avoid hitting plateaus, and to increase your gains throughout the entire year!
A well-structured strength and conditioning program should not only develop sport-specific muscle groups and energy systems, but should also incorporate various forms of periodization to keep the athlete progressing both during the off-season and in-season.
The S3 Formula is designed to do just that. The program develops the primary muscle groups used in hockey, and periodizes the workouts on both a macro and micro level… meaning “periodization within periodization.” Athletes who follow the program faithfully see consistent gains in Speed, Strength, and Size all year long––whether during the off-season or in-season!
Use this information to your advantage (very few of your opponents know about this stuff!), and make sure you get on our S3 Formula mailing list if you’re interested in more information.
I am often asked what a player should do to make the most of his or her off season. This can be a tough question, because the answer usually varies from player to player. However, despite the many possible “correct answers,” there are five main objectives that I think should be staples for any player looking to improve this summer––regardless of age or skill-level:
Improve physical performance: The off-season is the time to develop your speed, strength, and size. During the summer months, this should be the primary focus for serious hockey players. Enormous gains can be made by consistently working out in a structured, hockey-specific, strength and conditioning program.
Improve technical hockey skills (on-ice): Hockey players should take the time to develop and fine-tune the technical elements of their game that have been neglected during the hectic playoff push. I recommend getting into a hockey camp that is highly focused on technical skating, puck-handling, passing, and shooting. A slightly laid-back atmosphere is good, as long as proper technique is insisted upon. Remember, the objective of this type of training isn’t to “whip” you into shape, but to correct and reinforce proper form and technique.
Improve technical hockey skills (off-ice): There are a number of skills that can also be developed away from the rink such as stickhandling and shooting. Set up an obstacle course to stickhandle through, and put together a shooting gallery in your backyard and work on your shot back there. You can get hundreds of extra development hours in this way, and its FREE (aside from the initial set up costs).
Develop and maintain general athleticism: Keep your athleticism up by playing different sports in the summer. Generally speaking, the best athletes are also the best hockey players. Developing different types of motor skills and coordination by participating in other sports will help improve your hockey game by improving your overall athleticism.
Stay “game fresh”: Find a way to work in some game time every week or two during the summer. This can be via pick-up hockey, summer league, or the odd tournament over the summer. Make sure it’s a light-hearted environment, and won’t be mentally over-taxing. The objective here is just to stay sharp, and reinforce some of the technical work you’ve been developing as we mentioned in step two. You’ll have plenty of time for high-intensity hockey once the regular season rolls around. Don’t burn yourself out on recreational summer hockey.
So that’s it! Remember, these tips are general recommendations, you’ll need to modify them to fit your own specific needs and schedule. However, planning your summer using these five basic guidelines should help you to have a very productive off-season, and to arrive at training camp primed, well-rested, and ready to have a phenomenal season!
From time-to-time I am offered to participate in different hockey specific programs because of all the hits this site takes each day. A coach I have known for about a year now is starting up what I think might be an interesting web based conditioning program for hockey players. Take a look at his website by clicking the image below and see if you are interested. This may be something you want to pass along to your players for the off-season.
Here is a short link you can give to your players if you think they might be interested http://bit.ly/b2ATIG
Between today and March 15th there will be different videos on the site to give you an idea of what’s to come. On the 15th there will be a video describing the program and how to join.
Jeremy Weiss the developer of the S3 program is an excellent coach out west and a former high level hockey player. He has a college education in athletic conditioning and nutrition and is someone I respect for his knowledge of the game and how to improve your ability. Check out the videos and move forward if you find it to be of interest to you or your players.