Use the Bongo Board to Improve your Hockey Balance While Away from the Rink!
I recently had the chance to test out a number of new products from HockeyShot’s balance line. I’m a big believer that developing balance and coordination off the ice can lead to improved performance on the ice. The first product I tested out was the 20″ Wobble Board. The next product I checked out was the Bongo Board, which is shown in the video above.
At first glance, the Bongo Board looks like a skate board without wheels. It’s made of solid maple plywood, and has a non-slip surface on the top. The underside of the Bongo Board has the track, with the bungee cord, which fits with the double ball bearing wheel system. The construction is durable, and able to withstand the rigors of regular usage.
The Bongo Board will take some practice before you’ll be able to use it effectively. Although once you’ve figured it out, it’s a lot of fun (and a great workout too!). Athletes with a skateboarding background will likely pick it up faster than I did.
Once you’ve got the hang of it, there’s a lot of stuff you can do:
Obviously… for hockey, you’re going to want to “Bongo” while stickhandling!
The benefits of using the Bongo Board are pretty obvious for hockey:
Improved Balance & Control
More Strength in Calves and Ankles
Variety of Power Exercises that Executed
Great way to develop “independent” Hands & Feet (hands and feet are active together, working on different things)
The Rick O’Shay gives an alternative perspective to the conventional “Shooter Tutor” style, roll-up canvases.
The Rick O’Shay is a great hockey targeting system that gives an alternative perspective to the conventional “Shooter Tutor” style, roll-up canvases. Since it’s a 3D mold, there are endless rebound possibilities, which makes for a much more realistic scrimmage experience.
The Rick O’Shay is made of super durable plastic, which will hold up to your hardest shots. In addition to being durable, it is also very light weight, and can be separated into halves, which makes it easier to transport. The Rick O’Shay is fastened to the net with bungee cords that fit between molded channels, which provide a shield against shots.
The most obvious difference between the Rick O’Shay and most other hockey targeting systems is the fact that the Rick O’Shay is a 3-dimensional model. This design gives a more realistic shooting experience, and provides for infinite rebound possibilities. One of my favorite design features is the glove pocket. If you’re trying to go upper right, and miss, your puck might land in the goalie’s glove, stopping play while you fish it out. The Rick O’Shay also features a more “up-to-date” hole set-up, which more closely resembles the open areas you’d see against a butterfly goalie.
All in all, the Rick O’Shay is a great targeting system, and is especially useful in drop-in situations where goalies can be scarce. It’s not quite as portable as a roll-up target, but it’s much more realistic. So it could be a great option if portability isn’t a huge deal to you.
Click Here for a printout of the hockey plyometrics diagram used in the video.
Plyometric training is a great way to increase your leg strength and explosiveness, which will contribute to improved hockey speed and skating power. There are many different plyometric exercises and routines out there. This video outlines one of my favorite methods for developing that leg strength and explosive power that all hockey players need. I’ve had a lot of success with this routine, but I’m interested to know what other plyometric exercises you may have seen or used in the past.
PS: Here is a link where you can purchase your own set of plyometric boxes. These aren’t exactly the same as the ones I have, but they will definitely do the trick. This place lets you mix and match sizes ranging from 6″ up to 42″ – Click Here to check it out.