What Hockey Training Program Is Best For Me?

In the beginning of the HockeyTraining.com days, it was really simple, all that was available was an off-season training program. When you off-season came around, you jumped on it, and that was that.

Easy-peasy.

But, as the years went on our community of hockey players kept getting larger and larger and word was getting out about what kind of results people were getting on the off-season system. Because of this boost in recognition, we had a lot more attention on our brand and programs. The only point of contention was that this attention wasn’t just from a single demographic, far from it.

Today, we are proud to have:

  • Extremely competitive hockey players looking to reach their maximum potential
  • Youth hockey players all the way from 6 to 13 years old
  • Hockey Mom’s and Hockey Dad’s
  • Coaches looking to enhance their education
  • Adult Men’s and Women’s League hockey players
  • College and Highschool athletes
  • Recreational “weekend warrior” hockey players

And everybody in between.

And because we are dedicated to providing the hockey industry with the best programs and education available (and not just one particular group), we needed to adapt and create programs that are most suitable for each and every player out there.

Why?

Because everybody can’t run the same program—physiology just doesn’t work that way. If you train a youth athlete the same way you train a Men’s League player, you’re confusing the hierarchy of priorities on what is going to create the most meaningful impact on hockey performance at those different stages of life.

Today, I want to clear up the confusion for some of you who may want to train like a hockey player but are still unsure what program to pick and what is going to best suit your current needs.

This blog is not meant to be read in its entirety, simply scroll down and find the statement that best matches you.

The No-Brainer Option

The standout “No-Brainer” option to me is the brand-new VIP All-Access membership we have here at Hockey Training. This is undeniably the best product offer we have and it suitable for every single person reading this blog right now.

Why?

Because it includes every single program we have ever created. Meaning, no matter who you are or where you’re at right now, there is a program available for you that’s going to suit your needs in the VIP members area.

The value that’s packed into that member’s area is easy worth $5000+, and that’s not even including the bonuses of being a VIP member such as being a part of a monthly Q/A with myself, getting access to new content earlier then everyone else, receiving VIP-only content and workouts on a monthly basis, and access to the secret Facebook group we have created for VIP members only for continued support directly from myself and Kevin.

If you’re serious about becoming the best hockey player, or, you want to get something that your entire family can use to support their hockey performance needs, then the VIP membership is exactly what you need.

What Should I Get if I Want to Be A Faster Skater?

In this case, the Next Level Speed program is going to be your best option.

The Next Level Speed program is most applicable for hockey players who are 14 years old and up and are looking for an excellent speed program that they can add to their current resistance training program.

But, this program by itself does not include weight training workouts. It is a much more direct approach to speed development spanning several months if you go through the full program. You will be performing medicine ball work, sprint variations, mobility exercises, agility training, and aerobic-based tempo runs.

Thus, this program is best added to a resistance training program for maximum results. Also, don’t forget, if you’re not conditioned your not fast. So, it’s best if you hop on the Next Level Conditioning program as well.

What Should I Get if I Want to Get Better at Everything?

Well, the most complete package available is the VIP program.

But to talk about the programs directly, the Off-season Domination program and the In-season High-Performance program are both your answers to an “all-in-one” hockey training program. These programs do not need to be mixed with any other program we have here at Hockey Training.

These programs are complete standalone’s. Meaning, they are six month periodized hockey training programs that have all of your weight training, speed work, conditioning, mobility, recovery, nutrition, and education built right into them in a logical and sequential manner to continuously progress you in performance as the program goes on.

Adding more work to these programs is like pouring water into a glass that’s already full, you won’t get any more results out of doing that.

These programs are best suited for ages 14 and up, but beyond this, they are tough programs. The athletes going through these systems should be emotionally mature, ready to do some serious work, and truly care about becoming a better hockey player. If you want to coast and relax, these programs are not for you.

I Have a Young Son/Daughter, Can They Train?

Yes, they absolutely can and should.

If you have ever worried about the safety of training youth athletes or heard bad things from local parents, I shot a video on this a while back that I would highly suggest you watch. The myths that youth training is bad for our kids are long dead within the real scientific literature, and only exist today in the form of false myths.

But of course, just because it’s safe for them doesn’t mean you can treat them like little adults – they’re not.

They are at a totally different skeletal and hormonal development stage, not to mention the careful considerations that need to be taken towards their nutrition and psychology (i.e. making it fun) during this stage.

If your little hockey player is between the ages of 6 and 13, the Youth Hockey Training program is going to be perfect for them. I feel this program is the best “base” program any youth athlete could ever run before they move into a more advanced system (you have to build the foundation first before you add more stuff on top!). Beyond this, there is also an incredible amount of explanation behind youth training science and youth specific nutrition recommendations for the parents to go through as well.

If you have a more mature youth athlete who you feel is ready for a little harder work, I would consider the Youth In-Season Program a more advanced system that’s more applicable for the 12-14 years old audience, or, they could also use the  “Follow Along” At-Home Workout System and Bodyweight Only Hockey training programs as well.

I’m A Little Older and Don’t Have A Ton of Time to Train Because Of Family and Career Obligations, But I Still Want to Be A Better Hockey Player, Do You Have Anything for Me?

Absolutely, the Men’s League Domination training program is the perfect fit for this audience.

This program requires only 3 days per week of resistance training and all of the workouts can be completed in less than an hour. But, don’t let the three days per week deter you, the results from our Men’s League players on this system have been phenomenal.

Everywhere Men’s Leaguers are dropping body fat, getting stronger, getting faster, and scoring more goals.

Why?

Because training like a hockey player is a lot different than just exercising. Plenty of people get their weekly exercise in, but very few train through a periodized system for the specific purposes of getting a harder shot, becoming a faster skater, being harder to knock off the puck, and improving overall athletic outputs.

Beyond this, there are built-in “optional” speed and conditioning days so if you have the ability to train with a greater frequency, or just have a good week where you have more time than usual away from work and family life – you can hit these bonus workouts up for added speed and conditioning benefits.

This program is most applicable for the 25 years old and up crowd looking to get in great shape and improve their hockey performance, but don’t have the time to fulfill a program as serious as the Off-season Domination system.

One last note, I know some of you Men’s Leaguers out there want to prioritize skating speed and total body fat loss, so I created the Men’s League 1-Month Blitz to fit exactly those needs. Expect some hard work to be done, but expect to have a new body once you get on the other side of this system.

What’s a Program I Can Use to Get A Harder Shot?

The program we have exclusively dedicated to shot power is the Lighting The Lamp Program.

I am a huge fan of this program because you can add it to any program that you’re currently doing. The workouts in this program are what I would refer to as “penalty-free volume”

Meaning, although you are getting more benefits out of these workouts, they really don’t tap into your recovery reserves at all. When workouts are designed like this, you can add them to any workout plan or add them as “finishers” to your current hockey training program.

We had a hockey player increase his shot power by 10mph in a single offseason doing these workouts, so if this description fits the bill for you, you have to check it out. This program is ideal for any hockey players ages 14 and up who want to put some serious power on their shot.

I Don’t Have Any Equipment and Want to Train at Home, Can I Still Train Like A Hockey Player?

Definitely, in fact, our Bodyweight Only program and the At-Home Follow Along hockey training system are a couple of our most popular programs here at Hockey Training.

These programs are designed for the folks who don’t have access to a gym or any fancy equipment, but still want to train hard, get results, and become a better hockey player. These programs also make for an excellent option if you are traveling, on-the-road, or can’t make it to the gym one day for whatever reason but still want to get a workout in.

The Follow Along program is set up like a p90x program where you do the workout right along with us and I coach and motivate you through the whole thing. The body weight program, on the other hand, is a complete 3-Month training program designed for you to be able to do in your own home and become a better a better hockey player.

Don’t let the bodyweight-only thing confuse you, these programs are no joke. Although they can be performed by youth athletes, I only recommend them for youth if the athlete has demonstrated a true commitment to hockey performance and a real emotional maturity towards hard training. Besides that, these programs are applicable to anybody (including adults), anywhere, anytime.

I’m a Goalie, Are There Any Goalie Specific Systems?

You bet, the Engineered Shutouts program was designed specifically for hockey goalies.

The unfortunate reality is that there just really isn’t a lot of good content out there for goalie-specific training, and yet goalies should be training totally different than the forwards or defensemen. Goalies need to be incredibly mobile, they have a different conditioning need, they need to be very explosive, and their reaction time needs to be at an elite level every time they step on the ice.

It doesn’t take a sports scientist to realize that goalies shouldn’t be training on the same program as the rest of their team, their needs-analysis is totally different. That’s why I put together the Engineered Shutouts program to give goalies a periodized training and nutrition system to take them to the next level.

Beyond this, I’ve even included a goalie-specific nutrition protocol that I want you to use on a game day to improve your reaction time and get you “in the zone” faster and better than ever before.

This program includes very hard training and is built in a way to create optimal results for goalies, and therefore is advisable only for goalies ages 14 and up.

That wraps up this post about which hockey training is best for you.  To learn more about each program click on the links to each within the article or visit our hockey training programs page.

About the author

Dan Garner

Dan (or Coach Garner) is the head strength and conditioning coach and nutritional specialist at HockeyTraining.com. He holds 12 of the top certifications in both training and nutrition, as well as a formal education in both functional medicine and health science. Dan specializes in hockey performance, having worked with hundreds of athletes from the youth leagues, right up to juniors, AHL, KHL, and NHL.

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