24 August, 2010

Like You Mean It

Today is another day where we are focusing on cardio and your core. The reasoning behind this method of preparation is both simple and a little unique. Most people will carry on about cardio being all about burning calories, assisting in losing and maintaining weight, or keeping you and your vital organs(all of them) in best working order. While all of these things are important, I believe that there are some other important reasons for a cardio workout and that is what we are going to focus on. We are going to approach this similarly to the way that I prefer to train people for marathons. Don't let that word scare you, I am not suggesting 26 miles. The concept is that if you can keep your body moving for the time that you will need to complete the given task, you should have no problem completing it when it is game time. The truth is that most of the things I am talking about have nothing to do with most of your body. It is all in your head. Your body was designed to do whatever you need it to do. It is up to your mind to make it do it. The problem that we run into is that a game is roughly 60 min long. That means that you want to be able to go for at least 90 min. to 120min. just in case you have to go into overtime or play games back to back, which can certainly happen. Today we are going to look at about 60min. worth of time that your workout will take to complete. To get the best results, you need to approach this in a minute by minute way. Every minute of a game is not only important, it is special. It should mean something. The way you workout should be treated the same way. Why?
This is the time that you are dedicating to yourself to improve. This is the time that you can focus yourself on whatever you choose to. This is also the time that you are proving to the women that you have the honor of skating with that you feel they are important as well as your joint success as a team. This is about integrity, accountability, pride, and dignity. Make the most of it and make every step count. Make this mean something! So let's get on with Tuesdays workout!

5 min. warm up
45 min. of moderate cardio( this means working hard enough that you can't talk in complete sentences without pausing to breath)
3x 10 straight arm twists
3x 10 wood chops( each side)
2x 10 3 sec. superman
2x 15 side crunches (obliques) (each side)
2x 25 bicycle crunches
5 min. cool down




  1. J: Do you take requests? I need some exercises to strengthen my shoulders and back. I keep visiting the chiro practor after getting hit and my neck goes out. I need to strengthen the muscles that support that..

    any suggestions? If you don't take requests, I certainly understand.

    And thanks, again, for the great workouts.

  2. I think I can probably take requests. We need to focus a little more on upper body strength anyway. Like you said, taking a hit also takes quite a toll on your body. One other thing that you may consider along with your chiropractor and some strength training is a good massage. This will help take the tension out of the muscles that are currently imbalanced and help you become less prone to injury. It will also mean you won't have to see your chiropractor as often as the muscles will not pull your bones out of alignment as easily. Check out the blog tomorrow and we will discuss more upper body/ shoulder/neck/back strength!