Off ice hockey training is becoming more popular among youth players in recent years but many players of all ages still ignore this critical aspect of hockey development. Elite players have always done off-ice training, as they and their coaches understand the benefits that dry land training can have on the ice. Here are three reasons you can’t afford to leave dry-land training out of your development.
1) Dry land training improves muscular endurance, speed, power and agility without the need for ice time.
Dry land training gives you an opportunity to work on critical areas of your game even when you’re not on the ice. While the movements are different on the ground than on the ice, the benefits are the same. Dry land training like running and plyometrics help you build speed, endurance, power and agility, any time of year, whether you have access to ice or not.
2) Ice time isn’t cheap. Dry land training can cost you nothing.
Ice time is very expensive. Even in a town with an abundance of rinks, ice rental will usually run at least $100 an hour. Simply relying on your