The history of ice hockey dates back to the early 1800’s. Since then, the sport has gone through multiple changes and alterations in terms of rules and criteria. Despite all those changes that have taken place in the last couple of centuries, one thing that is still in its original form is the philosophy regarding the player’s physique, health, and training.
What was believed in the early phases of development is still being followed fanatically. All ice hockey players, whether amateur or pro, are supposed to go through extensive training and intense ice hockey workouts. The idea is to keep them in a position to give consistent and improved performance every time they step on the rink.
Ice hockey is all about skating, dodging opponents, supporting team members, stretching different muscles, pulling across the edges, and making use of all the force and stamina that one possesses. It clearly indicates the need of having excellent senses, robust muscles, and a strong heart that can bear such high levels of pressure.
Beginners may easily get breathless in case they haven’t gone through adequate pre-season training and workout. Ice hockey drills will indeed leave them exhausted at the end of the practice session. It is therefore recommended to keep a perfectly balanced diet and adequate training program for the sport. A person with a weak heart cannot have a long-term commitment in ice hockey.
However, it is not to suggest that only the strong candidates can pass the filter to reach the top line on their team. Instead, it should be noted that it is essential to perform pre-season training to reach the level that most amateur player’s dream of. Cardiovascular training enables them to achieve the strength that can help them complete the game without getting into a troublesome situation.
Some of the easiest and inexpensive options for cardiovascular training are running, jogging, swimming, mountain biking, road biking, hiking, etc. Such activities will not cost you as much as getting into a professional gym does. Besides, these training methods will also give you the opportunity to get out of the ice rinks’ ambiance. Dry-land training is totally different from on-ice training. However, the objective of both remains the same, i.e. to prepare the players for live competition.
While players may get fed-up of being in the same ice rink for as long as 7-8 months, multiple cardiovascular training methods will allow them to enjoy other places and environments. It will not only prove to be a nice change off-season, but will still be some sort of learning that they can refer to when they are back in the game.
For instance, running and jogging increase the heart rate, cycling helps to attain limb power and the ability to make fast movements, swimming is good for building muscle, hiking trains the players to make calculated movements and keeps the feet in control when on uneven/slippery surfaces, and so on. Each cardiovascular exercise mentioned above helps in body building and improves the capacity to perform several aerobic and anaerobic activities involved in ice hockey.