My specialty is in building strong, fast, powerful, and injury resistant athletes. I use many different techniques to do this. My lessons are taken from powerlifting, Olympic lifting, Strongman, old school training, track and field, specialized grip training, kettlebell training, America's best strength coaches, and many Iron Curtain scientists. There is nothing that I won't try if it fits into an athlete's regimen at a given time and if it suits that athlete (and is safe). I've even used bodybuilding, although typically as a cautionary tale.
Realizing that hockey only requires the player to carry a lightweight stick I will concede that there is little value in the ability to walk with 700 lbs on your back. However, the benefits to joint stability will go a long way in aiding athletes in injury prevention. Powerful legs and a strong torso also play large roles in the ability to drive shots and benefit the athlete in the refined and civilized art of body checking. Standing with a heavy load, as in a squat or deadlift lockout, puts great stress on the torso stabilizing muscles. When you step and walk with heavy loads, you are moving out with one leg at a time. This shifts the weight back and forth through both sides of the body. The core stability required to move with extremely heavy weights is above and beyond anything you could possibly encounter doing standard lifts.
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