In-Season Training for Ice Hockey: A Parent’s Guide

It’s late September and hockey is in full swing.  Minor hockey and junior teams have just started their seasons.  While the pro leagues (in North America) are still a few weeks away, many hockey players have now entered the in-season training portion of their competitive schedule.

So how is in-season training different?  What should you look […]

Taking the Time

In our culture of fast paced, technology driven, high speed, no waiting for anything, instant gratification, how often does that mentality creep into our training sessions? There is no doubt that the High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) fad is in full swing in the fitness industry, but are cultural trends deafening the sound that sport […]

Exercise of the month- Romanian Deadlift

Today I would like to introduce to you the all so under-rated exercise that is the Deadlift’s cousin, the Romanian Deadlift!  And since it has a European country in its name it has to be great doesn’t it?!  This is also known as a stiff legged deadlift, but Romanian sounds so much more bad ass.

Let […]

When A Strength Coach Becomes A Joint Mechanic…

“I played everything. I played lacrosse, baseball, basketball, soccer, track and field. I was a big believer that you played hockey in the winter and when the season was over you hung up your skates and played something else.”~Wayne Gretzky
As if this quote from The Great One isn’t enough to get your attention! This topic […]

The Science and Art Of Coaching

FMS.  SFMA.  PRI.  DNS.  NKT.  Most reading this blog will have no idea what these letters stand for, nor any clue on how they can be beneficial to them.  To clarify, these are acronyms for some of the most popular certifications available to us in the health & performance industry.  It is clear that formal […]

FAI Exercises

So far we have shared with you a video that introduced you to Core Muscle Injury (CMI)/Athletic Pubagia & Femoral Acetabular Impingement (FAI).  We followed that up with an in-depth scientific article that explained in clinical terms what these injuries are, and then blew your mind with Coach Rowe’s views on how he handles these […]

Jingle Bells and Barbells

With the holidays upon us, mixed with the cold weather and potential snow here in Kelowna, the idea of safety came to mind. Recently at the Aspire Training Centre I have been working with athletes and clients who are new to lifting and or dealing with shoulder issues. With many new, eager athletes present at […]

Serratus Your Balls and Sockets

In a previous post (here) I wrote about how the serratus anterior can change rib cage position, which can change pelvic position, which will allow better position for the glutes to fire, and, thus, function more optimally. I want to continue that train of thought today, but instead of starting at serratus and going down, […]

Lifestyle Clients Are Our Lifeblood

Man, this industry is tough. I know that each of us could make a claim that our industry is tough. I’m still a relative newbie in the field of strength and conditioning; at least, I consider myself a newbie and feel I need so much more practice and experience. As time goes on and I […]

Train Power for Endurance?

A couple of months ago you I spoke to you about the reasons for including power in your training. This week I thought I would continue that thought with respect to endurance athletes… WHAT?! Yup, training power in endurance athletes is a strategy you can use to enhance your ability to run a marathon or […]