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 […]

The Secret Benefit of Practicing Handstands (and Other Skills)

There is magic in learning tricks.

I could (and likely will as time goes on) write pages upon pages about the gains to be had from practicing the handstand. In terms of developing physical qualities, it’s awesome. Simply looking at the position our bodies maintain when we handstand it becomes somewhat obvious that balance, control, mobility, […]

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 […]

Baby Got Back

…Or they may be dealing with Extension/Compression Stabilization Strategy…

What does that even mean? Developed through the network of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) Dr. Pavel Kolar introduces a new perspective on intra abdominal pressure. Explained in great detail by Dr. Richard Ulm, the ECSS has been cued, coached and over performed by athletes so much now […]

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 […]

New Year, New You?

It’s that time of year that we will invariably see an overload of social media posts claiming “New Year, New You”.  To this I say malarkey.

New Year’s resolutions.  We’ve all made them.  We’ve all broken them.  It’s the time of year where we take stock in our deficiencies while we wallow in our self-induced hyperglycemic […]

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, […]