There is a huge difference between training and exercising.
Exercising is just being physically active. You’re doing your body weight workout and burning calories. Or, you’re going to the gym.
On the other hand, training is using the training principles that are severely woven into the science of program design and organizing both a progressively difficult training schedule and program in order to achieve a certain goal.
To put it another way, training is specific, exercise is random. Exercise is all well and good for folks wanting to build some muscle, improve their health, or burn body fat. Nothing wrong with that.
If you’re a hockey player, just because you’re exercising doesn’t mean it’s going to affect your on-ice performance. You have to be using certain systems, periodization schedules, and movements that correspond with the exact demands of hockey performance. Remember, you’re in the gym to be better hockey players. You’re not in the gym just to be a better gym-person.
Is Bodyweight Hockey Training Worth It?
Bodyweight hockey specific training can be a good tool for the days you can’t get to the gym, are super pressed for time, or you’re on the road.
Also, they can be a good tool for the younger hockey players who might not have access to the same type of machinery an adult would have access to.
Even though body weight training isn’t as effective for hockey performance as training with a bunch of equipment is, it isn’t ineffective. Bodyweight training has been around for some time and has gotten some pretty amazing results.
These programs can very effective in increasing your strength, power output, performance, fat loss results, and muscle mass. Not to mention they are the ideal methods for enhancing your speed and conditioning out on the ice.
Most people’s roadblocks come with body weight work since they don’t know how to make things gradually more difficult, and they don’t know which exercises will bring them the best bang for their buck.