Professional athletes are in better shape than ever, and that is largely due to a more regimented training plan, especially in the offseason.
Players still like to have fun, there isn’t nearly as much time off from hockey as it seems for these players. Most of them spend a couple weeks away from training in the offseason to relax and spend time with family, but things rev back up pretty quickly. With the ability to share this training on social media, we also get a peek at what some of them are doing to take the next step forward next season.
Many younger players may not know exactly what they should be doing to train in the offseason, but the videos below might give you an idea. For example, in Connor Carrick’s post below, he mentions that he “Had a Dad at Arctic Ice Arena yesterday tell [him] his son started doing ladder drills in the living room after watching the last [workout video].”
So, whether you just want to see some of the crazy routines of players in the NHL, you’re looking for ideas to train yourself as a hockey player or just looking for some fitness inspiration, here are some of the craziest NHL offseason workouts posted on social media.
Connor Carrick – Workout Compilation
As we mentioned above, Carrick has already had some people reach out to him about the inspiration that his videos provided their son. This is one of the best displays of explosiveness we’ve seen in any NHL player’s workouts and it’s obvious how this would translate to the ice.
Michael Grabner – Out-of-Water Box Jump
This definitely isn’t a regular workout, but it’s a crazy display of athleticism.
Jakob Chychrun – Sitting Box Jump
How is this even possible…
Michael Del Zotto – Earthquake Military Press
While it may not look like the heaviest weight to be lifting, Del Zotto has plenty of videos on his Instagram showing off feats of strength. However, this is one of the more interesting exercises he does that is sure to improve your stability and strength.
Leon Draisaitl – Sled Pushes
Sled pushes are excruciating, but there’s no doubt they’ll help him in some board battles next season.
Kris Letang – Agility Race vs. Jakub Voracek
While a lot of these exercises show off the brute strength of these players, this is a great example of their elite agility. It looks like they’re doing this on fast forward.
Mitch Marner – Single Legged Squats & Sled Pushes
Mitch Marner has clearly been working on getting bigger and stronger in the offseason.
Nic Petan – Beach Agility Training
If you’ve ever tried to run on sand, you’ll understand what it does to your agility. Trying to make quick cuts and turns is way more difficult and tiring.