How to Choose a Hockey Training DVD

Step-by-step Instructions

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Step 1

Step one in choosing the right hockey training dvd for you is in determining your desired level of training. Be it beginner, intermediate, professional or expert, each training dvd follows a step-by-step process that is designed to build you up through each level.

Step 2

Step two in choosing the right hockey dvd for you is to decide what type of training you wish to do. Dvd’s for dryland training, on-ice training and theory training are all available. When coupled with your skill level, choosing what type of training you wish to do will help you narrow down which training dvd is right for you.

Step 3

Step three in choosing the right hockey training dvd for you is deciding which specific skill set and/or area of the body you wish to work on. Although there are a variety of general training dvds, individual skill sets and physical strengthening routines are available for every position and age range. (For more information on specific training dvds, consult the special attention section below.)

Step 4

Step four in choosing the right hockey training dvd for you is to carefully follow the included instructions. Each and every hockey training dvd will require a requisite amount of training and experience in order to achieve the desired results, so while following the first 3 steps will allow you to narrow down your selection and focus, following the rules and instructions and being in the right physical shape is paramount in attaining successful results.

Special Attention

Difficulties people often experience or parts that need special attention to do it right.

Specific training dvds usually focus on the following skills; theory, agility, "deking"/stick-handling, skating, shooting, passing and checking. The dvds listed above serve as an example of the vast array of choices available.

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Growing up as a hockey player you first learn how to practice. In doing so, you develop the needed skills to play the game; skating, shooting, stick-handling, etc. Practice is the essential tool in developing into a better hockey player, yet historically was quite often limited to the ice. Before the inclusion of off-ice (dry-land) training, player's rarely took the time to develop their skills away from the rink and so with the advent and inclusion of dry-land training into a hockey player's regimen, practicing and maintaining skill level and conditioning transformed into year round tasks that professionals adhere to in order to be their best.

When did you first do this & how did you get started?

I, like many other youngsters, first learned the fundamentals of hockey as a novice, skating through cones and simply learning how to push a puck around the ice. As I developed those initial skills, I was turned onto dry-land training techniques by a friend. He taught me how to play the game of "blind" catch in which you throw a ball against that your opponent must catch it (This can be played by yourself or with a friend). This off-ice or dry-land training technique (or game) helps develop hand-eye coordination, a skill that, once developed, directly translates into improved stick-handling. This revelation helped me seek out further methods of dry-land training and taught me to consider practice as a combination of both on and off-ice training.

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