Monthly archives: October, 2012

An Interview with Nelson Ayotte of the St. Louis Blues

In my continuing series of interviewing NHL strength and conditioning coaches, I was able to speak with Nelson Ayotte of the St. Louis Blues. Nelson has been working with the Blues for close to a decade, and he has also worked with a number of athletes from a wide variety of other sports during his…




The Inchworm: The Best Core Exercise You Aren’t Doing

Trying to find “the best” core exercise is a pursuit common to most gym-goers. Sit ups? Crunches? Something with a medicine ball? Using an ab wheel? How about the inchworm?…




An Interview with Fitness Coach Andy O’Brien

I recently had the opportunity to interview Andy O’Brien. If by chance you haven’t heard of Andy before, he is quite prominent in the world of sports training (and hockey training, in particular). Our interview covered a wide range of topics, from fitness, to nutrition, to his star client Sidney Crosby, and we even found…



Nike Hockey Training: The Program Review

If you want a comprehensive hockey training program but don’t know where to start, Nike put a program together in conjunction with Gary Roberts and Matt Nichol. It’s thorough and easy to follow. I’ll share my thoughts on it in greater detail below….



Hockey: Improve Your Shot Off the Ice

A faster or more accurate shot is often the difference between the AHL or  the NHL, the third line or the top line, or a multi-million dollar salary compared to the league minimum for a hockey player. Even if you are just playing rec hockey once a week, an improved shot will mean a few…




An Interview with Anaheim Ducks Strength Coach Sean Skahan

Continuing my interview series with NHL strength & conditioning coaches, I spoke with Anaheim Ducks coach Sean Skahan (@SeanSkahan) last week. Sean has been working with the Ducks for a decade, having including the Stanley Cup championship in 2006-07. We discussed the changes in training hockey players over the past decade, who the fittest Ducks…