Oh what a game! Hockey players are without question some of the best conditioned athletes in competitive sports. Today’s players are not only highly skilled, but highly conditioned. Excellent stamina is 100% necessary. Good muscular strength (legs, chest, back, shoulders, and core) is another must.
I can recall a television commercial featuring Brett Hull – NHL player for (at that point) the St-Louis Blues. He said something that stuck with me all these years “If you want to be a winner, you got to think like a winner.” Athletes and non-athletes can benefit greatly from this concept.
Let’s break it down. Fitness is defined as the bodies’ ability to adapt to stress. The functional element to fitness can be described as the specific stress an individual wants to adapt to. For example – a football player (some positions more than others) require explosive strength, endurance, power, speed, agility and coordination.