New hockey programs starting in 2020.
HOCKEY TRAINING - FRC, Increase STRENGTH, SPEED, POWER, ENDURANCE, CONDITIONING
Melissa Bourdeau is a dry-land strength/speed coach and mobility specialist who offers Kinstretch and athletic development.
Melissa has been very active in the field of sports performance over a few years. She started with competitive figure skating, switched to competitive hockey and has been working with all level athletes (from novice to Olympic Gold Medalists). She’s been working with hockey players for over 10 years, understands what a hockey athlete needs to work on, and offers a system that most trainers in the Ottawa area do not offer.
Melissa is the owner of EVO Studio in Orleans, Ontario, a facility that also provides consultation services, group classes and personal training.
For Melissa, sports performance is a training of the body and the mind to prepare athletes of all levels. Unlike broader general fitness approaches, she will design and implement training specific to each sport and position played by the individual. She works with athletes to improve movement technique, decrease the risk of injury, optimize overall performance, and work mental focus.
The focus is to enhance the athlete’s performance and to develop a sport-specific strength and conditioning program that increases the athlete’s overall athleticism – strength, agility, speed, power, coordination and balance as it relates to the sport in which they compete.
WHAT IS FRC?? = FUNCTIONAL RANGE CONDITIONING
What is Kinstretch/Functional Range Conditioning? MANY high level athletes + NHL are now using this training!
Kinstretch is a system that every athlete should be adding to their training!
It is a training that enhances abilities as an athlete. It is a movement enhancement that develops maximum body control, flexibility and usable ranges of motion. It is designed to promote articular health, improve mobility and refine movement necessary for the demands of your sport.
Basically, it’s a regular workout for your mobility and body control that’s designed to improve your starting point every week.
Hockey players tend to be very stiff in specific areas of the body, so their coaches will often send them to yoga to make them move more dynamically. It’s not that yoga’s not great, but it’s not specific enough to achieve the result that people desire. It’s largely a pursuit of passive flexibility, and basic human physiology states that you cannot achieve active results with passive training. The intensity is so low that a true strengthening effect isn’t being attained, since strength requires muscular efforts nearing eighty percent of a person’s maximum voluntary contraction. The body may learn to be more “bendable,” but the nervous system is never taught to maximally activate the muscles in the extended ranges, which is required for a sport like hockey.
Take that hockey player who wants to move more dynamically, to display more motion or more range of motion. What they need is to get to these ranges of motion and maximally create neurological control of them.