Drawing the fine line between grace and power
Hockey demands an unnatural mode of locomotion," says Peter Twist, conditioning coach of the Vancouver Canucks. "We're made to run and jump, not to support ourselves on blades of steel three-eighths of an inch thick." Indeed, whether you play pickup on a
pond or an organized game indoors, the sport incorporates many unique maneuvers—like the one where you pull the tail of a guy's jersey over his head and pummel his midsection.
ONE-LEGGED DUMBBELL RAISE
Standing on one leg, lift a dumbbell straight out to the side with the opposite arm. "You'll see every muscle in your leg firing," says Twist. "Even around your ankles. It's incredible." Do 15 lifts, repeat on the opposite side, and then complete two more sets.
Bridge your body on a Swiss ball; your shoulders should be balanced on the ball and your feet planted on the floor, knees bent. Then have a partner toss a six-pound medicine ball to either side for you to catch. Toss it back. Do three sets of ten, alternating sides.
Set up five cans of soup, two feet apart from one another in a horizontal line. Starting at the right end with the cans in front of you, shuffle all the way left, hop in front of the line, and then shuffle all the way right. Now, zigzag through the cans going one direction and then the other. For the drill's final leg, hurdle each can from the side,
crossing your feet over one another as you go. Repeat the entire sequence three times.