All posts by Mike Pickles, CPT, D.FHP, Founder, Dry-land Hockey Training

Male vs. Female Hockey Players — Should Training Methods Differ?

When it comes to training male and female hockey players, I don’t use any special exercises or programs that differ between the two sexes. My experience and research over the years hasn’t […]

Top Off-Season Cross-Training Activities For Hockey Players

One of the best cross-training activities I can think of is hiking. Whether it’s the famous Grouse Grind in Vancouver or any other challenging climb, hiking keeps the legs, lungs […]

7 Amazing Power Foods for Competition

One of the most important aspects of enhancing athletic performance in young hockey players is the practice of proper nutrition habits. Proper nutrition is the key to increased energy and […]

Celebrating Great Coaches

In my years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach, I’ve known many sport coaches — some good ones and some, well, not so good. Nothing is more refreshing […]

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3 Ways To Help Your Kids Discover Their True Athletic Potential

Working with young athletes over the years has really helped me to understand the impact that parents, coaches and trainers can have on a child’s future success in sports. This […]

5 Easy Fitness Activities Parents Can Do During the Pre-game Hour

With busy family and work schedules, it can be difficult to find time for fitness and leisure activities of your own. However, in addition to reaping the much-deserved personal rewards […]

Game Ready — Understanding motivation and the relationship between player mindset and ability

Another hockey season is upon us, and I’m sure parents and players have entered it with feelings of both excitement and anxiousness. As a strength and conditioning coach who is […]

The Risks and Rewards of In-season Dry-land Training

Dry-land is an essential part of team fitness. It’s important, though, to make sure it doesn’t become counterproductive. Here are two things to be aware of

Game Ready — Understanding motivation and the relationship between player mindset and ability

Another hockey season is upon us, and I’m sure parents and players have entered it with feelings of both excitement and anxiousness. As a strength and conditioning coach who is […]

Preseason Testing

Without pre-season testing on and off the ice coaches can be left at a loss trying to figure out how to help a player improve. On-ice coaches and strength coaches need to make sure they are communicating to give players a better opportunity for long-term success and performance.

Fitness Activities for Dad and Kids

Summer is the perfect time to get outside and get active with your kids. My dad and I created great memories keeping fit together during the off-season. Today I’m sharing a few of my favourite activities I shared with my dad growing up.

Passion Fuelled by Patriotism

Our men’s hockey team this year is stacked once again with many new additions. Although this year I won’t be sitting in a pub with my buddies watching team Canada games, I’ll be getting up super early in the morning, or staying up super late at night to watch games being playing from all the way over in Sochi.