If your ready for an elite hockey training program, then you need to start training on synthetic ice plastic. plain and simple!
This unique polymer surface offers a slight resistance when compared to natural ice that you can use to your advantage and help you build a solid off-ice training program.
It provides "positive resistance training", that will help make you a stronger, faster, better conditioned athlete and player.
To make an analogy, think of it like the weighted "doughnut" a baseball player will throw on the bat head while taking their warm-up swings in the On Deck Circle.
This type of resistance training has been around forever and a growing trend in the hockey community that has become a mainstay throughout the industry and quickly moving it's way into many player's homes.
Elite hockey players have always been looking for new ways to improve their game and get a jump on the competition and synthetic ice training has proven itself as the ideal training tool!
Choosing the Right Synthetic Ice Surface:
Synthetic ice is a type of material that mimics the properties of real ice, making it ideal for practicing skating and stick-handling.
While it may not be exactly the same as playing on real ice, players quickly adjust to the surface after just a few minutes of skating and can make all the save maneuvers (hockey stops, mohawks, T-Stop) that they can on natural ice.
For Elite players it's important to select the right type of surface to train on that will will give them the most realistic "icelike" feel without losing their edge too quickly.
At PolyGlide Ice we have designed the ideal "Pro-Glide" infused synthetic ice panel that checks all the boxes and provides a solid-core surface that is durable and built to last all throughout any hockey players career!
By using synthetic ice, you can improve your skating speed and agility while also working on your shooting accuracy. Here are some tips to help you get you started and make the most out of of your elite hockey training
1 - Ice Time
The more time you spend training on the ice, the better you will become at skating and andvance your overall game.
Having easy and unlimited access to ice is a huge advantage to any hockey player looking to use this extra time to advance their skills by working on all their individual weaknesses.
With regards to the surface itself, the more you use and break it in, the better it skates as the slight imperfections form the skate ruts actually provide less contact with the skate blade and the surface
Keep in mind, being in cotrol of your own ice time is only advantage if you use it so be sure to plan out your schedule to allow yourself enough time to work on all your skills to round-out your game.
2 - Power Skating Drills
Power skating is a fundamental part of hockey and it is important to practice your skating drills regularly. This will help you improve your speed, agility and balance.
Implementing synthetic ice training at home allows you to improve your skating technique regularly and push yourself to point of failure and get more comfortable on your edges.
Proper Technique: When skating on synthetic ice, be sure to keep your knees bent using a smooth, even stride. It's important to break down your stride to be sure your using the proper technique to maximize your results with the least amount of effort.
Having bad skating habits or improper stride can waste energy which in turn will have a negative impact on your performance.Focus your drills on improving your skating technique and speed.
Train ot the point of failure and see how low you can get to the ice. Don't be afraid to fall as it's all part of the learning process! The more you skate on synthetic ice, the more comfortable you will become.
3 - Stickhandling Drills
Stickhandling is an important skill for all hockey players to work on and can sometimes be hard to do once your leave your local rink.
The great thing about training on synthteic ice is you get to stickhandle with a regulation rubber puck which helps simulate real game conditions.
Stickhandling with a rubber puck on synthetic ice can is a great way to improve your hand-eye coordination and control in real game conditions which you wouldn't get with a dryland puck or golf ball.
Plan some small area stickhandling drills with cones using a rubber puck and implement it into your workout program and watch just how quickly your skills and speed advance as you get more comfortable with the puck.
4 - Shooting
In order to score goals, you need to be able to shoot the puck accurately so practice shooting regularly so that you can develop a good wrist shot and snap shot.
Synthetic ice is a great place to practice your shooting because, just like stickhandling it gives you a realistic feel for the game shooting a regulation rubber puck while wearing your skates.
The fact is that shooting with your skates on is a huge advantage than simply wearing sneakers while training as you want to continue those same gamelike conditions while working on all of your skills.
So set-up your targets and create some fast-moving drills and shoot on the fly not just while standling flat-footed as the key is to develop both quick hands and feet!
5 - Passing
In hockey, it's important to be able to pass the puck effectively as you're not the only person on the ice and it's also a skill that needs to be worked on so make sure not to overlook this.
This will help you set up your teammates for scoring opportunities and also create space for yourself on the ice when you don't have the puck.
Practice by setting up passing targets and implementing rebounders on the surface while working on your passing skills.
Remember, you can train mutilpe skills at the same time throughout any drill which will maximize the results of each workout and make the most of every minute you spend training on your synthetic ice surface.
6 - Get Creative
Get creative with your synthetic ice training program and come up with new ways to challenge yourself and improve your hockey skills.
Incorporate other types of training into your program that involve fun new ideas to help keep it fresh and motivate you to keep hitting the ice.
Research different training programs online by checking out different training techniques and see which ones may work for you.
Staying creative is a good way to keep your head in the game and on top of your skills as you continue to become a better hockey player.
7. Have fun!
Remember, hockey is a game and it should be fun!
Try not to take things too seriously and enjoy yourself while training and you'll find yourself enjoying the game even more.
They players that get the best results are the ones you have a hard time getting off the ice because they love it so much.
The more you enjoy it, the more likely you are to stick with it and see great results by advancing your skills at home and on the scoreboard.
As synthetic ice becomes more and more popular, more and more elite hockey players are using it to hone their skills and take their game to the next level.
As you can see, there are a large variety of skating and shooting drills that can be done on synthetic ice to help you maximize your skills and ability as a player.
If you want to be the best, you need to train like the best to play at an elite level and synthetic ice is a great tool thta provides you unlimited ice time right in the comfort of your own home.
Not only that you can use it all year round, it's super versitile, portable and way less expensive than refrigerated ice to set up!
So if you’re looking for a way to take your game to the next level, consider investing in a synthetic ice rink.
Check out our website for more information on our rink packages and start training today!