Common Hockey Training Mistake with Maria Mountain

Common Hockey Training Mistake

It is July and I am talking about ice hockey.

I know, it is a little strange.

But I am from Canada and we talk hockey 365 days a year.

When I go to my fitness mastermind meetings, I always talk hockey with Maria Mountain, who does a lot of hockey training.

In the below video she shares with you a common hockey training mistake.

Rick Kaselj


I am down here in sunny and windy San Diego at a Fitness Mastermind. One of the members here is Maria Mountain and I have seen her all over the place. I have seen her in Orange County, Costa Mesa, Vegas, and Vancouver, and when we see each other at the meetings we do a video.

We are going to do a video on hockey training, and a mistake that hockey players make when it comes to training that leads to muscle imbalances and that can increase the risk of injury.

Rick Kaselj: But first I will get Maria to introduce herself and we will talk about that mistake that leads to muscle imbalances.

Maria Mountain: Great, thanks, Rick. My name is Maria Mountain, I am a strength conditioning coach who specializes in training hockey players. My website is, that’s where you can find tons of hockey training tips.

Rick Kaselj: Okay. Early this morning when we were having breakfast with the rest of the group we got talking about hockey training.

And the mistake that you often see hockey players make when it comes to their training is they oftentimes focus too much on one thing and they should be focusing on another. Maybe you can explain that a little bit more.

Maria Mountain: Yeah. The mistake that I see that a lot of players do and you are trying to do the right thing because you are thinking “Okay, I want to be a more powerful skater,” “I want to be more stable on my feet” or “I want to be more explosive” so you train a lot of that stride movement which is hip extension and abduction. You overtrain that which neglects your adductors, your growing muscles.

You tend to stretch adductors because they feel tight and then you tend to strengthen the muscles on the other side when they do need to be strong. They need to learn how to work together as part of the system and not just kind of being weak and flexible. They do need flexibility but they need to also be strong.

So think of your training as not just pushing but also pulling that leg back in. Just think of the recovery on your strides so you take a nice powerful pushing you recover that leg.

A really simple exercise that anyone can do with a bungee or a cable that is just being attached around your ankle is doing a sort of a pull-in, so a recovery stride against resistance, and that would help build some strength in a functional way you know as adductor muscles.

Rick Kaselj: Okay, awesome. Where can people get more information about you, Maria?

Maria Mountain: The best place to go is There is tons of stuff up there, some goal-specific stuff and skater’s specific stuff. So you can just look up whatever applies to you.

Rick Kaselj: Awesome. So this is Rick Kaselj and Maria coming to you in San Diego.

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Rick Kaselj, MS

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