Simply going for runs will not get you fit for hockey
That's because there are so many different aspects of hockey fitness that is required
Endurance is just ONE part.
Think about this:
In a game when do you ever run for 5km in a straight line without changing speed or direction?
As a hockey player you also need:
🔥 Strength on the ball to maintain possession
🔥 Explosiveness to win the 50/50 balls
🔥 Speed to get past players and run back
🔥 Agility to react to changes of direction
🔥 Speed endurance to recover between sprints
🔥 Mobility to reduce your risk of injuries
🔥 Core stability to stay balanced
🔥 Quickness for better footwork
🔥 Optimum nutrition for higher energy levels
🔥 Recovery strategies to manage your body
But you cannot work on ALL of these things at the same time.
That's why you need a structured program
So that you can focus on the RIGHT THINGS at the right time of the season.
If you try to do TOO MUCH you may burn out,
And it could lead to overtraining
(which takes months to recover from)
OR EVEN WORSE...
And trust me, you don't want to get injured.
Imagine working so hard to reach your goals and then at the last minute getting injured.
That was me.
Injury is the reason I had to stop playing at international level.
I made several common fitness mistakes
And I failed to address the imbalances created from playing hockey (not knowing about them).
Most of the common injuries can be prevented with the right training.
Most personal trainers don't understand how to train hockey players and this often leads to making bad movement patterns worse.
RESULT = INJURY
Or they prescribe workouts that have very little transfer onto the hockey field
Which means you waste your time, energy and effort which lead to subpar results
And a decrease in motivation.