As some of you know I played hockey while I was growing up and continued to play men’s league or beer league hockey until a few years ago when I had to give it up, because the games are too late and I’ve been devoting most of my time to growing Fitness For Freedom and my family. Playing late night hockey was starting to wear me down and burn me out. So I hadn’t played for a few years when I recently got the call to fill in, ‘Hey, Jonny we have an 8:30 game this Thursday, you think you could make it?’ to which I responded, ‘Gordo, that is the only day and time that is even possible, so I’ll do it.’
It was only a couple days away which didn’t give me much time to train, if you’ve ever played hockey after an extended absence you know that it doesn’t matter how many leg exercises you do, hockey makes your legs a different kind of sore no matter what and my Friday morning squash game was already feeling it. So on the Wednesday night instead of doing a race pace run on a flat surface like I usually do, I ran to the quarry by my house and did interval wind sprints up and down the hill, 10 times at which point I almost vomited and decided to call it a night. The next day when I hit the ice I felt like a million bucks, I could skate well and my legs were only mildly sore at the end of the game, which for me is unheard of after such a long time off, and I attribute it to the hills I ran the day before and it also got me thinking. Hardly anyone does hill training which is unfortunate because there are so many benefits than just not being sore after your hockey game the next day, so day we have the Top 3 reasons everybody she incorporate hills into their training program no matter what.
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