Vital Individual Performance offers several options for comprehensive hockey strength and conditioning training with a certified strength performance coach in a variety of settings. Our training philosophy is simple: Train the whole athlete. We provide our athletes with the most effective, up-to-date education, training techniques, nutritional mindfulness, and physical and mental development in a motivating and engaging environment that fosters unmatched results on and off the ice.
Our hockey programs have been developed using tried and true athletic training techniques built on evidence-based research – all centered on our VIP Five Components. Each class is specifically designed to improve skating speed and agility with a more powerful stride, better balance, quicker feet and overall hockey-specific strength and conditioning. Our objective is to develop the hockey player’s body awareness with primal movement patterns (squat, lunge, push, pull, twist, bend, and gait) and develop structural balance which translates to injury prevention and better on-ice presence through improved skills including skating, shooting, stick handling, and strength along the boards.
Train the Whole Hockey Athlete for Peak Performance
Breakaway Training: Is a private off-ice option for hockey players to work with a certified athletic performance coach with individual focus to improve on-ice speed, quickness, power and core strength. Our coaches will assess the athlete and develop a program to address any weakness or dysfunctional movement pattern that could be holding the player back from optimum performance and achieving their goal.
Sessions are 60 minutes in duration. Book here https://viptrainingcalendar.as.me/?appointmentType=11288573
The Penalty Kill: Is a semi-private, yet very personal training program for up to 4 hockey players. This training has the feel of a one-on-one training while allowing teammates such as defensive pairs, forward line mates or other teammates to train together in a fun energetic environment and improve speed, power and quickness on the ice.
Sessions are 60 minutes in duration. Book here https://viptrainingcalendar.as.me/?appointmentType=11288618
The Power Play: Is our large group training program set in a high intensity environment, yet with a personal touch. Each participant will feel the energy and encouragement that naturally comes from a group dynamic while also receiving individual attention and instruction to ensure proper technique, intensity and progression in each class. The curriculum focuses on mobility, strength, power, speed, balance, agility and hockey specific conditioning.
Sessions are 60 minutes in duration. Book here https://viptrainingcalendar.as.me/?appointmentType=11288790
ALL TRAINING SESSIONS INCLUDE:
Foam Rolling - soft tissue prep-work
Dynamic warm-ups with joint mobility & stability work
Plyometric (jump training) drills to teach force production and application of power in skating and shooting strength
Core training and power transfer from lower to upper body & overall structural balance
Rotational core training for power & coordination to improve shooting
Total body strength and power training that is age appropriate and hockey-specific including unilateral training (single leg and arm exercises, Olympic lifting form, TRX suspension and RIP Training, Kettlebell full body movements and resistance training
Conditioning specific to the anaerobic demands of hockey through slide boards & H.I.I.T. (High Intensity Interval training)
Flexibility & joint mobility recovery training to promote healthy soft tissue
Strength & Performance Coach
Shawn is a sports performance coach who has worked in the fitness industry for over 40 years. Shawn spent eight years as a member of the Mastermind Group for fitness professionals under Todd Durkin; an organization that trains world-class professional athletes. In 2008, Shawn founded Vital Individual Performance (V.I.P.), where he has trained hundreds of competitive athletes of all ages in virtually every sport.
Shawn has joined forces with Extra Hour Off-Ice Hockey Training Facility to focus exclusively on the specific training needs of the hockey player. Shawn uses his depth of knowledge and unique ability to assess movement patterns, identify weaknesses, and motivate the athlete to nurture talent and elevate individual performance in the sport of hockey.
VIP training sessions are specifically designed to improve skating speed and agility with more powerful stride, better balance, quicker feet and overall hockey-specific strength and conditioning. To begin your Train the Whole Hockey Athlete for Peak Performance, contact Shawn Blondin today.
Certifications: National Strength & Conditioning (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer, U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Coach, Speed and Agility Coach, TRX Suspension Training, Functional Movement Screen assessment, Fascial Stretch Therapy – Level 2, and Sports Nutrition for Athletes; among others.