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Training to train

Monday, 07.06.2010 / 5:00 PM /

BROSSARD – Part one of the Canadiens’ development camp has come to a close and the campers have all headed home for the summer – but not without taking some valuable lessons back with them.

The Habs’ strength and conditioning coach, Lorne Goldenberg was on hand in Brossard all week giving the prospects a little one-on-one instruction to help them get a leg up on their training. With Goldenberg’s tips to guide them through the summer, the 22 kids are now one step closer to realizing their NHL dreams.

“My goal was two-fold. The first was to prepare programs for them that they could take home to help them get ready to play professional hockey. The second was to teach them proper technique,” described Goldenberg. “We spend a lot of time teaching proper technique to young players because if they’re doing the exercises wrong, they can get hurt.”

As diverse as the players are away from the rink, according to Goldenberg, the prospects are just as different when it comes to their approach in the gym.

“When you work with NHL players, it’s a lot easier because their technique is usually impeccable. In a camp like this, everyone’s at a different level when it comes to that,” offered Goldenberg. “I’d say that only about 10% of the kids have NHL level fitness, but even for them this is a good opportunity to get some advice to help build on what they already have.”

With prospects coming from all over the world, Goldenberg knows the key is to establish routines for the players to follow regardless of the kind of equipment they have at their disposal back home.

“I tried to give them exercises they can do almost anywhere,” explained the fitness expert. “We did a lot of free weights, stability ball and resistance band work with them.”

While the future stars have plenty of exercises to work on from the comfort of home, there’s at least one that the prospects won’t likely be repeating any time soon.

“I think the hardest thing they had to do during the camp was the VO2 max test. That’s completely exhausting,” admitted Goldenberg. “It really tests their endurance. They have to breathe through a tube and their mouth and throats get really dry in the process. It’s not exactly comfortable.”

Granted, but these young players will be perfectly comfortable one day calling the Bell Centre home with Goldenberg in part to thank for getting them there.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Shauna Denis.

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