It is fascinating to hear how the training regimen of an athlete evolves over the course of their career.
A few years ago, Aaron Ward told me about his newfound interest in bike riding with neighbors in Raleigh, N.C. He said it not only helped him stay in shape during the summer months, but that it built leg strength.
“It’s funny because the guys I rode with are all in their 40s and 50s,” Ward said. “They’ve been doing it so long where they may not be the most built guys, but in terms of leg strength and riding a bike, a lot can be compensated for it.”
That conversation popped into my mind listening to Kris Draper talk to reporters about his workout regimen at the Art of Strength Training Center in West Bloomfield. You’ll see in the video above that the power exercises and flexibility training our players go through is anything but routine.
“Instead of getting on the stationary bike and riding for 20 minutes, or doing a bench press, it is a good mix of different things,” Draper said. “Some ropes, some agility training, kettle bell swings. It works the same muscle groups, but in a different way, which helps keep the mind sharp.”
“Guys walk through the door and don’t know what we’re going to do each day.”
In other organizational news, the Red Wings will compete for bragging rights this Thursday, December 9, to see which pair can raise the most money for The Salvation Army as they bell ring between 4-6 p.m. at four different Metro Detroit retail locations.
Coach Mike Babcock will join general manager Ken Holland, who is serving as honorary chair of the 2010 Red Kettle Campaign for the fifth straight year, outside Hiller’s Market in downtown Northville, while players will pair up at the Kroger in Plymouth (Jonathan Ericsson and Drew Miller) as well as Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm).
Here are some other hockey happenings from across the Winged Web.
- Yahoo’s Puck Daddy blog has video of a brawl from the U.K. that is just too good for words.
- Red Wings Hardware has a selection of some quality AHL fights for your viewing pleasure.
- The Hockey Blogette has a profile of Kris from Snipe Snipe Dangle Dangle. Speaking of Kris, she was lucky enough to skate on the rink at Michigan Stadium earlier this week and has a recap of her experience.
- Winging it in Motown has a breakout of Points Per Game standings going into Monday’s play. According to Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland, breaking the season into ten game stretches, with about 12-13 points per stretch is ideal for a playoff contender. (96-104 points.
- Can you guess who the Brendan Smithsonian Institution wants to see in the AHL All Star Classic?
- And finally, Don Cherry being Don Cherry.