Mario Lemieux was once asked in an interview how he plans to prepare for a new Hockey season…
“I’ll stop ordering fries with my club sandwich.”
That’s 80’s hockey for ya right there.
Nobody gave a damn about diets or off-ice training.
In fact, guys would grab a few beers after every game at some local waterhole.
Of course, Lemieux was so far above the rest that he didn’t NEED TO train.
He was easily one of the TOP 3 most talented hockey players of all time (along with Bobby Orr and #99).
Just showing up at the rink for practice and games was enough for him to dominate like a boss.
But that nonchalant attitude towards training eventually led to him retiring from the game at age 32.
Well, for one thing, he suffered from a bunch of serious injuries throughout his career.
Spinal disc herniation.
Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a type of cancer).
Chronic tendinitis of a hip flexor muscle.
Back pain so severe that other people had to tie his skates.
When his back was at its worst, he couldn’t lift his luggage up into the overhead bin when flying to away games on an airplane…
And his teammates had to propel him over the boards onto the ice because he couldn’t do that on his own.
Yet he went on to win the Art Ross Trophy six times as the league’s leading scorer.
And when he retired for the first time in 1997, his points-per-game average was the highest in NHL history (at 2 ppg).
Which got me thinking…
How many scoring records would have Mario broken had he remained healthy?!
I’m not a doctor (nor do I like to play one on the Internet!) but I’ve trained my fair share of hockey players with hip flexor and back problems.
Those issues plague more athletes than you’d believe, jefe.
There’s a simple solution, though…
Proper strength Training methods often prevent, alleviate and fix those common problems.
Actually, a smart off-ice training program will not only improve performance…
It will keep you healthy and in the game longer.
Don’t overlook the importance of that like Mario (unfortunately for all of us) did.
Head on over to http://www.NextLevelHockeyTraining.com today to avoid injuries that could end your career prematurely.
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