Sometime back in 2011 or 2012 when I was still heavily influenced by powerlifting training and entertained thoughts of doing a meet, I injured my left Groin.
There were no warning signs.
No bad lifting technique involved.
No super heavy squats where I could have tweaked it coming out of the hole.
All I know is one day, groin pain just appeared out of the blue. And what a persistent little bugger that turned out to be.
At first, I tried to ignore it and continued putting in work at the squat rack like it was nothing.
Soon the Pain became so unbearable that even squatting down with a wooden broomstick felt as if someone had taken an extreme dislike to my groin area, then stabbed the F out of it.
I figured that wasn't normal. So I started looking for a way to rid myself of the pain. After trying out a few different things, I found a way to do that.
So what was the solution?
The good girl machine.
You know, the machine where you sit down and close your legs together.
Yes, the one 50+ overweight women use to "tone" their thighs or whatever. No self-respecting man should ever be seen on that thingamajig.
Except when you're trying to rehab or prevent future groin strains.
Then the good girl machine works like gangbusters.
I'd finish every workout with 4 sets of 20 reps, going up in weight a bit each time. But I wouldn't mindlessly bang out rep after rep like you see peeps do all day long.
I'd take three seconds to open my legs, close them, and hold that position for a second, fully engaging my groin musculature both on the concentric as well as the eccentric.
Within a few weeks, the pain disappeared and I could squat again - no problemo.
Why am I telling you this?
I've said this before but NHL teams lose an average of 25+ man-games per team each season due to groin injuries.
Many of those injuries could be prevented with smart prehab activities.
No, not by stretching, which beaucoup athletes and trainers overdo.
(Stretching could actually make things even worse)
But by strengthening key areas of the hip.
In many cases, muscles get pulled or strained because they're not strong enough in that range of motion. Another big contributing factor to injury are muscular imbalances.
Take, for example, the adductors. Research has shown that athletes whose adductors possess less than 80% of the strength compared to their abductors are 17 times more likely to suffer an adductor strain.
Now you know why stretching alone is very ineffective against hip injuries.
But fret ye not.
The Hip Strong routine in my Bulletproof Hockey Hips program shows you 10 great exercises to strengthen your hip musculature and fix muscular imbalances.
All you need is minimal equipment - such as a MiniBand and Valslides, you can buy both on Amazon for a few bucks - and 10 minutes of your time.
When you combine these prehab exercises with weighted single-leg movements like split squats and reverse lunges (which you ARE already doing, aren't you?), you practically bulletproof your hips against groin injuries.
Am I saying you will never, ever experience one when following my system?
No. There are no guarantees like that in life and sports. Anyone who would claim such a thing is either a liar or a fool (or both).
What I'm saying, however, is that with the tips and tactics you learn in Bulletproof Hockey Hips, you will significantly reduce the risk of incurring a hip injury.
These are the exact same strategies I have used to keep my hips healthy ever since that weird groin scare back in 2011-2012.
And, they have kept my hockey players off the injured reserve list in a sport where hip injuries plague a ton of players, from beer leaguers to the pros.
Here's where to discover them, while you still can:
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