Producing power and explosiveness by pushing off a single leg to the other.
What You’ll Need: A flat surface, running shoes.
Body Position: Athletic stance with the outside knee bent. Inside leg behind you, ten percent on the ground.
- Push off sideways from the outside leg to the inside leg. When landing, tap in the inside foot on the ground for stabilization when first starting this drill.
- As you gradually increase the intensity, the ‘stick’ landing will be more firm. Tapping the inside foot is no longer required. This challenges the athlete to push off and absorb the landing with just a single leg.
- Increase the speed by reducing the ‘contact time’ on the ground. Do five reps on each side as fast as you can while maintaining proper technique and posture.
This drill is appropriate for skaters of all ages and helps to increase leg power. This exercise helps to increase a player’s agility and balance, two crucial skills while on the ice. Developing a strong lower half helps to create a solid core.