on July 1, 2011
I've read this book cover to cover. I have two main complaints about this book:
1) I was hoping to gain specific knowledge of hockey-specific training techniques. This book provides very little information about that. The workout and nutrition routines seem generic - like they could work for any sport. Furthermore, this book doesn't explain why you're doing what you're doing!
2) The grammar and spelling is abosolutely atrocious. It was painfully to read some parts.
on June 24, 2015
This book presents programs in three formats, maintenance (high rep, low weight muscle hypertrophy), strength (pyramid schemes) and power (essentially same as maintenance plus the power clean and plyometrics). It includes lots of variation, so you get good at nothing and just feel sore and overtrained all the time. It also explores antagonistic (push-pull) workouts and synergistic (all pushing, or all pulling). I had constant elbow and shoulder pain, especially from the synergistic workouts. These programs follow recent fads of variation, and pyramid based programs that just don't work for novice and intermediate lifters. Plus there is very little emphasis on form, so don't expect any help there; get an experienced strength coach for that. Skip this piece of junk and just read Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe. I've gained 20 pounds of muscle mass in 6 weeks following that program, and suspect to keep on that linear progression for several more months. I feel much stronger on the ice, take hits and "incidental contact" without any problems, and feel like I'm throwing bigger and heavier guys around in front of the net with ease.