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Mobility through the thoracic spine is important in many sports because it allows force transfer through the upper body. Many skills in hockey, golf, tennis, baseball and football require this twisting motion through the upper spine. If mobility is lacking in the thoracic spine the lower back is forced to compensate. Imagine a slap shot where the lower back had to rotate to enable the upper body swing through the shot fully. What would the

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Today we are going to look at what muscles you should be targeting to increase skating strength and power. The biomechanics of a skating stride is not a simple up and down squat motion. The low forward drive, stride locomotion in skating is generated synergistically by the quadriceps the gluteals and hamstrings in conjunction with the hips and other leg stabilizer muscles. This why there the prevailing opinion in strength and conditioning circles is that

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Probably one of the most misunderstood areas of hockey off-ice training is how to approach increasing shot power. While wrist and forearm strengthening exercises can help, athletes will improve much better by increasing the rotational power of their core and hips. For increasing core power, one of the best and most popular approaches is to use medicine ball throws. A simple way to start is to use to stand 4-6 feet away from a sturdy

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It’s not uncommon to see athletes performing dryland agility and plyometric drills while standing too tall. If you’re not used to a deep skating stance or lack a bit of mobility in the hips, then this will often be the cause of a high posture. Take any agility ladder drill. These are sometimes criticized for not being “sports specific” enough and the by way a lot of athletes perform them, I have to agree. You

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Image and recipe by health.com 1 ⅔ cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 8 ½ cookie sheets) 7 tablespoons sugar, divided 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten Cooking spray 1 ¼ cups fat-free milk ⅔ cup reduced-fat crunchy peanut butter ½ teaspoon vanilla ½ cup (4 ounces) fat-free cream cheese, softened 1(8-ounce) container frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed 3 tablespoons finely chopped salted, dry-roasted peanuts ¼ cup shaved milk chocolate (about 1 ounce) Preparation Preheat

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Image and recipe by Fitness Magazine                   Makes 4 servings Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice 4 garlic cloves, smashed 2 teaspoons chili pwder 2 teaspoons ground cumin 3 teaspoons olive oil 4 5-ounces skinless salmon fillets 1 ½ cups frozen corn kernels, thawed 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 1 poblano pepper, thinly sliced ½

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Image and recipe by Fitness Magazine Makes: 4 servings Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes               Ingredients: 4 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon chopped garlic, divided 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, divided Salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 pound chicken breast tenders, lightly pounded 4 tablespoons canola oil 1 medium shallot, sliced 1 ½ cups frozen shelled edamame, thawed 1 ½ cups grape tomatoes, halved 2 medium

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Image and recipe by Whole Living Ingredients 3 containers (5.3 ounces each) plain nonfat Greek yogurt 5 tablespoons honey 1 ½ teaspoons grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon juice 1 piece fresh ginger (about 2 inches) 1 papaya (1 pound), peeled, halved lengthwise, seeds discarded, cut into ½-inch cubes 1 package (6 ounces) fresh blackberries 1 package (6 ounces) fresh raspberries ¼ cup chopped fresh mint, plus sprigs for garnish ½ cup granola Directions In

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Photo and recipe by Fitness Magazine Ingredients 3 ounces light tuna, drained 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped ½ lemon, juiced 1 tablespoon olive oil ½ cup diced tomatoes Dash of salt and pepper 2 whole-grain tortillas ½ cup babu spinach Make it: Combine tuna with parsley, lemon, oil, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Wrap in tortillas and top with

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