In this day and age, it’s hard to find a coach who doesn’t want their athlete to get stronger, faster and more explosive - sport has evolved in such a way that power is king. We’ve had the opportunity to talk to hundreds of strength coaches over the past 2 years and although strength is necessary and important, there seems to be common theme, they don’t necessarily care if their athletes can lift a million pounds. In fact, if a pro athlete was only looking at getting stronger, this could hinder their performance rather than improve it.
Last week, I was fortunate enough to get introduced to strength coach Mark Fitzgerald. Mark trains a host of young hockey players at his facility in Whitby ON, Elite Training Systems, and he's the head S&C coach for the Toronto Marlies (farm team for the Leafs). He's a young coach with a wealth of knowledge but realizes that there's always room to grow.