Hockey Training for power and Speed with VertiMax

VertiMax is the top dry land hockey training equipment to develop explosive leg power that radically improves acceleration and deceleration capabilities on the ice. Hockey requires an excellent combination of strength, speed, power and endurance to be a dominant force on the ice. Conducting hockey drills on VertiMax in your dry land strength training program will dramatically increase explosive leg power and speed endurance to radically elevate game performance from start to finish. Two simple hockey drills 2-3 times a week is all it takes to elevate any hockey player's performance to the next level.

  • Speed on the Ice
  • Lower Body Explosive Power
  • Improved Body Movement Patterns
MS, CSCS, Dir. of A. D., Endeavor Sports Performance Kevin Neeld

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"The VertiMax is an incredibly diverse piece of hockey training equipment, as it allows you to overload vertical, horizontal, and diagonal movement patterns. We use it consistently throughout the off-season in our dryland training to improve lower body power and reinforce proper movement patterns in our hockey players."

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VertiMax Is Used By the top NHL Teams for Dryland Hockey Drills to Develop Superior Skating Abilities

NHLTeams that train with VertiMax
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Dallas Stars
  • Winnipeg Jets
  • Phoenix Coyotes
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • San Jose Sharks

Do you want to elevate your hockey training and on-ice game performance to the next level?

We're going to outline seven important reasons why adding VertiMax to your dryland hockey training arsenal will achieve the speed and power training results you're looking for.

1) VertiMax allows hockey players to perform hundreds of hockey drills that specifically target primary muscles groups that are critical for speed and agility performance on the ice. With VertiMax's ability to reconfigure the positions of its resistance training bands (watch this video!), hockey players are able to perform hundreds of sports specific hockey drills to improve power, speed and acceleration performance for virtually any athletic movement on the ice.

2) Only VertiMax increases both leg power and arm swing velocity to truly maximize drive power on the ice. Great vertical jump ability is one of the most important sports fitness parameters a hockey player can possess to be successful in competition. It is also one of the most important performance parameters reflecting explosive leg power that a hockey player will ever be judged by so every athlete needs to develop their vertical jump potential which translates to more drive power on the ice. VertiMax is key here because its the only vertical jump training equipment in the world capable of loading both the legs and arm swing at the same time when vertical jump training. That's important because arm swing velocity at take-off accounts for 10 to 13% of your vertical jump performance and it can't be ignored if a hockey player is attempting to develop their full vertical jump potential for performance evaluation by coaches. Vertimax is the only athletic training equipment that accounts for the arm swing lift component which will make a significant difference in vertical jump performance and overall leg drive for accelerating and decelerating on ice.

3) VertiMax is the top hockey speed training equipment for improving acceleration because its the only equipment in the world that can load the leg drive and swing phase simultaneously for maximum linear and lateral speed gains. Every hockey player wants more speed and if you really want to fully develop your speed potential - you have to effectively increase power in BOTH the leg drive and swing phase of the skating motion when you accelerate. Basically we're talking about loading the quad - glut - calf when one leg planted on theice driving and also at the same time loading the hip flexors, abductors and adductors of the opposite foot when it breaks contact with the ice and accelerates towards the next ground strike so it can begin driving again. This patented training technique is as effective as speed training gets for the serious hockey player. If you're still running around with an elastic band tied to your waist you're only training drive phase and that does nothing to develop power in the muscles that accelerate your foot when it leaves the ice. If you're running around with an elastic band tied to your ankles, you're only training swing phase and what's worse is those elastic bands are almost always slack when you start foot movement and thus they provide no useful resistance for power development at the start of the explosive movement where its most important. The V8 combines the best of both these conventional speed training techniques while correcting the problems associated with each to deliver the most effective hockey speed training equipment on the planet.

4) VertiMax resistance bands never go slack when training so hockey players can develop power sooner in the skating movement and accelerate faster on the ice ( watch video ). The ability to develop power quickly in both the leg drive and swing phase of the skating motion is a critical for any hockey player who wants to have superb acceleration on the ice and that is what Vertimax will give them. Vertimax resistance bands fully retract into the equipment which means they never go slack and always provide a useful training resistance when athletes initiate any explosive repetition in hockey drills. Conventional elastic bands can't do that because they can't retract into anything and when the athlete coils to position themselves for the explosive movement, the bands go slack and don't provide any useful training resistance to develop power at the front end of an explosive movement where it's most important. Watching this video, you'll see how VertiMax is superior for front end power development in skating propulsion. In the coiled position for vertical jump training Vertimax bands retract and can't go slack keeping the full load applied the squatted position. Resistance from conventional elastic training systems will radically drop off as the athlete dips into the squatted position because there's no means to remove slack as the two cord ends approach each other. When training the hip flexors (another critical muscle group for first step quickness on the ice), once again Vertimax resistance bands can't go slack and fully load the hip flexor before it even begins the explosive contraction. Conventional bands tied between the ankles won't apply one ounce of load to the hip flexor at the start of any explosive hockey drills because that band will be completely slack every time you begin a high knee drive. With no load at the start, you're tossing power gains that can improve your hockey speed performance right out the window. VertiMax's waist and individual foot bands can maintain constant drive and swing phase resistance on every relevant muscle in both legs moving in any direction. That conventional shuffle drill with ankle bands can't apply an ounce of force to either leg if your feet are less than shoulder width apart - and when it does it loads only the abductor – period. VertiMax is simply a smarter, more effective way to radically increase power at the start of an explosive movement and that's just one more reason Vertimax delivers superior gains in acceleration and deceleration abilities on the ice that conventional elastics can't touch.

5) Vertimax allows hockey players to achieve higher training velocities to more effectively develop power at high speeds required in competition ( watch video ). This is what we call speed strength and VertiMax is specifically designed to excel at developing speed strength in every critical hockey movement. The problem with conventional elastic training systems is they usually involve a short elastic bands connected between parts of our body or the ground or a wall. When you try to perform an explosive movement and stretch these short bands the resistance often goes from 0 to a whole lot in just 2 feet. That radical increase in resistance is basically slamming on the brakes when you're trying to achieve high training velocities. Vertimax solves that issue by utilizing really long elastic bands on retractable pulley systems so you're stretching a long band a little instead short band a lot. Once you set the resistance on Vertimax this allows the athlete to basically feel the same load from the beginning to end of any explosive hockey drill. There's no hitting the brakes when you initiate an explosive movement on Vertimax and that means you're going to achieve higher training velocities with your legs and better speed strength development to improve your hockey speed and power.

6) Vertimax implements two balance control mechanisms to help athletes maintain balance and work with more effort when performing explosive training drills ( watch video ). If you want to maximize power output you have to train explosively with 100% effort and you can't do that if you're not balanced, especially if your vertical jump training with a load. Anyone who has tried to jump with 100% effort when they were off balance knows your brain and physics won't allow it. If you use a conventional jump trainer that simply ties non-retractable bands to a fixed point its almost impossible to train with 100% effort because the equipment is not designed to maintain your balance. Resistance on these antiquated systems will radically increase as you jump. If you drift off center from the anchor points you have to deal with a lateral force pushing or pulling you and that's going to completely destabilize you because when we jump gravity doesn't radically increase or push us from the front or back. The Vertimax designed appreciates and maintains the stability of gravity by utilizing a design that provides a non-varying resistance and a patented tracking equipment that allows the elastic bands to move with the athlete when vertical jump training. If the athlete drifts forward or backward while jumping, the anchor point actually moves with the athlete to help keep the force of the bands pulling straight down just like gravity. The VertiMax design gives you more stability enabling more effort on every explosive rep when hockey training for speed and leads to faster skating in competition.

7) Adjustable resistance settings from 2 to 200 pounds allows hockey players from 6 years old to professional athletes train on VertiMax ( watch video ). The Vertimax V8 gives you the ability to adjust the resistance setting on each of the 8 bands routed in the equipment by extracting or retracting the bands through their individual cam mechanism which automatically locks the cord in place after the resistance adjustment. This feature provides a wide range of resistance settings that allows the same V8 equipment to accommodate a NHL super star right down to a 6 year old youth athlete.



Spero Mantzavrakosa

"The VertiMax is the ultimate dryland functional training equipment for hockey players who want to increase their explosive power and gain a competitive edge with respect to mobility and stamina on the ice. VertiMax can be configured to perform hundreds of hockey drills implementing multiple training techniques that uniquely improve a player's game on many levels. Masterfully overcoming the problems associated with traditional resistance band equipment that run opposite to the length tension relationship of muscular force production. VertiMax provides results my athletes can't get with other dryland training systems. I highly endorse the VertiMax for hockey training and recommend it for any hockey player who wants to take their game to the next level.."

Spero Mantzavrakos, Head Strength Coach New York Islanders 2004 President & Head Strength Coach Next Level Training Corp.

Casey FitzRandolph

"Speed skating is a sport won and lost by hundredths of a second. I won Gold in the 500 meters at the last Winter Games by 3/100 of a second. That's not a lot of time. As I prepared for the '06 Games, I knew every blink of the eye would count. I needed to be explosive on the ice, and I'm not genetically gifted in this area so I need to make the most of what I've got.

The VertiMax provides the competitive edge I need because it is the best equipment I've found to increase my explosive leg power! VertiMax has improved my acceleration, allowing me to reach my top speed quicker and maintain it longer. It not only allows me to do a wide range of jumps and exercises, it also lets me perform drills that hit the specific muscle groups I need to work on most. I can also adjust the resistance in small increments depending on the goal of the workout and how much load I want. It's also relatively low impact compared to other methods of resistance training."

Casey FitzRandolph, 2002 Gold Medalist, Olympic Record Holder - Speed Skating


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