HMMR Podcast Episode 158: Train hard, train often (with Matt Price)

Every sport has its own training culture, and it is a difficult balancing act to try and implement your plan without alienating the status quo. After returning to hockey, strength coach Matt Price of the Los Angeles Kings has taken many small steps to fit his ideas into the sport’s existing framework. After four years, the small steps add up into a cultural shift. Price joined us on this week’s podcast to discuss his approach to training, loading, and shares examples from some of the methods he uses with the Kings.

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Notes and quotes

Matt Price just finished up his fourth season as the head strength and conditioning coach of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings. Prior to that work as seven years as the head strength coach for Alpine Canada and played hockey himself. We covered a variety of topics on the podcast, including working with a sport’s culture, managing training loads, and we looked specifically at various training methods he uses with the Kings.

Opening thoughts
Managing training loads
Training methods and ideas

To hear more on these topics, listen to the full episode above. Also be sure to subscribe to our podcast and review it on iTunes.

Further reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:

  • The site theme in June is the art of coaching, with new content coming from some of the best coaches around. Join HMMR Plus so you don’t miss all the content on this topic, as well as past episodes of the podcast, our deep article archives, video library, and more. Join our hangout on June 21 to chat with other members about the topic.
  • You can follow Price on Twitter at @mpricestrength. He has also put out some training videos on YouTube.
  • For more about hockey, also listen to Swiss coach Arno Galmarini on Episode 137.
  • For some related topics, listen to Episode 124 on microdosing with Bill Knowles. For more on the complexity of adaptation, watch HMMR Classroom Lesson 11.