Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/04/06 at 09:17 AM ET
Oilers centre Shawn Horcoff and ex-Oilers tough guy Georges Laraque, now of the Phoenix Coyotes, added two, one-hour sessions of hatha yoga a week to their rigorous off-season training at the Body by Bennett fitness studio in downtown Edmonton. They get around the humiliation factor by doing their yoga work a deux -- just the two of them and their instructor, Breanna Johnson. "Yoga is no longer seen as a sissy, weak-kneed, wimpy workout," Bennett said. "We used to call it flexibility training and we realize now that 10 minutes of stretching just won't cut it. "You need to invest in it just as you would your strength elements." In the New NHL, mobility, quickness and skill are golden, so players all over the league are tweaking their workouts to de-emphasize simply pounding on the muscle massmore
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