Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/18/06 at 08:30 AM ET
The intense sessions, featuring unconventional drills and equipment -- tractor tires, heavy stones and barbells shaped like logs find their way into some workouts -- are organized by personal trainer and strength specialist Tony Greco, a former world kickboxing champion. If the equipment resembles what you find in strongman competitions, it's no accident. Buffalo Sabres star Daniel Briere, who trained with former world strongman champion Hugo Girard of Gatineau several summers ago, credits those workouts with helping turn him from a journeyman player into one of the NHL's elite skaters. The goal is to push Ottawa-area NHL players just a little further, forcing them to use different muscles to handle new challenges, finding avenues to improve their balance, discovering an extra step that they can use when training camps open in four weeks.more
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