Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/11/11 at 10:13 AM ET
from Elisabeth Meinecke of On Frozen Blog,
It’s 6:45 am, and the few people in the gym where Brooks Laich trains back in Saskatchewan have been known to throw odd glances at the NHL player being put through the paces by his trainer. Laich has been up since 5:30 am, and he’ll be at the gym from 6:45 till 10:45, working through a conditioning program that takes the “off” out of offseason.
“You kind of get some weird eyes from other people at the gym,” Laich chuckles. “But you do it all with a smile on your face, ‘cause it’s fun. … I can’t fall asleep at night if I feel like I haven’t worked harder than every other hockey player has, because then I feel like they deserve to win more than I do.”
It’s Monday when OFB talks via phone to Laich, and he’s just finished an intense lower body workout and cardio circuit on an exercise bike. Later in the day, he’ll do an hour and 15 minutes of yoga. He’ll keep a similar pace over the next five days – on Tuesday, it will be upper body and then field work at the track, Wednesdays will be swimming and mountain biking in addition to yoga, and Thursday and Friday will repeat the Monday-Tuesday circuit. Saturday will be all-terrain biking.
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