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by George Malik on 05/14/11 at 08:39 AM ET
Ted Lindsay isn’t the only Red Wings alumnus who frequents the team’s gym any more. According to the Wings’ players, Chris Chelios, who’s now mentoring the team’s defensive prospects, has been seen enjoying his daily sauna bike ride. While Chelios now works out with Bally’s founder Don Wildman and pro surfer Laird Hamilton in Malibu—with his sons, Jake and Dean—in the summer, his old trainer, T.R. Goodman, will subject a host of NHL’ers (including Wings forwards Danny Cleary and Jiri Hudler) to his famously torturous workouts, as he told the Montreal Gazette’s Stu Cowan:
“Work-ethic wise, they’re the best to work with,” Goodman, who has trained athletes from every major sport, as well as some celebrities, said this week over the phone from California. “I don’t even work with basketball players anymore, because they’re the worst,” added Goodman, a former college hockey player who has made The Hockey News’s list of 100 People of Power and Influence and is a contributor for Men’s Health Magazine. “Temperament-wise, hockey players are by far the best ... they work the hardest, they’re the most humble and the most down to Earth.”
Goodman has an interesting theory about why that is the case.
“I think honestly the reason they are that way is because of the fighting in the game,” he said. “Sometimes, if a guy decides he wants to get a little cocky or his head gets a little big, there’s somebody that’s always going to come along and give him an adjustment.”
NHL players who sign up with Goodman train six days a week, focusing on hour-long workouts that include no rest between sets and emphasize correct form. A strength-building day could include seven exercises – such as jumping rope, one-armed row, dumbbell deadlift, close-grip press, dumbbell press, single leg lunge and lateral raises – repeated continuously in sequence until the hour is up. There have been stories about NHL players showing up to work out with Goodman for the first time and ending up puking.
“If somebody just shows up here and I don’t really know what kind of things are going on in their body, and I start having them do some real high-intensity stuff, then wherever their weaknesses are and wherever their problems are, they are going to pop up,” Goodman said. “Over the years, I’ve had to kind of steer away from people who just want to come for the short term.”
“There’s no question that the two guys who really stand out (as being the most fit) are Chelly and Rick Tocchet,” Goodman added. “It’s just their mindset. I’d say my life as a person would not have the same fulfilment had I not had the honour to be able to work with those guys. Two other guys who come to mind are Mario (Lemieux) and Sidney (Crosby). I mean, they don’t have the same physical strength that Toch would have or Chelly would have ... just the straight animal intensity. But they’re two extremely strong-minded people.”
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