Today is the 4 year anniversary of my back exploding. I could barely walk, I couldn’t skate and teaching my girls hockey training program was completely out of the question. But it wasn’t just a sneeze that made my back explode. It was over 10 years in the making.
Playing hockey and training female hockey players were 2 of the things that I was most passionate about, and in that instant, they were almost taken away from me.
I spent 10 years of my life dedicated to becoming an elite women’s hockey player, and to have that be the only activity that brings me so much pain is extremely frustrating.
And the worst part about it is that suffering was self-inflicted.
I had no idea that the off-ice training I started doing at 15 years to get an edge on my competition was the completely wrong for me as an aspiring girls hockey player.
Looking back on it, trying to train (and keep up) with future NHL stars and men’s college hockey players when I was 15 years old seems crazy now – especially since I had absolutely no experience with off-ice training.
I thought “More Was Better” and the truth is I just didn’t know any better.
I thought I was doing the right thing – but the physical and psychological toll of my off-ice training habits plagued me long before my back surgery and still do after retiring from elite women’s hockey last year.
The doctors have told me that I have the spine of a 70 year-old. Not what you want to hear at the age of 25.
But that physical price I paid for trying to do too much, too soon, is only made worse by the psychological toll trying to become an elite player takes when you never feel 100%.
In my mind, I was never good enough, never fast enough, never fit enough, never strong enough, never doing enough, and although this drove me to work as hard as I possibly could every day to become the best – it ultimately left me tired, injured and frustrated.
Doing the wrong kind of training, starting back when I was 15 years old, is what eventually caused my back to explode four years ago. But doing the right kind of training is what got me back on the ice only 3 months after having surgery.
Now, as a coach, I spend every day helping aspiring girls hockey players to avoid making the same mistakes I made – and the best way to do that is through proper off-ice training
To be the best, you have to train to be the best.
And that means you have to train the right way.
Today, I am officially announcing my brand new website, Total Female Hockey Training.
Now you can train with me and other female players who are
committed to taking their game to the next level.
This is the first time that Total Female Hockey is offering an in-person off-ice training program for the entire off-season.
If you are ready to take your game to the next level, this is your chance.
Work Hard. Dream BIG. Train smart.
~ Coach Kim
PS – If you aren’t going to be in the Toronto area this summer, I haven’t forgotten about you.
You can train right along with us by using the Complete Off-Season Training System
It’s the next best thing to being there in person.
Plus, there are Speed Camps and a “Top Secret” Total Female Hockey Event planned throughout the entire summer that aspiring young players from all over North America will be attending. If you want to be the first to know about these events, I will be announcing them through the new site first.
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