Doty aims to strengthen, condition Golden Bears, both on, off the ice
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The California Golden Bears have taken their off-ice training to the next level under the guidance and leadership of strength and conditioning coach Eddie Doty.
The Bears recruited Doty a year ago based on his stellar reputation as a personal fitness and strength coach. He holds numerous certifications, including those with the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association, Kettle Bell Concepts, Athletes Acceleration Speed and Agility and Schwinn Indoor Spin.
In addition, Doty is a Level 4 USA Hockey-certified coach, and can explain to players how every exercise they do can enhance their impact on the ice.
The program Doty installed immediately turned the “training” culture at the Bears upside down.
Workouts went from calisthenics in the rink parking lot to a comprehensive health and fitness plan that includes sessions at local parks and beaches, yoga, plyometrics and core training, as well as the targeted use of weights to build strength in older players.
Doty said that he’s “always believed from a physical standpoint that our bodies are the most import piece of equipment that we have.”
“So we need to treat them the right way so that they can perform at their highest capability,” added Doty. “And to get to that point requires the proper rest and nutrition, in addition to age-appropriate training.”
The education doesn’t stop with the players, though.
Doty continually reminds Bears parents that teaching their kids healthy habits now will provide positive results in far more than hockey.
“I try to convey to the players and the parents, no matter the age, that if they can buy into the proper nutritional regimen that it will not only mentally help them on the ice, but in the classroom as well,” said Doty.
— Andy St. Clair