Use All Of The Buffalo
One of the hardest things to do when training is to take full advantage of down time to allow the body to recover. As the saying goes "I am not as young as I used to be". The body needs time to heal. Just as intense as we want our workouts to be our rest must be treated with the same regard.
This week is a recovery week for us. We have much lower volume and the focus is on getting my right knee feeling better and allowing the body to heal to get back and attack next week's program.
People often ask me what "Use All Of The Buffalo" means as it adorns all of our training gear. It simply means, everything on purpose. Every element of our program must be treated with equal importance - yoga is just as important as on ice which is just as important as nutrition and sleep, etc. Nothing wasted, nothing spared. That goes for rest weeks too!
So, instead of just taking the week off, we work on non-weight bearing technique, giving the legs some rest and using the time to develop core and other aspects that are not traditional focus of our heavy volume programs.
Here are a couple quick clips from our core exercises. We use the football to keep things light as well as add a level of competitiveness to the program. Instead of saying "kneel on the ball for 2 mins" its "don't drop a ball." Helps you work the muscles you need to be working while focusing on something else. Same thing on the ice, I have a number of cues that I go through during a race (body low, hips over knee, attack corners) but the whole time my core needs to be contracted to help stabilize.
As you can see from the video, Brock is quite a bit better than me on the swiss ball. His core is quite strong and allows him to balance and focus his energy. I am much more unbalanced because I am using my larger muscles to do the work that the smaller stabilizer muscles should be doing. You can squat and dead lift as much as you want but if you do not focus on the smaller muscles and have them firing you're dead in the water. Every muscles has a role and one can't be doing the job of the other.
I need to learn to use all of the buffalo.