Hockey teams are often named after intimidating natural phenomena, such as the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Calgary Flames, and the Saskatoon Puberty. Work your way toward a roster spot with today’s Groupon to National Training Centers, with locations at Westwood Arenas or in southern Etobicoke. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get a one-hour S.P.E.E.D. hockey-skating treadmill session (a $50 value).
- For $49, you get a one-month unlimited sports training membership (a $100 value).
- For $275, you get a six-month unlimited sports training membership (a $600 value).
- For $500, you get a one-year unlimited sports training membership (a $1200 value).
Refining the prowess of pro hockey players such as Chicago Blackhawks centre David Bolland, the instructors at National Training Centers build puck-slingers’ skill and fitness through pro-style off- and on-ice training programs. The S.P.E.E.D. skating treadmill program identifies weak spots in skaters’ mechanics, such as insincere jazz hands, so trainers can recommend adjustments to enhance speed, power, endurance, and efficiency. Designed by NTC’s own kinesiologists, the C.A.P.S. program—core, agility, power, and speed—helps players work toward peak physical condition while refining the precision of game skills. With the unlimited sports training memberships, buyers get an individualized C.A.P.S. program, plus unlimited one-hour small group training sessions with a certified instructor (six-to-one student-instructor ratio), stats emailed after every training session, unlimited access to the centre and use of all equipment, and an online profile to track progress, book sessions, and get an avatar personally created by James Cameron. The schedule slates training sessions nearly every day of the week, from morning through evening.
As a bonus, buyers of the six-month or one-year unlimited sports training membership are eligible to purchase one S.P.E.E.D. skating treadmill session for $25. The centre can also enhance athletes’ training through coordinating access to physiotherapists, chiropractors, chiropodists, acupuncturists, massage therapist, and chocoholics (additional fees may apply).
National Training Centers
At National Training Centers, instructors tackle the difficult task of improving athletes' hockey game without any ice. Instead, they train the body to perform better in the rink, with balance yoga classes dedicated to improving leg flexibility and core strength. Instructors help players hone their stride and endurance with skating-technique-based treadmill classes. All of their training focuses on the essential attributes of an ice-rink athlete: core strength, agility, power, speed, and the ability to walk on frozen water.