How does a professional hockey player stay resilient and relentless in an 82-game NHL season? Well, if you’re talking about Canadian center Jarret Stoll it’s probably not how you’d think. The key to his durability is yoga and self-myofascial release.
Aside from stretching before and after workouts (check out our 10 best stretches for men, according to 10 trainers for ideas) to improve flexibility, relieve aching muscles, and maximize workouts, Stoll takes to foam rolling. “Every morning I roll out my neck, back, quads, hamstrings, and groin,” Stoll says. “[It’s a] good way to keep your body loose.” The handy recovery tool is with him at all times—especially on the road. He can increase blood flow and get major muscle groups firing without leaving his hotel room.
As for the yoga? “During the off-season, I do Vinyasa Yoga five to six days a week,” Stoll says. Vinyasa is a style of yoga where you focus on creating a mind-breath connection and really work your body through aggressive stretching, which is why it’s sometimes called Flow or Vinyasa Flow. Balancing and holding these stretches help build all-over strength, Stoll explains. “If you’re active and work out often, yoga is a great option to add in to your training regimen to help prevent injuries while building muscle,” he adds.
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