Anthony Donskov is the founder and head performance coach at Donskov Strength and Conditioning. He’s also the author of the amazing book, Physical Preparation for Hockey: Biological Principles and Practical solutions.
But more importantly, Anthony is a guy who I deeply respect. He’s constantly searching for better answers, and putting in the work to help his athletes get the absolute most out of their bodies.
In this show, Anthony and I discuss why his first rule of training is “Do No Harm,” why all coaches should aspire to be generalists, and a start-to-finish overview of how he programs for and coaches his hockey players.
Anthony is a passionate guy, and I think there’s a ton of gold in this show.
Here’s a brief overview of what we covered in this week’s show:
- MR Monologue: The “You Can’t” vs. the “I Can” Mentality
- How Anthony got started in the world of physical prep.
- His overarching training philosophy, and why his first rule is “Do No Harm.”
- The biggest issues he sees with hockey players, and how he works to address them.
- Anthony’s assessment process, and why he doesn’t do performance testing with his elites.
- How he takes the information from his assessment to build those early training programs.
- The exact template and structure he uses with both his elite and developmental hockey players for off-season training.
- How he manipulates the program in that final training block leading up to camp.
- The BIG Question.
- A really fun lightning round where we talk about his book, his biggest wins as a coach, what it’s like to work with the USWNT hockey team, the plethora of books he’s currently reading, and much more!
Connect with Anthony
- Game Changer
- Conjectures and Refutations
- Brain Always Wins
- 7 Brief Lessons on Physics
- Dynamics of Skill Acquisition