Maria Mountain on Building Elite Ice Hockey Goalies

Maria Mountain began her career working as a trainer in a fitness center and worked her way up to become an Exercise Physiologist, Strength & Conditioning Coach, and founder of Goalie Training Pro.

In 2005, she opened her strength and conditioning company, Revolution Sports Conditioning (RSC), where she worked with athletes of different sports.

Committing to help ice hockey goaltenders improve and grow, Maria founded Goalie Training Pro in 2012, and in 2019, she sold RSC to focus on reaching hockey players worldwide.

Maria has been recruited by numerous teams and organizations around the world including the NHL, USA Hockey, and Czech Hockey. Maria is driven by her mission to help athletes reach their dreams and support goalies to realize their fullest potential.

Maria joins me today to discuss training ice hockey goaltenders for flexibility, mobility, and explosive speed.

She shares how she became fascinated with human kinesiology and physiology and explains how this fascination led her to her career as a strength and conditioning coach for goalies.

She describes the physical characteristics goalies should ideally have and discusses how she evaluates athletes for the position.

And last but not least, she shares her training philosophy and offers up some great advice for young women who dream of becoming coaches in high-level, male-dominated sports like ice hockey.

 

There needs to be specific exercises and movement patterns in a program to prepare goalies for what they need to do. – Maria Mountain

 

This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

  • Maria’s background and what led her to the world of physical preparation
  • How working at a gym after university inspired Maria to learn more about the human body
  • Maria’s transition from working as a kinesiologist at a rehab company to starting her strength and conditioning company
  • How Maria branched out to an online business and why she decided to niche as a strength and conditioning coach for ice hockey goalies
  • The physical characteristics of a great goalie
  • Maria’s “inside-out” approach to athletic development
  • The importance of hip internal rotations for goalies
  • How Maria evaluates athletes for the goaltender position
  • How common FAI hip Impingements are among goalies, and how Maria injury-proofs her athletes
  • Maria’s training philosophy and the importance of flexibility and mobility for goalies
  • Maria’s advice for young women who want to coach in ice hockey and other male-dominated sports

 

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