In 2008, Kovalev released a two-disc DVD titled My Hockey Tips and Training Methods. I own the DVD and found it to be a very valuable tool in terms of bettering my pathetic street-hockey game. Now in 2009, Kovy is back with another potent DVD entitled: ENTRAINEMENT HORS GLACE (OFF ICE TRAINING). The DVD (which can be watched in English or in French) focuses on Kovyís training regimen when having to prep up for a arduous hockey season. Kovalev and his personal trainer Tom Sheedhan basically give us a badass routine that is comprised of 93 exercises and that will get ya into shape or kill you. Iím talking, upper body, lower body, full body, movement training, push training and training for speed and agility. No stone is left unturned; youíll be a Universal Soldier by the end of itÖ thatís if you manage to do the whole thing on a regular basis.
The DVD itself was slickly produced (loved the graphics indicating the muscle group that the particular excise works out and the rock ditties hit home) and the program itself went above and beyond keeping ya in shape to play hockey, it will get ya in shape PERIOD. You play B Ball, football, rock, paper scissorsÖ this routine will help make ya the best that you can be at it, cause youíll be a lean, mean machine if you pull it off. One thing that I really dug about the program is that it was pretty accessible. You basically need a bench, one of them big blue rubber balls and those rubber tubing/resistance elastic bands that folks use for Pilates. You also need lots of room for some of the elastic-less exercises (i.e. in my case: the vacant parking lot near my broís place).
I only have one complaint about the program, it may be too long. Iíll have to actually DO IT to find out its clock time, but while watching it, I kept thinking: ďThereís no way that Iíll ever find the time to do all this regularlyĒ. Hey maybe Iíll just do the exercises that I feel I need to do the most. In closing, Iíve always been an old school guy when it comes to training: free weights and a boxing bag but Kovy sold me with this DVD, Iíll give them Pilates elastic thingies and his get FIT or die routine a shotÖ will you?
Kovalev and friends foundation for kids: Kovalev explains why he made the DVD and where the money is going: his foundation to help kids with cardiac defects. It should be said that Kovalev was diagnosed with a heart disorder when he was a kid hence his foundation. A great man!
AK 27 performance bench: Tom Sheehan shows us the special bench he designed for Kovyís training routine and explains to us how it works. Off Ice Hockey Training: Kovy demonstrates a handful of useful exercises that will better your street hockey game and you bet your caboose that I'm gonna start doing them. This was my favorite extra on this disk. NOTE: At a certain point Kory does a unique exercise: dogs chasing the ball while he dekes around them with his stick. That was priceless!
We're also treated to; a Photo Gallery and an online option to get a Customized Training program.