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5 Preseason Workouts Every Hockey Mom Needs

Written by Emily Erson

The start of hockey season is getting closer. And, we have taken some great steps to prepare. We’ve got our tournament playlist made. We’ve got our game hats ready. And, we’ve gone shopping and gotten our makeup.

But, even though we’ve got some things crossed off our to-do list, we are nowhere ready for the skates to hit the ice. The preparation has just begun. Like everyone else during the preseason, we need to get our workout in line.

Remember, we are not playing the game. Our jobs are much more important. We are cheering for our kids while juggling everything else in life. We are creating a positive environment, and we are bringing down the house with our support.

So, our workout should cater to the many different muscle groups that strengthen our hockey momming.

I’ve gone ahead and broken down a workout routine.


A Solid Hockey Mom Arm Workout

Your arms are bound to get a work out this hockey season. In fact, one could easily argue that a hockey mom’s arms are her biggest asset to her skater.

First of all, there is the bag carrying. If your skater is young, you have to carry his/her stuff as well as all of your rink necessities. This calls for an arm and a back workout. Especially when you spill it all and have to pick it up.


I suggest these three weight exercises to get you ready for the season.

• Pull ups
• Barbell Curls
• Spider Curls

Before you know it, you will be back in shape ready to juggle all those hockey mom necessities.

You also need your arms in shape if you believe in “More cowbell.” I know there is a big hockey mom divide on the cow bell issue. But, if you are a ringer, you need those arms toned up.

To tone up for this job, I recommend dumbbell curls. This will allow you to focus both on the movement as well as the strength you will need.

Get Your Core Ready to Hockey Mom

Your core plays a large role in your hockey momming responsibilities. First of all, you need to do your hockey mom cheers. If they involve any kind of dancing, your core needs to be in top shape.

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Remember, your responsibilities don’t end with your child when you are a hockey mom. You have goalies to cheer for, power plays to dance about and penalty kills to get through.


Your core needs to be in tip top shape for all of this strenuous activity.

Try these exercises, and when the first puck drops, you should be ready.
• Crunches
• V-crunches
• Leg up

Hockey Moms Need Strong Legs

If your skater happens to get hurt, your legs are going to need to be really strong. Watching your kid take a hard hit can easily bring a hockey mom to her knees. So, you need to make sure that your legs can support you regardless of what happens on the ice.

A consistent commitment to squats and lunges should do the trick for keeping you on your feet despite what happens on the ice.

Every Hockey Mom Can Use Some Relaxation Tips



It’s vital that a hockey mom practices a heart healthy lifestyle. There will be ups and downs throughout the season. Your anxiety is likely to peak at least 10 times every weekend. That’s all emotion you have to keep on the backburner because you don’t want to look crazy at the rink. Save that for at home.


Yoga is the perfect exercise to get your mind ready for the season. Practice some of these beginner yoga poses to help you prepare for the season’s highs and lows.

• Dirga Pranayama or Three-Part-Breath
• Apanasana or Knees-to-Chest Pose
• Supta Baddha Konasana or Reclined Bound Angle/Cobbler’s Pose

We Become Emotionally Exhausted so Work on Dealing with Your Emotions

It’s likely that your job will go underappreciated during the season.  There is even the possibility it will remain undervalued until your skater has grown up and looked back at his/her hockey career.  But remember, everything good is worth the wait.

We know better than to stand around and seek praise.  Our focus is on juggling it all.  And, we all know hockey season is tough to juggle. Don’t get discouraged. Get yourself organized and prepared. And, when you feel a little frustrated, remember Stompin’ Tom Conners’ tribute to those of us who do so much behind the scenes.


Now, with a body prepped, your emotions in check and your mind ready to conquer the season, there’s just one thing left to do—brace yourself for those icey roads all winter and stop off at the bank to get money to pay the bill!


See ya at the rink.

About the author

Emily Erson

I am a full-time teacher, mother, driver of children, cooker of dinner, washer of laundry, sayer of whatever is on my mind and hockey mom extraordinaire. In my free time --like that exists--I blog in order to vent the frustration that comes with raising 3 kids. My mantra, blogging and ranting are better than a drinking problem.


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