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Off-ice training key for US women’s Olympic hockey team

Posted by Chelsea Rice  February 10, 2014 08:41 AM

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Members of the US women's Olympic hockey team consider their off-the-ice training at Mike Boyle's Strength and Conditioning in Woburn to be the secret ingredient to their on-ice success. Alexa Pozniak paid them a visit for this Work It Out, Boston video.

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Tucked away in a nondescript, industrial park in Woburn is a facility that might hold the formula to achieving Olympic glory this month in Sochi.

The US women’s hockey team is one step closer to gold after defeating Switzerland Monday morning by a score of 9-0.

Last August, 21 members of the US Olympic women’s ice hockey team relocated to the Boston area from cities and towns across the country, not for practicing on the ice, but for the sole purpose of training at the Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning center.

Boyle, who has long been considered a mastermind in the world of sports performance training and who serves as a strength and conditioning consultant to the Boston Red Sox, designed a unique, broad-based workout program for the women’s team. Boyle borrowed movements from a variety of different sports, all of which emphasize building lower-body strength and power.

Check out this team’s power workouts in this Work It Out, Boston video.

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