Jaromír Jágr's career is nothing short of legendary. Once considered one of, if not the best hockey player in the world, Jágr is now known primarily for his incredible longevity.
At 44 years old, Jágr is four years older than the next oldest player in the NHL. And he shows no sign of slowing down. During the 2015-2016 season, playing for the Florida Panthers, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound right winger is 22nd in the league in scoring with 65 points.
He might not put up dazzling highlights like he did during his younger years, but Jágr is still a force to be reckoned with. He uses his incredible strength and endurance along with his high on-ice IQ and ability to keep the puck on his stick to remain one of the top forwards in the league.
In a recent New York Times article, Jágr discussed the borderline insane training regimen that has allowed him to play well into his 40s, while avoiding serious injury throughout his career. Here are some of the highlights of how he trains.
- Jágr started doing 1,000 Squats per day at 7 years old.
- He asked Tommy Powers, the Florida Panthers' strength and conditioning coach, if he could have access to his expertise 24/7.
- At night, he sometimes does 30-second sprints on the ice while wearing a 35-pound weight vest. He then finishes the routine with one-timers.
- One of his favorite routines is towing Powers with a rope in the hallway of the team's hotel at night.
- He does 1-minute interval sprints on a bike until he can't go anymore. He knows no one can match his conditioning in the third period of a game.
- Despite his coach telling Jágr he can take days off, he has yet to take him up on the offer.
- To improve his core strength, he whacks an 8-pound med ball against a wall with a stick.
- He lost 15 pounds to keep up with faster, younger players.
- Jágr has been referred to as a "psycho" by his teammates due to his relentless training.
- He once had a puck taken off his stick in practice. Afterward, he and Powers created a new exercise so this would never happen again.
- He rolls out his muscles with a softball on the bench between shifts.
- He dunks his head in a cold tub between periods.
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