Elite Athletes Don’t Stop Training During The Season

October 26th, 2010

I believe that it is extremely important for Hockey Players to continue their training program during the season.  We see evidence of this every year with the NCAA Collage players that we train, these athletes are always among the top performers at Premier Strength.  There In-season training programs that they follow at school allow them to maintain Strength, Power, Speed, Agility, Quickness and Conditioning.  This is important not only to allow them to perform at the highest level during the season, but to also put them in a position to get better each off-season.  We see many of our athletes come back at the start of each off-season considerably weaker, slower, fatter or lighter etc. then where they finished the previous off-season.  This makes it difficult to continue to improve with each off-season training program.  We spend much of the off-season getting them back to where they were the previous year and if we are lucky they will gain a little more by the end of the training program.
Imagine a scenario where you start the off-season at almost the same place that you ended the previous year.  Your gains would be greater then every imagined and the results on the ice would be outstanding.  A good in-season program can make this possible.  A good in-season training program will also help you perform better on the ice by insuring proper RECOVERY, injury prevention, aiding in injury rehabilitation, and teaching proper nutrition.

Premier Strengths In-Season Training Program

When: Monday & Wednesday
Time: 3-5 pm
Where: Louie St.Laurent  High School Weight Room (11230 – 43 ave)
Duration: Phase 1 –  November 1 to December 15
Cost: Phase 1 = $280 + GST

Spots are limited click to register or email barry@premierstrength.com for more info.

Please forward this to any Elite Hockey Players that you think might benefit from this program.  You do not have to be a current Premier Strength Athlete.

Barry Butt, BPE, CSCS, CEP

Premier Strength Athlete in The Hockey News

October 15th, 2010

Premier Strength athlete Mark McNeill is off to a great start in his NHL draft year.  Good enough to make The Hockey News Hot List. This year was Marks first at Premier Strength and we are proud to have such a hard working athlete join our team.  Some of Marks results from this summer include:

% Body fat – Down from 12.1% to 9.9%

Weight – Increase from 206 lb to 215lb

Lean Muscle Mass – Increased from 181 lbs to 193.7 lbs (14.7 lbs of lean muscle gained) in less then 16 weeks.

If you think the aesthetic gains are good, Marks performance gains were even better:

20 m Sprint – Dropped from 3.04 sec to 2.90 sec

Pro-Agility – Dropped from 4.60 sec to 4.18 sec

Squat Max – Increased from 315 lbs to 410 lbs

Bench Press Max – Increased from 225 lbs to 305 lbs

Our goal at Premier Strength is to turn every Hockey Player who chooses to train with us into a better athlete.  We believe that if we can accomplish this goal greater performance will be realized on the ice.  Mark definitely accomplished this goal and is now reaping the rewards in his performance.

As always we would like to thank Mark and all of our athletes for choosing to work with us and for your dedication to the program.


Premier Strength Athletes Makes Penguins

October 9th, 2010


Mark Letestu – Penguins center Mark Letestu came to training camp intent on earning a spot with the big club. Such a mindset allowed the 25-year-old Elk Point, Alberta native to tie for the team scoring lead with six points (1G-5A).

Mark had a great summer training at premier strength, and it has paid off earning a spot as the 3rd line center for the Pittsburgh Penguins.  One of Marks main goals was to decrease his body fat and maintain lean muscle mass.  Through a discipline diet and proper training we were able to decrease Marks body fat to under 9% while maintaining his weight at 195 lbs.

The fear when dropping body fat is that the athlete will also lose strength.  Marks Squat Max = 415 lbs, Clean Max = 235lbs, and Bench Press Max = 260 lbs.  As you can see from those numbers that did not happen to mark.

For info on how we can help you reach your goals email me at barry@premierstrength.com

“Branched Chain Amino Acids are as vital as fish oil and whey protein according to the latest research”

October 7th, 2010

Ever hear of Nutrition Partitioning?

Well, the research is showing that it allows your body to burn fat and build muscle at the same time.

Talk about cool!

Here’s an easy-to-understand article on the subject from my partners over at Prograde.


Yours in health,

Barry Butt BPE, CSCS, CEP

PS – Remember, next week Prograde is releasing their Brand New Chocolate flavor and Orange flavor Prograde Proteins! Stay tuned for details.