Thursday, September 10, 2009

T.R. Goodman's Pro Camp Sports

Each year at season's end a couple dozen of the NHL's elite take up residence at the Mecca of Bodybuilding in Venice Beach to prepare for the upcoming season with famed trainer T.R. Goodman at Pro Camp Sports.

An ice hockey alumnus of Trinity College's Bantams, Goodman embarked on his personal training career in 1985 creating Pro Camp Sports in 1992. His reputed three phase summer Hockey Pro Camp includes repairing trauma from the prior season, strength building, and a month of high tempo circuits, focusing on mental preparation and nutrition throughout.

The most punishing portion of the program takes place in August when the hour long circuits commence. Arriving as early as 6am, athletes are assigned one of three routines - speed, strength, or endurance - to round out their assets. The circuits typically involve a handful of exercises that are performed for approximately two minutes each before transitioning to the next without a break. When the hour is up the finest athletes in the world stagger from the outdoor space drenched and ragged.

The elder statesman of Hockey Pro Camp, client #2 behind Alan May, is Chris Chelios. At 47 years, the Malibu Mobster is the oldest active player in the NHL and second eldest to ever skate in the game (behind Gordie Howe). He credits his 18 years with Goodman for his longevity (currently 4th all-time in regular season games played at 1644) and performance in the league.

Current and former Hockey Pro Camp clients include Mario Lemieux, Rob Blake, Mattieu Schneider, Sidney Crosby, Anson Carter, Chris Simon, Sean O'Donnell, Matt Greene, Josh Green, Shawn Horcoff, Jeremy Roenick, Rick Tocchet, and Glenn Murray. When not training NHLers, Goodman turns his attention to athletes of other disciplines including tennis (Jennifer Capriati, John McEnroe), surfing (Laird Hamilton), volleyball (Gabrielle Reece, Randy Stoklos), baseball (Gabe Kapler), football (Willie McGinest, Brian Kelly), and fighting (Fernando Vargas, Wallid Ismail, Mark Kerr). He also finds time to train a few local celebrities as well (James Caan, Ray Liotta, Owen Wilson, Jeremy Piven, Justin Timberlake, Frank Gehry).

To read an interview with Pro Camp Sports founder T.R. Goodman visit the weblink here. To visit or contact Pro Camp Sports click here.

3 comments:

Mark said...

Mike - that camp sounds awesome! Pretty much an exact replica of how I prepare for the upcoming season... Except I've been substituting a lot of the exercises you mention there for repeated-one-arm-curls-with-a-rapidly-diminishing-weight (aka - having a few beers!).

hmmm considering Chelios is still playing strong - maybe my strategy is wrong...

MG said...

I think there may be an element of your strategy in Chelios' evening regime. It's likely the morning efforts that distinguish your respective programs.

Mark said...

Good point, my friend... good point...