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Dryland Hockey Training

Wayman Harten - Thursday, August 15, 2013
As hockey players get more and more competitive the trend towards dryland hockey training to suppliment regular practices and games has increased. I think back to the famous Canada vs. Russia series of 1972 and remember how the Canadian team was in far worse shape than their Russian counterparts who used extensive dryland hockey training and arrived in Montreal in far superior condition. Back then NHL players would take the summer off and then use training camp to try to get back into shape.

That has all changed, most serious hockey players both professional and amateur have an off season regiment to maintain conditioning and improve skills. Depending on where you live you may have access to hockey rinks all year round, but even if you do their may be limited availability and of course the cost for ice time. Hockey training on dry land allows you to control your own schedule and regiment and can build on some types of skills such as strength and flexibility. Ultimately though you are limited with dryland training on development of hockey specific skills.

The development of affordable synthetic ice has changed that. Now you can supplement your dryland hockey training with on ice work without being limited by the schedules and availabilities of public rink facilities. Skills like skating, stickhandling and shooting are difficult to accurately simulate without being on skates. Synthetic ice allows you to work on the exact same movements and muscle groups as real ice. It has revolutionized the meaning of dryland hockey training.

Ice Rink Construction - The Synthetic Ice Solution

Wayman Harten - Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The 21st century way of ice rink construction is so much easier than the traditional way. It's a one time project that takes little time at all and you'll have a beautiful ice rink for many, many years. When synthetic ice first became available it was a good product but there were issues that cropped up over time such as problems with joints that connected the sheets. Today the technology has been perfected and a synthetic ice pad will typically last 15 - 20 years without issues.

A common question is what is it like to skate on synthetic ice versus natural ice. The answer is that they are very similar but synthetic ice makes you work a little bit harder by about 10%. This can be beneficial if your goal is to improve your skating as you'll be gliding with ease when you get back to natural ice. The great thing is a synthetic ice pad is there for you to skate on 365 days a year, not just for a couple months in the winter like a backyard rink or limited hours available at a public rink. Don't suffer through the task of ice rink construction year after year, experience synthetic ice solutions today.

Ice Rink Construction The Traditional Way

Wayman Harten - Friday, June 21, 2013
For people reading this in warmer climates that don't get snow the art of ice rink construction is probably very foreign. In fact they may only be familiar with professional hockey rinks and not be aware that the art of ice rink construction is something that many people take on in there spare time each year. So how difficult is it?

The process itself isn't too complicated. It starts with picking a nice, flat area that is usually rectangular in shape like a hockey rink although that doesn't have to be the case. Borders need to be built up, often times this is done by trampling down the snow in the area to create a natural border. Placing a tarp down is recommended so if the ice melts the water stays and can freeze again when it gets cold enough. Now you are ready for the water.

To build a quality rink it takes many applications to build up a nice thick sheet of ice. The water needs to be applied in calm conditions, wind and snow can cause the ice to form in uneven fashion leaving a bumpy surface. All in all it is lots of work that can be dashed with the first warm spell.

Today we have a better alternative. Now you can partake in ice rink construction once and in a few hours have a permanent ice rink that feels just like real ice. Think of all the hours that it takes year after year to build an ice rink with no guarantees that the weather will cooperate. Synthetic ice allows you to play ice hockey all year round in any weather conditions.

Ice Rink Building - A Dying Tradition

Wayman Harten - Thursday, May 09, 2013
In many parts of Canada ice rink building is an annual tradition taken on by thousands of people. I know that for me growing up in the 70’s I have great memories of skating on our own backyard rink as well as those of my friends. It seems to me that taking on the project of ice rink building is becoming less common as the years go by and I think there are a few key reasons why.

Generally speaking people are too busy for ice rink building now. It’s a sign of the times that people are working more and have less free time. More complicated family dynamics can also play a part as the traditional family unit isn’t as common as it was 30 years ago. Typically the mother gets primary custody in divorce settlements, but dads are the ones usually in charge of ice rink building. Is it worth the time and effort if you only have the kids every second weekend?

Now I admit that I haven’t done the research to back this up but would anyone argue that weather today is less predictable than it used to be? With global warming and other environmental issues it seems to me that it is harder than ever to have the right conditions to keep an outdoor ice rink than in the past. Of course this depends on where you are located, but I know that in southern Ontario that’s my perception. Ice rink building is a commitment of quite a bit of time and the last thing you want is to invest that time and then a week later the temperature goes way above freezing and it’s melted.

It seems to me that ice rink building is a bit of a dying tradition and to me it’s not only a bit sad, but I think it’s making it harder for Canadian hockey to stay on top.

Ice Hockey Training Part 4

Wayman Harten - Thursday, April 11, 2013
We have been in the business of redefining the skating experience for a very long time and have now reached the top in this industry. We take pride in our ability to create the finest and best in synthetic surfaces for our customers to use. Our synthetic surfaces are of the highest quality and value, and are the best solutions for outdoor and indoor rinks and training surfaces. Our ice rinks do not require the presence of water or electricity and can be laid down to immediately play. These rinks are easy to lay and simulate the real hockey arena at a fraction of the total cost. If you are an ice hockey enthusiast you will find these hard to resist.

Synthetic ice solutions are not just great for ice hockey training, but are also fun for kids. They can learn to skate and will find this surface very safe and stable to increase their skill levels as they grow up. These synthetic ice rinks are a great hit with households that have an inbuilt love for the sport of skating. It is a family thing! Other than these we also specialize in the manufacturing of other ice hockey training accessories that will aid you in your exercises. You can rest assured that with our help, you can become the Most Valuable Player of your team.

Ice Rink Building - Key to Skills Development

Wayman Harten - Tuesday, March 26, 2013
In my recent post I talked about how ice rink building is a dying tradition, in this post I want to talk about what the impact of this is.

In my view there are more organized sports today than in the past, more leagues, more of parents driving their kids to practice and games in all sorts of sports than before. This leaves less time for parents to be home to build an ice hockey rink because they’re out every night driving the kids to all of their organized events. A few years ago there was a crisis in Canadian hockey because we weren’t winning gold medals at an acceptable rate and one of the concerns was that kids aren’t just playing around enough at early ages. In a typical league game the average kid may handle the puck for a total of 1 minute the whole game. If you put a handful of kids on a backyard rink they can stick handle and shoot for hours. Many are saying that in general European players have more imagination because they spend less time playing organized hockey at the youngest ages and more time building their skills and having fun.

How many times have you heard an NHL player talk about growing up and playing on a pond or in a backyard until his mother had to call him in from the dark for supper? If your kids love to play then a backyard rink gives them access all the time. Now of course we all know that only a very small percentage of kids will ever become professional players. A big benefit of ice rink building is that it gives your children something better than video games to play. In this day and age when child obesity is becoming more and more common providing them with a fun way to actually get some exercise is the best gift you could give your children.

Ice Hockey Training Part 3

Wayman Harten - Thursday, February 14, 2013
The one thing that sometimes makes people and players skeptical about synthetic ice is its durability and probability to injuries. This may have been an issue in the past, but we have perfected our technology to eliminate this problem. Our panels are made of the best material and are designed and constructed to fit into each other seamlessly so as to leave no gaps, cracks or bumps that will be injurious to the skater in any way. This is a major advantage over many competitive products even today that have flawed joint systems that over time can be hazardous.

Our solutions have been trusted and rated highly for their ability to withstand the test of time and providing the best skating experience. So if you are looking for something that will make your ice hockey training really worth the effort, look no further. We have the answer to all your questions. Our ice training rink can be put up on any surface at all. Be it your backyard, driveway, deck or even the basement garage. Any smooth and firm surface can act as the base for laying our icing rinks. And we assure you that they will last more than 7 years in the minimum, saving you a lot of money in the long run. In fact many people get more than twice as many years as that, and at that point you can even flip the sheets over and you’ve got a fresh new surface! It is also easy to install and refit and the cost is surprisingly affordable.

Skating is a sport that depends a lot on the least amount of friction that is present in the surface. This has often been a reason why people avoid skating on synthetic surfaces. In fact, if you ask professionals, many would say that they would rather train on synthetic surfaces than on real ice. It has been proven the best training method for sports like ice hockey and figure skating where the increased resistance has been shown to lead to a considerable increase in the players’ stamina and performance.

Ice Hockey Training Part 2

Wayman Harten - Friday, January 04, 2013
Ice hockey training involves constant practice and dedication to hard work. Many hockey enthusiasts find it hard to hone their skills, as they have no place or time to practice. Our synthetic ice solutions will make sure that you do not have to travel far or readjust your schedule in order to work on your game. Our ice rinks have advanced ultraviolet stabilization and will help you use the rink indoors or outdoors. Moreover, our ice rinks have proven to be the best for the purpose of ice hockey training. It has about 10-15% more resistance as compared to regular ice, which makes it the best for training. It will definitely improve your skills and consistency on ice making you a far better player. You will notice the marked improvement as you step onto the ice for the next game. It will make you faster and more skillful owing to the higher level of exercise that you have received on the synthetic surface. Stay tuned for my next post where I'll talk about durability and quality of synthetic ice today.

Ice Hockey Training

Wayman Harten - Friday, December 21, 2012
There is an alternative today that is revolutionizing ice hockey training as we know it. If you are a skating enthusiast or a fan of the NHL, you would know what it means to wait till winter for a game. It is almost depressing. There is something about standing and skating on a piece of smooth ice that is irresistible to many people. It is a beautiful feeling. The only problem is that it cannot be experienced till the pond next to your lake is frozen. Of course, there is always the option of going to the skating rink but can you fit that into your schedule? With work and family fighting for your time, we guess that would be a little complicated. This is why we bring you a far easier and much better solution called Synthetic Ice solutions. This is the answer to all your ice hockey training needs.

If you are an ice hockey fan or play in a competitive or recreational league in your locality, you know how important it is to practice. Ice hockey is not an easy game; it is a fast paced physical sport which requires its players to be quick and agile. But this is not easy if you practice once a month. Ice hockey training involves high speed skating and physical contact. This means that every player should be as skillful on his skates as he is with the stick. For this we provide you with the best in synthetic ice solutions, which will ensure that you can practice anytime of the day that you want to. We use the most technologically advanced equipment to create the best in artificial ice available in the market today. Our synthetic ice rinks can be manufactured according to your needs and also come in custom shapes.

Today's Outdoor Hockey Rink

Wayman Harten - Friday, November 09, 2012
In my previous post I described the history of the synthetic outdoor hockey rink. I'll now tell you about Today's Outdoor Hockey Rink and what has changed.

The years have come and gone, material compositions have changed greatly, allowing for better wear and stability, which will add only to the products life, but also additives to create a Ultra Violet stabilized products which could now expand upon the areas in which Synthetic Ice can be used, no more would skating be restricted to cold temperatures outdoors in the winter or to refrigerated indoor areas in the summer, now you can use it anywhere, such as your basement, in your garage, or even out on your deck in the back yard, at any time, and as well in any season. Expansion and Contraction issues have been greatly reduced, or are almost now nonexistent due to technologically advanced ways of joining the panels together. Glide and or travel on the material has also been greatly increased with newer cleaner versions of enhancers that have been developed and are now available.

Synthetic Ice Solutions has become a great success by producing an amazing product that is designed and priced so that the average family can buy synthetic ice. You can put it in the basement or outside, use it for serious training or recreation. Whatever the case, your synthetic ice rink will give you many years of enjoyment.

Wayman Harten is the Owner & President of Synthetic Ice Solutions, Wayman has 28 years of Technical Experience in the Plastics Industry and is passionate about providing the best artificial ice rinks at very affordable prices. Visit www.syntheticicesolutions.com to see information and videos about the product or email info@syntheticicesolutions.com if you have a question.