What is the Bronko Belt RTI?
The Bronko Belt RTI is a new, resistance training device for hockey players which is worn on-ice during practice to help develop sport-specific strength, speed and quickness. The belt is worn over your pants so it's easy to put on and adjust.
What is resistance training?
Resistance Training is a form of strength training where each effort or rep is performed against a specific opposing force caused by resistance. The resistance can come from weights, elastic bands, hydraulics etc. Regardless of the source of the resistance, the goal of resistance training is the gradual and progressive overloading of the muscles to cause increased strength, tone, mass or endurance. Most hockey players will do resistance training at the gym in order to add strength, power and/or mass. However, whether you're in the gym or on the ice, the principle behind resistance training remains the same.
Is resistance training on ice new?
If you've ever had to push the net down the ice during practice or had to pull a teammate behind you while he held onto your stick or jersey then you've done resistance training on ice. Why are these drills used? Among other reasons, they're used to condition your muscles to move more weight than they're used to. The same principle is at work with the Bronko Belt. What makes the Bronko Belt better is that your hands are free to shoot, stickhandle and pass while you wear the belt. You can do almost any drill with the belt that you can do without it (although it isn't recommended to use the belt for drills focusing substantially on body contact) meaning you can use the belt almost any time you're on the ice for practice including during drills which simulate game situations.
Why is the Bronko Belt better than other on-ice training aids?
The biggest reason the Bronko Belt is superior is its weight distribution pattern. Because the training weight in a Bronko Belt is located evenly on both hips, it doesn't affect your balance or restrict your range of motion which means your skating stride isn't negatively affected. The distribution pattern is also important from a safety perspective because it prevents the unnecessary strain on your back which can result when you place the training weight on your extremities instead of around your center of gravity. Placing the weight around your waist has one additional important feature: it allows you to shoot, pass and stickhandle like normal so you can participate in most of the drills you normally do. Other important features include:
- You can use it during a normal practice. You don't have to be doing power skating to become a stronger skater. Get more from the ice time you have.
- It's comfortable to wear whether you're doing a drill or sitting on the bench waiting for your next shift. Other alternatives can be time-consuming to put on or must be removed if you leave the ice.
- The belt can be put on and used alone without the help of a coach or teammate. Use the belt on your own in practice or wear it when the coach asks you to. It's easy to put on and take off so you can wear it for one drill and take it off for the next.
- It's fully adjustable. Adjust the positioning of the weight packs so the belt fits your body and your stride. Choose how much weight to use depending on your fitness level and training goals.
No other training aid can offer the same combination of features and versatility. The Bronko Belt RTI helps you get more from each practice because every drill becomes a more intense, sport-specific workout.
Who is the Bronko Belt intended for?
Does the Bronko Belt eliminate having to go to the gym?
Off-ice training, including a combination of weight lifting, plyometrics, sprinting etc. is critical in improving overall strength, quickness and agility. However, to translate the strength gains made off-ice into hockey-specific improvements, the type of training you do on-ice is also important. The Bronko Belt allows you to combine both resistance training and sport-specific movements to facilitate and accelerate the transition of gains made off-ice into on-ice impovements. It does not however eliminate the need for a rigorous off-ice training program.
How much training weight should I use on the ice?
The amount of training weight required will depend on the individual using the belt. Age, physical strength, conditioning level and training goals all factor into the decision of how much training weight to use. Because of the high speeds generated in hockey, adding even a small amount of weight to the belt results in a noticeable increase in the effort required to skate. Each Senior (large) Bronko Belt RTI comes with 8 lbs. of training weight (4 lbs. in each weight pack) with additional weight sold seperately. Each Junior (small) Bronko Belt RTI comes with 4 lbs. of training weight (2 lbs. in each weight pack). The Bronko Belt allows you to select and adjust the amount of training weight you insert into the weight packs so you can start with less weight and work your way up. The proper amount of training weight should make it feel like you're working harder to skate but it should NOT make you feel that you can't keep up during drills or that you have to adjust your skating stride to compensate for the training weight.
How do I put the belt on?
Removing the belt is a simple, two-step process. First, pull on the RipCord loop at the back of the wasit belt to release the Tie Down strap on the back of your pants. Second, unfasten the main buckle of the waist belt at the front of the Belt. The Bronko Belt will slide off your pants and you can put the Belt on the player's bench. Note that removing the weight packs one at a time and leaving the waist belt on your pants is a good idea if you plan on using the weight packs again later in the practice. Once you've tried it a couple times, adding or removing the Bronko Belt RTI will only take seconds. You'll be able to do it on the ice, on the bench or in the locker room.
What does it feel like to wear a Bronko Belt?
You'll notice it requires more effort to reach the same speeds and that it's particularly difficult when you're changing directions. Once you've worn the belt for a few minutes though, you'll start to get used to the weight, focus on the next drill and forget you are wearing the belt altogether. Of course, your body will still need to work harder than normal to compensate for the extra weight but you'll be able to participate in drills as though you weren't wearing anything. Once you take the belt off, you'll feel lighter and faster immediately. You'll notice how big a difference a few pounds can make. The sensation will fade in a few minutes as your body gets used to your normal weight again but over time the muscles that power your stride will grow stronger as they adapt to the heavier weight.
Should I wear the belt at all times during practice?
It's not recommended to wear the belt for the duration of every practice because you want to train your body to use its increasing strength to move your normal (lighter) body weight around as quickly as possible. Since strong and slow is not the goal, you must incorporate time to do drills at full speed into your workouts--which means time when you're not carrying around extra weight. Therefore, it's recommended that the belt be worn for only a portion of practice and not the entire length. For example, you can wear the belt for every drill in the first half hour of practice or, alternatively, you could wear the belt for the first two or three reps of each drill-- and then do the drill again without the belt for the final few reps.
Where can I buy a Bronko Belt RTI?
Can I try one before buying it?
What do I get when I buy a Bronko Belt RTI?
Does it come in different colours?
What size is right for me?
Bronko Belt RTI Sizing Waist Size Height
Adult (Large) 32"-38" 5'6"-6'6"
81cm-96cm 167cm-196cmYouth (Small) 28"-32" 4'6"-5'6"