FORTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios came to training camp this week as the NHL's oldest player, but, says his trainer T.R. Goodman, "he has the body of a 30-year-old." This summer, six days a week, Chelios hit Gold's Gym in Venice Beach, Calif., where Goodman, a former college hockey player, trains more than 20 NHL players. Goodman's hourlong workouts include no rest between sets and emphasize correct form. On his strength-building day, Chelios does seven exercises—those here as well as lateral raises and lunges (go to si.com/chelios)—repeated continuously in sequence until the hour is up.
This is an article from the Sept. 17, 2007 issue
With right leg back, bend left leg, lower chest to knee. Grip 45-pound dumbbell in right hand and raise until elbow is at back level. Eight reps each arm. FOR: primarily lats.
Bend at waist, head up, knees slightly bent. Grip 35-pound dumbbells with palms facing in. Straighten completely. Repeat. Eight reps. FOR: lower back, hamstrings, calves, glutes.
Lie on bench, grip 45-pound dumbbells in each hand. Begin with arms bent at either side of chest. Extend arms, then lower to sides of chest. Eight reps. FOR: chest, shoulders.
Hands shoulder width apart, grip 20-pound bar, with 35-pound plates on each end. Press bar until arms are extended. Lower to upper chest. Eight reps. FOR: primarily triceps.
CHELIOS'S TRAINING DAYS don't end when he returns to his beachfront Malibu home. He'll often take 40-mile bike rides along the Pacific Coast Highway, then spend the afternoon paddle-surfing for as much as 16 miles in the Pacific. Usually he'll be joined by his neighbor and big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton—or by his 18-year-old son, Dean (far left). "Paddling is underrated as an exercise," says the 5'11", 191-pound Chelios of the ancient Hawaiian technique of standing on a 12-foot-long board while paddling with a seven-foot oar. "It's a real workout when you're dealing with waves or going against the wind. The paddle is like a hockey stick used for balance and steering. Paddling works everything: legs, stomach, shoulders, back."