Jamie Benn on training changes and his progress

"I'm not getting any younger, so you have to adapt a little bit"

by Sead Dedovic
Jamie Benn on training changes and his progress

Jamie Benn is aware that he is already in his late playing years and has decided to train much more and work on himself. "I'm not getting any younger, so you have to adapt a little bit," - he said as quoted by NHL. "It's paying off this year." Dallas coach Peter DeBoer is pleased with Benn's work and effort.

Benn's games are the best indicator of how much he gives his maximum and how much he wants to be the best version of himself. "We wouldn't be in the position we're in in the standings without him and his leadership,"-Peter DeBoer said.

"The work he put in, how he came to camp, how accepting he was of new coaching and new linemates and new role, almost, there was zero pushback on anything we were trying to sell. He did his part and came in in great shape with a great attitude and he's getting rewarded for that."

Brad Jellis and his reaction

Team strength coach Brad Jellis revealed how he works with Benn and what their ultimate goal is.

They changed a lot, all with the desire to show Benn the best of himself. "In the past, we focused more on his pure strength, and I think as an older athlete, he has his strength base, solid, from years of training," he said.

"So I think a lot of his lifts, we've kind of changed tempos of it, changed the weights with it and just worked on a lot more explosive stuff. Instead of him squatting 285 pounds or 350 pounds or whatever, we're keeping him lighter, and then at a more explosive tempo.

A lot of the time, you're doing a controlled three-second down, then take two seconds to come up with heavier weight. With him, we wanted to keep everything lighter so it's more explosive."