"As a coach in the female game for the last ten years, I am always on the look out for a better way to train and develop my players. I, like most coaches who made the switch from the male game, thought we had "been there and done that" in terms of seeing it all. Unfortunately, I have never experienced what it is like to be a 14 year old girl and could never fully speak to their needs, as everything I had been taught and was using up until this point had been designed by men for use with the male athlete.
I came across Kim’s program during my never ending search for off-ice fitness and female development over the summer. I purchased the deluxe set and went about setting up our Training and Team Bonding Camp from a new perspective. The camp and the implementation of Kim’s exercise protocols were a great success! So we took the next step and Kim came out to speak and to work with my team in a personal demonstration and seminar forum.
The girls had the time of their lives, it is a full month after the fact are still talking about it! I guess the first time I REALLY noticed a difference in my players and their attitudes toward warming up and cooling down, was at the recent Aeros tournament when I went outside to watch their pre-game warm-up routine. Up until that point I had been designing the program they followed and watched over them. In a couple of short weeks – they took the package that Kim gave them and designed their own high tempo and fun warm-up, incorporating different elements from the Best Hockey Season Ever program – I was elated and impressed.
I had to admit, that evening – I became an even bigger fan of Kim McCullough and her Total Female Hockey Program – I strongly recommend this program and especially the team seminar option she offers, where Kim really shines! The opportunity to meet and have a person of this caliber speak to your team in a personal and comfortable environment is truly worth it’s weight in gold!"
Head Coach – North York Storm Midget A
"Your "How To Get To The Next Level" seminar was great. Your message? about what it takes to improve your fitness, nutrition and mental performance to get to the next level was great and it resonated loudly within our girls. It was priceless for them to hear what kind of commitment is required to separate yourself from the rest of the pack from someone who has experienced it first hand as both a player and a coach. Thanks for putting on such a valuable seminar."
Head Coach – Ohio Flames 16U
“Kim McCullough is simply one of the best and brightest hockey-specific strength and conditioning coaches Canada has to offer! Kim’s background as an elite hockey player, passionate coach and academic researcher make Kim as qualified as you can get! Kim is committed to raising the standard for training sessions both on and off the ice. I can confidently recommend Kim’s training programs to any player knowing that they will receive the highest quality of training available!”
Strength & Conditioning Coordinator McMaster University
Strength and Conditioning Coach – Hockey Canada
2007 – U18 National Women’s Hockey Strength and Conditioning Coach
"Through her exceptional program, Kim has offered our girls a solid foundation on which they can build their hockey future. Kim delivers concepts in an energetic and engaging way, is an excellent communicator and a fantastic role model for our players. I am impressed with the depth and breadth of information she is able to impart upon girls as young as 10 or 11. This information, on fitness, strength training, mental toughness and nutrition will undoubtedly make a difference in a player’s on-ice performance.
As a parent, I appreciate what Kim has done to help my child understand the importance of good nutrition, hydration, stretching and fitness, As a trainer, I welcome having her as a resource to help me expand my own knowledge base."
Trainer, Leaside Wildcats, Peewee B
"Thanks for doing this seminar – it was great! All the information given was extremely valuable and your stories really put things into perspective. I know I’ll take a lot of what you said and start really applying it to my game.
I think it’s a great thing that you’re doing for girls hockey. Not many girls get the chance to have someone tell them it’s more than just the ice and the puck but how you train off the ice and the way you’re eating. I know this information will help me separate myself from being good to being great."
Mackenzie, aspiring girls’ hockey player
"I just wanted to say thanks for a fantastic job you did with our team, Kim.
Your seminar was awesome. You kept the girls interested as you talked about ways to improve their fitness and nutrition. They now understand why it is important to have a proper warm up and why to stretch after a workout – I know this will make a difference in their performance level.
Kim you are great role model for our girls – your experience and expertise both on and off the ice says it all. When it comes to training girl’s hockey teams, you know what works and what doesn’t.
I know that is seminar will do more than just make our team better this season, it will make it them better players for years to come. Thanks again."
Head Coach – Clarington Flames Atom B
“I had the honour of training Kim McCullough back in the mid-90’s when she was a talented young hockey player – full of ambition, drive and passion. Over ten years and thousands of athletes later, Kim remains as the most memorable young athlete I ever had the pleasure of working with. ??It is the same qualities she possesses athletically that make her one of the greatest youth coaches in the world today. Kim’s intelligence is beyond impressive and she aspires to learn as much about both the philosophical aspects of coaching, as well as the scientific aspects of conditioning, on a level that is equal or greater than any coach I currently know throughout my entire international network. ??The ambition, drive and passion that she exhibits as an athlete and the intelligence and conscientiousness that she carries through her professional pursuits are truly inspiring. To be trained and coached by Kim should be viewed as nothing less than an absolute honour.”
CEO, International Youth Conditioning Association
"I attended a player development seminar by Kim and I would highly recommend it to all trainers, coaches and parents. It gave me a new perspective on off-ice training and a better understanding of the dynamics behind specific exercises. Kim is very knowledgeable and presents her material in a relaxed and easy to understand manner."
Trainer, Burlington Barracudas Bantam AA
“Kim McCullough is an excellent role model for young players. Not only is she a great hockey player herself, but she is a leader in the fitness industry when
it comes to the development of young athletes, their development as hockey
players as well as their overall athletic ability. I know that Kim has the
best interests of young athletes at heart and working with her would make any
young athlete better.
In my experience as a high-performance coach, fitness and strength are crucial
elements for athletes to perform at their highest level and maximize their
potential. Kim’s programs will make you a stronger athlete and a better
hockey player. These are amazing resource for players, coaches, and parents! They are easy to navigate through and simple to execute anywhere. The exercises are fantastic and would make any hockey player a stronger and more balanced athlete. I have been privileged to work with many elite athletes throughout my career as a coach and the exercises included in the Total Female Hockey programs are the same or similar to those used in university, national team, and NHL training programs. I highly recommend all of the Total Female Hockey programs.”
Head Coach, York University Lions Women’s Ice Hockey
"Kim provided our team with current and relevant information which our players immediately put to use during pre-game preparations. Her approach was very professional and I feel the instruction our players received will have a significant influence on how they prepare for all future athletic competitions."
Head Coach, Cambridge Jr Fury (Provincial Women’s Hockey League)
Assistant Coach, 2007 U18 Team Ontario – Blue
"I was able to attend a session of Kim’s about proper off-ice training and found her to be an informative and motivational teacher. She broke down the exercises for us and gave some examples of "fun" techniques to introduce to our novice players. I use her pre-game warm-up with my team (as well as for my own games) and have noticed a real improvement both my players’ and my own skating and agility. I would definitely recommend attending one of Kim’s clinics and plan to myself when she comes back into town."
Coach, Burlington Girls’ Novice hockey team