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Martin St. Louis flexes muscles, photogenic prowess in ESPN Magazine Body Shot feature

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning

Time and time again, Martin St. Louis has been recognized for his numerous on-ice performances, and generally speaking, the exceptional skill that is woven into his overall game.

But perhaps what goes unnoticed, probably more often than it should, is not the Tampa Bay Lightning forward’s game of course, but that which is essential to it.

St. Louis was featured in the April 15 issue of ESPN Magazine, on sale now, in a vignette dubbed “Body Shot,” in which a sports figure is photographed outside of his or her uniform, and nearly in the nude, for the purpose of celebration and exploration of physical athletic form.

The piece honors athletes of diverse shapes, sizes, genders and races within the boundaries of taste and frontiers of creativity, but also serves as a testament to the work the athletes do off the ice, as well as the effort they exert, all for the purpose of enhancing their most important asset – their bodies.

Looking at the picture, it is evident that St. Louis’ physique is both an accurate and telling visual of the muscle groups that are so important to hockey.

It is no secret that he is in great shape, as seen by his abs, glutes, and of course, his legs.

The 37-year-old, 5-foot-8 NHL star, however, must compensate for his lack of size, and that is where doing specific exercises designed to key in on particular muscle groups is so important.

Marty St. Louis can be found in the April 15 issue of ESPN Magazine, on sale now.

For that, St. Louis works out with personal trainer Ben Prentiss at his Connecticut summer home, where his strength is increased through performing a series of challenging exercises, including Olympic lifting, sled pulling, box jumps, long jumps and plyometrics.

It is an important routine for not only St. Louis, but all hockey players, since rarely can they get away with being one-dimensional. Every position on the ice demands total-body strength, explosiveness, speed, and endurance. And for that reason in particular is why St. Louis spends so much time working on his legs, specifically his quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.

In fact, Google the phrase “Martin St. Louis leg workout,” and it is not long into any search result that it becomes apparent that the prescribed fitness regimen is the stuff of Internet legend.

There is a specific back squat exercise in which the Bolts forward performs one rep with a barbell loaded with 325 pounds, plus a pair of loaded weight releasers for a grand total of 395 pounds. When his hips reach parallel, the hooks fall off and he explodes back to the top with 325.

Not to mention, the one where he pushes a Prowler (mind you, that’s a car) loaded with 140 pounds while dragging a weight sled loaded with 115 pounds. He pushes the Prowler for 15 yards, then sprints 25 yards with just the sled alone.

For St. Louis, it is all too practical.

In that sense, it is very well the only reason St. Louis, at his age, can still log more than 20 minutes per night and consistently finish in the top five of league scoring year after year.

And if it’s any bonus, it’s the sort of thing that can even warrant one his very own nationally-recognized magazine spread.

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