Camilla Rehn is not a hockey player. But, in her life, a lot of things revolve around ice hockey. First of all, Camilla is a hockey mom. Her kids, Daniel (14) and Emma (11) are both hockey players. This amazing 39-year-old Swede is also a personal full time coach, who often works with hockey players as well. Currently, she is a strength coach of the women’s hockey team Linkoping (LHC). In the summer she also works with male hockey players who want to achieve the best possible fitness level for the upcoming hockey season. At the same time, Camilla also helps her son’s hockey team with pre-season workouts.
According to her friends and clients, Milla is an eternally young person who radiates enormous energy, power and wisdom, motivating athletes and other people to work continuously, not only on their performance, strength and endurance, but on the everyday lifestyle as well. She inspires many young girls to become stronger, not just physically but mentally as well, and encourages their self-confidence. Milla brings the sparkle that ignites the fire in the heart of every human and athlete, and you just cannot stay indifferent to that.
I HATED PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AS A KID
When I was a kid, I hated physical activities. But when I turned 12, I started playing soccer. One day my coach asked me what I had liked more, the pre-season tough workout in the gym, or the actual soccer season. I immediately answered: ‘The gym.” Since that time I changed my focus from the soccer field to the gym and a group training.
WORKING WITH ATHLETES IS ALWAYS A CHALLENGE
I decided to become a personal trainer because I strive to help others succeed in achieving their goals. I don’t have an exact number of the people I have been training. But I’m doing personal workouts with 5-6 different people per day. After that, I work with the girls’ hockey players from the Linköpings HC. If I want them to be in the best physical condition. As a strength coach I must have good communication skills and work together with their head coach. This has worked great so far this season, with the women’s hockey team LHC. Their head coach Madde Östling is a former hockey player, so she knows very well what it takes.
ALWAYS WORK OUT TO MAKE A PROGRESS
My most valuable principle is to always have clear goals, and practice in order to make a progress. No matter how big your next step is, it’s important to go further. When I work with regular clients, it often happens that they aren’t 100% focused on their diet and training, and I can understand that. But when I work with athletes who are at a higher training level, every practice is a challenge, for me as well as for them. During hard workouts, I usually have to force the athletes to take a break and rest. They have to be willing to rest their bodies if they want to perform the best when it really counts. It is an honor for me to train hockey players. The job is fun and challenging.
MEN JUST DO WHAT I SAY
The biggest difference between training men and women is that the men always just do what I say. The women always ask why they have to do a certain exercise. They always give suggestions about what they want to do. But there is another important thing. When it comes to the training schedule for women, I really have to think of it. Most often they don’t have enough time to recover after a hard workout, because many of them work a normal job, and then have household and parental duties. It leaves them with less time for other personal activities.
HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY
Otherwise, I think it’s pretty similar working with men and women. In my case, honesty is the best policy. I am a direct person, and I always say what I think. If you want to make a progress, there is no place for making things softer and easier. If I see someone’s doing a great job, I say it. On the other hand, if I think someone needs to step it up and work harder, I say that too.
SOME GOOD AND NOT SO GOOD MEMORIES
I have many great memories since I’ve become a personal coach. One of them is a woman who had problems with her shoulder and couldn’t sleep well at nights because of it for many years. After 6 months working with me, she quit taking pain killers and was able to train harder then ever. Another memory is of a man with diabetes. After only a month of adjusting his diet and training hard, he only had to take one insulin dose per day, instead of previous numerous daily doses.
My worst memory was when I led my first aerobics class. I was only 14 years old, very frightened and nervous. I remember I threw up before it.
MENTAL TRAINING FOR THE RIGHT ‘MODE”
To be successful in any sport, you have to love what you do. At the same time, you must always have a clear goal, and stay focused on it. I often work on mental training with my clients who are going through a lifestyle change. I know for sure that many athletes do the mental exercises from time to time, but I think it should be more often. That’s the best way to be in the right ’mode’.
EAT TO DELIVER
When it comes to diet and nutrition, all athletes must eat well, so that they can give their best at training. Think smart. You don’t fill your car up with water. Eat to deliver. If you do this correctly, you will not be a gentle and vulnerable human being; you will be a ’machine’. In my opinion, it is very useful to take protein as a nutritional supplement.
For example, it is awesome to add 1 spoon of whey protein to your oatmeal when you eat your breakfast. Also, you can take it again between the meals, just to make sure that you have the energy to perform! And- never forget how important the carbs are.
Unfortunately, I meet many young people (especially girls) who avoid carbohydrates because they think it’s bad for their bodies. But you need to eat good carbohydrates before AND after every training and game. Think smart.
THE WINNERS ARE THE HARDEST AND SMARTEST WORKERS
It would be so great if women’s hockey got more money so they could, for example, have access to full time personal trainers, massage therapists, nutritionists etc. These women fight so hard to be the best and I am really impressed by their love for the sport.
At the end, my message to all athletes would be: Those who train the hardest and smartest – they win! The question is, is it you? Do you train smart? Do you dare to rest? Do you watch what you eat? Think about it. Think smart.