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Lionsgate Glides Out With Kovalev's 'Training Methods'

16 Feb, 2008 By: Billy Gil

Legendary hockey player Alex Kovalev is sharing with fans just how he hones his skills both on and off the ice in My Training Methods: Alex Kovalev. Lionsgate will release the two-disc title April 1 (prebook March 5) at $19.98.

The title showcases exercises designed by Tommy Sheehan, Kovalev's personal trainer. The exercises were shot using 24 HD cameras, giving viewers the option to see Kovalev's moves from multiple angles.

“I work with rubber bands, no dumbbells or weights,” Kovalev explained, saying the rubber bands cause less stress on the body. “[These exercises] can work for any athlete because most of them involve the upper body, core and legs.”

Kovalev's on-ice exercises include the hockey and training drills that helped make him a star, currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens. To that end, the DVD has both English and French subtitles.

The DVD includes a making-of featurette, a mini documentary called “Mr. Kovi,” and information on the Gift of Life Foundation, which helps children in need of cardiac surgery. Kovalev himself suffered from a heart ailment as a child and has arranged for the DVD's sales profits to go to the foundation.

“The experience definitely is not something I want any kid to experience,” Kovalev said. “As a little kid, doctors wouldn't let me skate, except for maybe 20 minutes of easy skating, once a week.”

The DVD's documentary was filmed in Kovalev's native Russia while he was traveling and doing charity work. Kovalev said it's about 45 minutes long, although he said another 90 minutes of leftover footage could make for another DVD later.

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