DeMarco Off Ice Training

Joe DeMarco is the Director of the Mercer Chiefs Off Ice Training and is conveniently located just down the street within a quick walk from Ice Land. He recently completed a $150,000 renovation including an expansion to his facility to accommodate the Chiefs and his growing business. He is currently continuing the renovations to include locker rooms.

Joe has been a Sports Performance Trainer for the past 25 years. He is one of the top strength and conditioning specialists with top notch coaching and nutritional counseling and provides athletes with tools to take your game to the next level.

    Joe has trained some of the best athletes in the country, from professional baseball and softball players, football, and hockey players, to Olympic athletes. He continues to develop athletes of all ages and skill levels throughout the Mercer County area. He was the recipient of the Trentonian training facility of the year in 2010 and 2011 and is confident in his abilities and believes that it is important for our athletes to partake in a performance training program.


De Marco Training classes are scientifically designed to improve an athlete’s performance as well as reduce the risk of injury while playing sports. Dedicated to enhancing athletic performance, this system integrates a comprehensive individual training program tailored to each athlete and sport. By focusing on speed and movement training to enhance all areas of athletic performance, the program’s goal is not simply to run fast, but to play fast. Playing fast consists of running fast, reacting fast, and recovering fast. The concept behind our program is to train the body beyond its normal capacity, allowing the athlete to get the most out of training. Each athlete will be evaluated for functional movement, power, speed, agility and sport-specific conditioning. Once we identify the strengths and limiting factors of each individual we prescribe and implement a comprehensive training program.

Each athlete begins with a physiological and anatomical screening process to best decipher the clients’ needs and deficiencies. From there, one of our Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists will map out a plan of action for reaching the goals required by your young athlete or team.

Hockey Players on average players perform for 20 minutes of a 60-minute game. A typical interval on the rink lasts 80 seconds with a 4-5 minute rest interval between shifts. These shifts tend to be anaerobic in nature with short, intense bouts of high speed skating and aggressive body contact, demanding a high level of anaerobic endurance and muscular endurance. A player’s aerobic capacity and tolerance to lactic acid are related to a player’s time on the ice and subsequently the number of scoring chances. The intermittent nature of the game means that aerobic capacity becomes important. By helping players to recover between shifts and produce the same level of performance in the 59th minute as in the 1st minute. Couple all this with the unnatural movement of skating and holding a stick and it becomes obvious why ice hockey is highly physically challenging.

Today’s elite hockey players are physically bigger, faster and stronger than their predecessors. They are one of just a few groups of athletes that may benefit from hypertrophy training for increased muscular endurance and size. However, while weight training is an integral part of the annual off ice hockey training plan, it must be specific. Increased lean mass is not the only goal of strength training. Gains in maximal strength are only useful on the rink if they are converted into explosive power and power endurance.

Joe DeMarco
Director of Off Ice Training, Mercer Chiefs

Parents of Chiefs –
Why stand around at the rink or wait in the car while your Chief is practicing? DeMarco has set up a special rate JUST for Chiefs parents – $25 a month and YOU can train while your player is on the ice! Training isn’t ONLY for athletes – it is for everyone – for your physical and mental health! Contact Joe to get started TODAY!