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09-09-2009, 08:18 PM
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The biggest fact to remember is that being in "good shape" by regular workout standards does not mean you are in good hockey shape whatsoever. The reason is because hockey is such a compound exercise, with multiple muscle groups being involved. It's a muscle and cardio workout. I've seen several guys who had great endurance, top level players, that looked to be either as skinny as crackheads or just your average couch potato. You don't need a 6 pack and having very low body fat is not necessarily a good thing in the world of hockey... Padding when you go down is very helpful. It's about striking a balance and the key to being in good hockey shape is... playing lots of hockey. I know, I know, that's a shocker...

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