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11-01-2010, 11:03 AM
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I try to time it so that my workout routine has me doing an upper body workout on a game day -- arms, chest, shoulders, back. Or I'll do some light cardio, like a casual bike ride or an outdoor skate. If the game is in the evening and I have the day off, I might do some more intense cardio in the morning/afternoon, but still try not to break the anaerobic threshold (HR at/over 80% of your HRmax).

On the same day, avoid any resistance training that targets your legs or core. Try and avoid anaerobic cardio like HIIT unless you have at least 8 - 10 hours before a game. I find that both these kind of workouts sap the strength right out of me.

This speaking as a beer-league goalie who works M-F 9am-5pm, and has most of his games weekday evenings. Hockey isn't my life and livelihood -- I train to be an all-around athlete, not a pro goalie -- but I'd still rather win a game than follow my workout schedule verbatim.

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