Going to the gym the same day you have a game?
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11-06-2010, 12:16 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
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I do cardio EVERY game day, but I either go a good 5+ hours before the game OR I do a light 25 minute bike ride about an hour before I leave for the game.
I don't really lift on gamedays, but I play college puck. Honestly, if I was playing mens league, I wouldn't even blink at this question... I'd go to the gym and do a completely regular work out on gamedays and not even think twice about it.
Indeed, my game takes a minor hit from working out 7-10 hours before games, but slightly worse performance in beer league hockey is definitely better than interrupting my workout schedule. I have on average 3 ice and ball hockey games a week combined, if I were to take 48 hours off every time I lifted my workout schedule would be completely f***ed. I guess everyone's body is different, and recovers differently, if working out on game day is totally killing your game then stop, but for me it's a pretty minor difference (in general I'll start to feel a bit gassed in the early 3rd period if I work out the same day, mid 3rd period if I don't). My muscles are often shaking from exhaustion for a couple hours after my workout, but by the time my games come around (7-10 hours later) I feel quite recovered.
When I was playing more competitively, i.e. on my high school hockey team, I wouldn't do much in the way of weight lifting during the season, but that was also cause I was a lazy b**tard in high school
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