Gear advice for an overweight beginner
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12-17-2011, 11:06 AM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
Congrats on the hard work and weight loss. It's a bear, I know. I've talked to a lot of guys though who've lost 50-100 pounds and kept it off playing hockey 1-2 times a week. It keeps you active and motivated and is a blast.
I think so long as you keep eating right and slowly losing weight you'll be fine. I've played with lots of guys who are 50-75 pounds overweight and while they can't push it as hard, they still can play. Hell, I'm probably 30 pounds overweight and I lead my division in scoring
Question 1: Are there specific things I need to be aware of as a fat guy to make sure I don't just tip through a pair of skates in a few days? A pair of cheap skates won't cut it - I'm thinking of trying to pick up a used pair of top of the line skates from two years ago but maybe I can find last year's model on clearance.
Is money an issue? If not, get a pair of skates in the $200-300 range. You may end up dropping 1/2 to 1 size in your feet as you lose weight. But considering how serious you are about skating, investing in quality off the bat is not a bad idea.
Personally, I feel any skates under $150 are garbage and should not be purchased by anyone. They have flexible outsoles, soft boot material, and subpar holders and steel. If you can get used skates that are still stiff and have steel, great! But fit is key.
In 10-16 weeks I need to start picking up the rest of the gear - sticks and pads.
Question 2: Am I going to have trouble finding gear that will fit me? I've seen compression jocks for 40-44" waists. I'm wearing 44 pants now - are the sizes realistic? Are there key words I should be looking for (like when I buy pants I look for boot or relaxed cut - not skinny, slims, etc)?
You may have to get custom pants but otherwise you should be fine. I have a 36-38" waist and I normally fit into medium pants even though technically I should be in larges (large always feel too big because I'm short and have a narrow waist even though I've got a bit of belly). I'm guessing you can probably use XL pants and suspenders to keep them up. Jocks have different fits and if it's an issue just go with the old style ones or get ones that have a looser fit.
Question 3: Any thoughts on how my weight will affect my stick selection?
99% of people will tell you to use 1/2 your weight but I think it's more height dependent. If you're 5'9 I'd go 75 flex to start with, unless you're strong as a bear and then go to 85.
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