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01-30-2012, 02:35 PM
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for the rest of this post I will assume that you are at the beginner stage, not only in hockey, but in general physical preparedness. That simply means how well you will respond to "beginner" programming. A vast majority of people fall into this category.

here's the truth about training beginners. everything works. you can skate a ton and you will get in better playing shape. you can lift weights and it will help your hockey. as long as you do something, and push yourself over your previous limits, you will be improving. for beginners, overtraining is not a real concern if you remember to cherish your rest days and calories, and there is no such thing as getting worse by training. you are 20, with adequate calories and programming, your hormonal levels will allow you to make huge gains in strength and endurance, not to mention muscle mass and looking good naked.

to answer the question of nutrition, please post your height, weight, strength levels, body fat % if you have it. that will determine how large of a caloric surplus or deficit you will need.

now for programming, some things work better than others. you will gain more strength by lifting weights than skating for hours. on the other hand, you also need to skate in order to play, and finding the right balance between strength training, skill training, endurance training, playing games, and rest and recovery, is a big task.

having said that, it will help you to write down your skating schedule (games and practices) for the next 2-3 weeks, and find specific days when you can go lift, squeeze in extra practice, days when you can take completely for rest. if you'd like, post a sample, and i can tell you when to do what. but realistically, you should read a couple of books in the spirit of Starting Strength or Practical Programming for Strength Training.

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