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03-09-2006, 03:50 PM
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Tired legs

I skate 2-3 times a week and am relativly good shape. My problem is my legs always feel like I have just finished running a marathon once I am on the ice. Anyone else have this problem, or are there any doctors/trainers in the house that can make a suggestion on what I can do

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you just need a little conditioning. try running suicides in a park they usually help

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I've actually had this problem lately since I've been playing an extra time a week than I had been used to. I think it's just a matter of getting the body used to it.

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ITs been 3 months. Some nights I feel great others its like I have ankle weights

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Nothing builds leg strength and endurance like biking. Try riding 10-15 miles, 3 times a week next off season. You should maintain a fast pace. 90 rpm or better.

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Nothing builds leg strength and endurance like biking. Try riding 10-15 miles, 3 times a week next off season. You should maintain a fast pace. 90 rpm or better.
This is what does it for me. If I can get into the gym 3x/week, I'm in great shape for hockey.

I usually do at least 30 minutes on the stationary bike (95+rpm at as high a difficulty level as I can manage). Sometimes I'll add 30 on the elliptical trainer, or another 30-minute session on the bike.

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You need to lift weights to strengthen your lower body. Squats, leg extensions, stuff like that. 8 reps, 3 sets of heavy weight to build explosive muscle but you never fatigue the muscle to aid in recovery. You should also look at your food intake before and after games. You might not be eating enough protein or carbs, it's important that you eat some protein after your games and watch what you eat 24 hours prior to your game.

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I had this problem and solved it with food. 2.5-3 hours before every game I have a farily large serving of whole wheat pasta. My legs are usually good to go.

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I try to eat minimum 4 hours before I play. I prefer to play on an empty stomach and eat afterwards which helps the recovery process.

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I try to eat minimum 4 hours before I play. I prefer to play on an empty stomach and eat afterwards which helps the recovery process.
Me too, if i eat too late, its a good chance my legs will cramp up/hurt.

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Agreed on the diet thing. You might also try a few ounces of a sports drink before skating. I have about a quarter of a bottle of gatorade before playing, and hve the rest of it afterwards. It makes a big difference in my endurance.

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Nothing builds leg strength and endurance like biking. Try riding 10-15 miles, 3 times a week next off season. You should maintain a fast pace. 90 rpm or better.
rather then riding a bike, would an eliptical work?

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Do high rep squats help for endurance? I've been doing squats using my own body weight by holding onto a post and leaning back. I think they're called "sissy squats" , but I can definently feel it when I'm done.

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I had this problem and solved it with food. 2.5-3 hours before every game I have a farily large serving of whole wheat pasta. My legs are usually good to go.
I'd hurl if I ate that soon before a game.

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rather then riding a bike, would an eliptical work?
Elipticals don't work for me. I can't keep my heart rate up even when I'm spinning like a mad fool. Plus it doesn't target the quads like a bike does.

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You can also buy EAS drinks, 1/2 carbs, 1/2 protein for recovery after a game. They sell them at most grocery stores, you just have to make sure they are the 1's with carbs.

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Two words - Red Bull.

I drink one in the locker room while I am getting dressed and energy is never a problem. Coffee wakes you up and makes you alert, but it doesn't give you energy.

Make sure you eat a decent meal on game days and get plenty of sleep the night before.

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Is there a difference between the stationary bikes where you are more parallel to the ground than the ones where you are more vertical? (Legs going horizontal as opposed to vertical)? Thanks.

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Is there a difference between the stationary bikes where you are more parallel to the ground than the ones where you are more vertical? (Legs going horizontal as opposed to vertical)? Thanks.
I was told there wasn't really a difference. If I remember correctly it was one put less stress on your back. That would be the one where you are closer to the ground with you legs out in front of you.

Don't quote me on that, but I did ask my physical therapist that very question last summer.

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Careful with the energy drinks. My brother was drinking one of the ephadra drinks before a hockey game and ened up having a heart attack during the game. He was only 30 at the time.

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Is there a difference between the stationary bikes where you are more parallel to the ground than the ones where you are more vertical? (Legs going horizontal as opposed to vertical)? Thanks.
Recumbent bikes are recommended for people of all fitness levels, especially beginners and sedentary riders, because they have a bigger seat, they are more comfortable, new riders can adjust the resistance to nothing, and your hands are free for other activities like reading. You are also less likely to fall off. These bikes may also work your body at an angle that puts less stress on back and joints. I said "may" because some fitness experts disagree.

The only drawback I've heard is working on a horizontal plane rather than a vertical plane may put less stress on your heart, meaning that you get less results from a workout of equal intensity. However, fitness experts are split on whether this is fact or fiction.

But it really comes down to personal choice. My wife has a recumbent bike but I hardly ever use it because my *** falls asleep if I ride more than 10 minutes.

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I have to start working out my legs more often. Right now I find that eating less and more healthy food at least 4 hours prior to the game gives me more energy.

Also, when I stretch an hour before gametime and do it properly - not bend over touch your toes for 5 seconds - that my legs feel much better during the game. I'll usually do one stretch position and hold for at least 20 real seconds.

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