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What type of cardio should I do in hockey off-season?

If you have a four month hockey off-season, start by doing lower-intensity cardio to build your aerobic base and progress to using high-intensity interval training. There are three zones you will use; lower intensity, medium to high intensity, and very high intensity. Low-intensity cardio is activity during which you could easily hold a conversation, such as a fast walk or a slow jog. Medium-intensity cardio is activity during which you could hold a conversation but it would be difficult to do. You will have to work to stay in this zone and it can be uncomfortable. High-intensity cardio is activity during which you become breathless and unable to talk in complete sentences. You can only maintain this intenisty for a short time such as during sprinting. For the first month of the hockey season, use only low and medium-intensity cardio training for up to 6 days per week. During the second month, perform 1-2 days of low-intensity cardio per week, 1-2 days of medium-intensity cardio per week, and 1 day of high-intensity intervals per week. During the third month of the off-season, increase your workload to 2 days of high-intensity intervals per week, 1-2 medium-intesnity days, and 1 low-intensity cardio day. By the fourth month of the off-season you should be using high-intensity intervals that simulate game conditions, such as 30-45 seconds of high-intensity cardio followed by a 60-90 seconds recovery using low intensity cardio, 3-4 times per week. Any additional cardio should be low-intensity to serve as active recovery and prevent overtraining.

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