When you guys work out, do you go more for a longer but lighter workout or do you go all out but for a shorter period of time?
I want to lose a bit of weight, but more than anything really, I just want to get a bit stronger. Have been getting injured in hockey way too much this season.
So if I go on the elliptical, should it be for 40-50 mins at a slower pace, minimum resistance and incline? Or should I do 20-25 minutes, faster speed, higher resistance, higher incline?
Thanks in advance
The best way to get stronger is low reps but heavy weight. Be careful and use good form though. You will not get strong using an elliptical. In fact, cardio alone is a really time consuming way to burn calories. I'd suggest throwing in weight training for fat loss too.
If you're worried about hockey injuries, I'd suggest you build strength using some heavy compound lifting. This means things like deadlifts and squats. These exercises are especially good for hockey as they strengthen your core and legs. They also teach your core and legs to work together.
Elliptical work will help your cardio, which is not the most efficient way to train for hockey. Hockey is a sport that relies on small bursts of power. So things like strength and recovery rate are more important than pure cardio. You'd be much better off combining weight lifting and HIIT (high intensity interval training). An example of HIIT would be 20 seconds sprinting followed by 10 seconds rest, then 20 seconds sprinting and 10 seconds rest, etc....This is also the best way to raise your metabolism and burn fat.
Doing things like Eliptical training is a low intensity way to burn calories and can be good to supplement a weight training program, but that alone will just make you look like a marathon runner. Even then, it's really difficult to burn calories with low intensity cardio alone. You're goign to need a couple of hours a day on the machine to have significant results. There are much more efficient ways to burn calories.