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    Where does hockey fall in the 10 Primal Blueprint Laws?

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    I started playing ice hockey again, but I can't figure out if it counts towards Sprint Intervals or just play.

    What do you think? Most shifts are very high intensity for 30-60 seconds, then a 2-3 minute rest.

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    Sprint interval, for sure, if you're playing it right.

    Shinny would be more like "play" but anything above half decent beer league is serious huffing and puffing.

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    I was at a UW Badger hockey game a few weeks ago....they were beating the bejeezus out of each other! Playing like that HAS to count for some cardio.
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    If you love it, then it counts for both! Play is about mental refreshment via fun physical activity.

    If it's just a form of exercise, then it's just a sprint.

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    +1 for both, though I've heard Mark mention (not personally obviously, it's not like we have a regular yarn over a steak or 3 ) that play is for the sake of play with no attachment to the outcome (paraphrasing)... I think he was talking about how he gets too competitive when playing Ultimate, which takes away some of the playfulness of the play.

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    I play for several teams and love it! I count it as play and an extended sprint workout. It's an excellent workout, especially when you play physical as well. I love how worn out I am after a game involving lots of penalties...lol
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    Who cares? It's fun. It's cardio (but not chronic) and it's interval training (prob not sprinting since you're not necessarily going all out each shift).

    I'm a goalie and it's definitely interval training. I range from relaxing in my crease to frantic up/downs (like burpees in 40 lbs of gear) and skating side to side. It's all good.

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    Thanks for the replies! I did some pickup for fun last week.

    I'm worried that it could get into chronic cardio. The last time I played and ref'd, I was craving carbs like you couldn'y believe. I haven't felt any of that now.

    I did forget to bring some Grok energy drink with me though...

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    It doesn't matter!
    It's both play and intervals, and, if you're hitting people, maybe even some strength training too. The more important thing is that you enjoy it. You don't have to pay attention to the laws exactly as written.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWP View Post
    Thanks for the replies! I did some pickup for fun last week.

    I'm worried that it could get into chronic cardio. The last time I played and ref'd, I was craving carbs like you couldn'y believe. I haven't felt any of that now.

    I did forget to bring some Grok energy drink with me though...
    1) It's not chronic cardio. It's fractal movement at its best. It's interval training at most. Also, people here get too worked up about the chronic cardio. If you're not running/ellipticalling/exercise biking for over an hour at the same pace, IT'S NOT CHRONIC CARDIO!!!!

    2) Then eat some carbs. Eat a sweet potato or a banana before and/or after. Eat some white rice if you feel like it.

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