hi, i play field hockey, i'd like to recover faster afte sprinting across the field to get the ball, and just have more energy
currently i'm doing a 3 day split, rep range of around 10-14, 3 sets, been doing so for probably 7 weeks now, and i've been kinda avoiding cardio, even though i'm sure i'd be fine to do some- since i get some in with hockey
we play once a week and train once a week too, and it can be pretty intense depending on how hard you push
but yeah, will light cardio really do anything to help? brisk walks/jogs?, i don't know about intense running or HIIT as i'm already skinny enough without it
edit: oh as for my diet, i've been working to improve it lately, lots of beans, legumes, more tofu/seiten/quinoa type things etc, i'm still working on it though
Hey Muchidna, thanks for answering. Just my opinion and food for thought, but I'm not really sure how brisk walks or jogs would help to much for your sport. You mentioned practices and games were pretty intense cardio wise and I don't doubt that considering field hockey can be a pretty demanding sport. In your training you would want to simulate what happens in your game. Sprints, plyometric conditioning, and other workouts would seem to be better for yourself. You don't have to sprint all day
. Just get that intensity up.
As well, putting muscle on is very dependent on diet, and if you are improving it that is great! Just make sure you are eating over your maintance for calories and try to get in enough protein. As well, are you going to failure on your lifts? Have you tried lowering your rep range to say 8-12 reps? Or 6-8 and see how that worked out? This would allow you to lift heavier then your current rep range, which could be beneficial for you. Just lots of trial and error