Professional athletes don’t scale the peak without breaking a sweat. It takes superhuman effort, time, dedication and focus and Canadian Goalkeeper David Carter is no different.

David Carter started playing hockey at the age of 15. Apparently, his high school team needed a goalie, so he stepped up, which turned out to be one of the best decisions of his life. A graduate from the University of British Columbia in 2008, Carter has 170 caps with Canada’s senior national team since making his debut in 2007, and is still going strong.

In an exclusive interview with The Dragflick, The Canadian Star Goalkeeper, went on to discuss his fitness regime, his favourite smoothie recipe, his indulgence in technology to track fitness, his choice of fitness apps and gadgets as well as his other sporting interest.

 

DavidCarterHockey12
Behind the grill. David Carter. Photo Credits @GettyImages

Tell us about your biggest fitness influence?

As the oldest player in the Canadian team, I look at past players like legends Rob Short and Ken Pereira who played late into their 30s and maintained a very high fitness level.  The older you get, the harder you have to work out to stay ahead of the young-comers who want to take your spot.

Do you use any wearable tech and fitness gadgets to help you reach your health and wellness goals?

I wear a Polar Heart Rate monitor when I work out.  I do a lot of HIIT and found that the HR monitor easily allows me to track what zone I’m in.

Photo Credits @GettyImages
Photo Credits @GettyImages

Do you use any fitness apps on your mobile phone?

I generally don’t use health and fitness apps on my phone, as I find them unreliable.  I may occasionally check my resting heart rate in the morning,but holding your finger up to the phone’s sensor during a gruelling cardio workout isn’t ideal!

What do you think of fitness gadgets and apps? Does it impact or help an athlete’s performance. Can one do without it?

I would definitely endorse a good heart rate monitor as a way to track your calorie count and heart rate zones, but most people can generally go without one and rely on how their body feels during and post-workout.

 

What all can one find inside your gym bag?

Headphones, a lock, post-workout mix, shaker bottle, running shoes, gym clothes, shampoo, deodorant, hair product and a hair comb!

What kind of workout do you like best and why?

I prefer doing HIIT workouts, simply because you can get a lot done in a shorter amount of time. My each workout generally consists of doing 3 sets of each workout. I begin my workout on the the treadmill, where I’ll run roughly at 17 kmh for 45 sec and then rest.

Then i move onto the stair climber, where I’ll usually go single steps at the highest level for 1 min 20 sec, then at a lower level for 40 seconds. Next is the rowing machine, I’ll row as hard as I can for 100 metres, then rest, and then row again until I’ve rowed between 1500 and 2000 metres.Lastly, I’ll cool down on the exercise bike and reach 15 km in 25 minutes.

You daily diet plan.. 

Being healthy is very important to me. I believe the key to be healthy is in moderation, and not deprivation. I eat everything in moderation. I don’t follow any specific diets but I do try to get a lot of fruits and vegetables. I don’t worry a lot about fats but I do limit my intake. I am also weary of my sugar intake.

Because I’m in the gym, for almost 6 days a week and on the field for 4 days a week,  I do have a high caloric intake and therefore indulge in a hamburger or pizza occasionally. I enjoy having a healthy smoothie for breakfast. Also, nothing beats a good eggs benny!

David Carter Field Hockey Canada
Moderation, Not Deprivation – David Carters way to Fitness Photo Credits @DavidCarter

Your favourite go-to-smoothie..

I’ve rounded up my favourite healthy smoothie recipeIt’s healthy and can be easily done in 10 minutes, including preparation. All you need is almond milk, chocolate protein powder, frozen kale, blueberries and half banana with flax seeds. It’s infinitely variable, full of protein and very yum!

One piece of fitness training advice you would give any aspiring hockey player?

Hockey is one of the hardest sports on your body, so one should take care of it outside of training, whether that be with yoga or daily stretching. And one must make sure they get enough rest!

If not a hockey player, you would have been …

A rugby player, most certainly!