What is the best and fastest way to improve your figure skating performance? You may have heard of or even tried off-ice training, or dryland training? But, do you need to do off-ice training? Is strength and conditioning really effective for figure skaters? FInd out everything that you need to know to get started with off-ice training in this video! Check out this video and learn more about off-ice training!
Skating is a demanding sport that requires core strength, plyometric strength, balance, and flexibility. While some skaters are naturally strong and flexible, most skaters need to improve their fitness in order to progress. Additionally, all skaters must perform proper warm-ups and cool downs, off the ice.
In addition to her figure skating credentials, Aimée has been certified by the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) as an Elite Personal Trainer (E-CPT), Certified Nutritionist Coach (CN), Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSSC), and Youth Fitness Coach (YFC), Precision Nutrition Certificate in Exercise Nutrition (Pn1), International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) as a Youth Fitness Specialist (YFS-1) and Youth Nutrition Specialist (YNS), Online Trainers Federation (OTF) as an Online Fitness Coach, and has studied skating specific training programs. Aimée's extensive training, fitness, and nutrition certifications along with her figure skating expertise make her uniquely equipped to create off-ice training programs for skaters of all ages and levels.
SHAPE America recommends school-age children accumulate at least 60 minutes and up to several hours of physical activity per day. Each bout of physical activity should be followed by cool-down stretches that help reduce soreness and avoid injury. Regardless of your skater's goals on the ice, physical activity is critical for healthy children. Aimée can get your child moving!
The principle of specificity states that sports training should be relevant and appropriate to the sport for which the individual is training in order to produce the desired effect. So, in a sport such as skating that requires a wider set of skills, a training program may break down different components so you train specifically for each one. The primary goal of specificity of training is to condition the muscles that will be used in the activity. Over time, you will develop muscle memory for specific actions so you can perform them without having to concentrate on them.
Skaters of all levels can improve their skating skills by correcting musculoskeletal issues that limit their ability to perform certain elements. Aimée is able to perform skater fitness assessments to determine a skater's deficits and create the most efficient exercise program for each individual.
After performing an assessment, Aimée will make recommendations on the following:
If a skater has never performed off-ice exercise before, the program will be designed so that it is easy for them to warm-up and cool down at every skating session, as well as do a complete work out several times a week. Skaters that are more experienced with off-ice fitness will be recommended a more challenging program.
The skater's progress will be monitored and the program will be adjusted according to the skater's progress as well as to periodize the training.
U.S. Figure Skating Recommends Off-Ice Training
The way that we train will look different for the foreseeable future. So, I have introduced virtual off-ice training for your skaters. Off-ice training is something that every skater should be doing anyway, and skaters that continue to train and remain focused on skating will have a potentially huge advantage.
Skating is a year-round sport and skaters that return to the rink physically stronger with improved off-ice skills will be able to regain on-ice skating skills quickly, and perhaps even make faster progress moving forward!
Continue challenging your skater and provide them with a “process” to keep them engaged and moving forward. It is also important that the train with specificity to skating so that skaters maintain their muscle memory. I can help with this!
Keeping some semblance of normalcy is critical during crisis situations. Children and young adults are often susceptible to fear and despondency (as are many adults). Experts agree that it is our responsibility as their guardians, mentors, and advisors to change their focus to more productive mindsets. Continuing to focus on something like skating, which they already love, can do just that!
I will always be responsive to the needs of my skaters and their families. If you are interested in virtual training, please book a session for your skater right now by selecting VIRTUAL as the location!
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Hiring an off-ice trainer or coach is a GREAT way to fast-track your progress to get the results you’re looking for safely, quickly, and more easily (and even have a lot of fun along the way).
But the truth is, finding exactly the right trainer, coach, or program for YOU can be pretty confusing. It can also feel a bit intimidating, especially if you’re new to off-ice strength and conditioning.
Inside this guide, you’ll find everything you need to find the right off-ice coach for YOU and YOUR GOALS - on and off the ice!