San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Exercises & Drills -
On and Off Ice Training
The Vision of What Constitutes Training Varies According to the Sport and the Desire to Compete
Most people will envision working out at a gym lifting weights when discussing off ice training; however, professional sports trainers have refined their off ice training by working with elite Olympic athletes to maximize the time, energy, and available financial resources available.
Increasingly there are facility constraints for available ice time that is optimal for training on the ice training. Some younger athletes are using alternative education program to be able to train, during the normal weekday school hours, on public sessions that do not otherwise attract many individuals from
9:00 a.m. to about 2:00 p.m. Week end ice activities have little open time expect for very early in the morning and late evening hours.
All disciplines of ice skating are expensive sports that require considerable physical stamina required to perform short and longer events, plus endurance competitions that requiring performing multiple events over the period of a few days.
There may also be sport specific technical skills that can also be targeted in off ice exercise/training. As a result coaches and their athletes have been forced to use the cheaper ice that is available at late evening and early morning hours when most people would prefer to be sleeping and acquiring an uninterrupted 8 hours of sleep.
Don't Reinvent The Wheel
If it has been proven to be successful for elite skaters, there is no reason that these techniques should not be applied to training beginning through non-elite senior event athletes. A fit body is essential participate in a full training schedule that includes off-ice sessions to increase their strength, flexibility, agility, and artistic skills.
It is makes sense, economical and physical, to participate in off-ice training sessions that augment an on-ice regime of training.
The mission of U.S. Figure Skating is to provide programs to encourage
participation and achievement in the sport of figure skating.
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associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
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