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Training Considerations
      Figure skating, just like any other sport or activity, requires discipline if an athlete desires to be successful in any chosen sport. It is not enough to just go skating whenever you want to. It requires a considerable amount of training on and off the ice if an athlete desires to complete at an elite level in national and international events.

      Every successful athlete has received the proper training in order to meet the physical requirements to excel in their sport. A figure skater must be physically fit in order to perform the competitive routines of this sport, especially the multi-revolution jumps. Amateurs and professionals alike must undergo the proper training for their own good. They must be physically and mentally strong, with excellent conditioning, plus a work ethic to continuously enhance their skills while following a training schedule designed to prevent injuries from occurring.

Training for Figure Skaters
      Skaters need to have flexibility training for their warm-up and cooling-down activities. Strength training, jumping and muscular power training, aerobic and anaerobic endurance conditioning are advised for all athletes. These training programs should be designed to help enhancing the body posture, carriage, and head, arm, and leg positions while on ice. Training should also help increase stroking speed and power, height of jump, rotation speed of jumps, jump landings, and also improve the cardiovascular condition and body strength of skaters.

      Figure skaters benefit from program of ballet training. This is helpful in making the skaters have the awareness in holding and controlling their bodies while on and off the ice. In ballet, they have the opportunity to understand and know how to use their arms, head and legs in a pleasing and natural manner. There are even specific ballet classes which incorporate Yoga and Pilates in the workouts. This enables skaters to do floor exercises to help them increase their awareness and centering their strength with their artistic and technical needs.

      Being active in other sports can benefit ice skaters and can provide crossover skills and self-confidence that will augment their figure skating training by developing their general fitness and health. Before engaging in any program of physical training activities, make sure that a doctor certifies that you are physically fit to reduce the possibility of any adverse effects.

      Figure skating is a sport that requires an athlete, both an active competitor or someone looking increase their figure skating test levels, to develop physical attributes, mental skills, and self discipline in addition to having a strong desire to become a champion!

Recommended Reading:

Ice Skating Training - How Much Should a Figure Skater Skate? Many people that enter figure skating don't know how often an ice skater needs to skate to improve. This short article will help answer that concern.

Go Figure Skating Training Figure Skating Training. Learning to skate is actually quite easy and fun. It requires a little determination, a lot of practice and no fear of falling down!

"The Complete Off-Ice Training Resource for Figure Skaters The complete off-ice training and strength and conditioning resource for figure skaters and coaches.

PDF Off-Ice Strength & Conditioning for Figure Skating Off-ice training for figure skating is booming with more skaters getting involved in training off-ice. With the emphasis of skaters performing more technical jumps,

Recreational Figure Skating FAQ - Off-Ice Training  Nov. 21, 2011  Recreational Figure Skating FAQ - Off-Ice Training.

Jumps are King - Figure Skating Training  A figure skater must be physically fit to perform the routines because this sport, especially with the figure skating jumps, is no joke.


The Importance of Off-Ice Jumps - By Figure Skating Coach Lorna Brown  Lorna Brown is a British and World Professional ice skating champion and a world and Olympic figure skating coach. In this article, she gives some thoughts on the importance of off-ice jump training.

Figure Skaters Need Ballet Training  Every figure skater must have training in ballet. Ballet gives figure skaters the basics they need to control their bodies.

Ballet Secrets for Skaters - A Book by Barbara Denise Files "Ballet Secrets for Skaters" is a book that teaches the secrets of ballet in an easy to read and entertaining format.

Fundamentals of Alignment and Classical Movement for Figure Skaters  Ballet instructor, Annette Thomas, has written a detailed book which is designed to help figure skaters take ballet techniques on and off the ice.

Sk8Strong Figure Skating Off-Ice Strength and Conditioning DVDs Sk8Strong Inc. has produced instructional exercise DVDs especially for figure skaters. The DVDs provide figure skaters with a comprehensive off-ice training program.

Figure Skating Training Secrets Off-Ice for Skaters Off-Ice Training is the winning strategy for competitive skaters. In order to excel in figure skating the skater must be prepared both physically and mentally.

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