Figure skaters require an exceptional amount of strength, agility, balance, and power to spin, jump, and stick their landings. Figure skaters need to spend a significant amount of their training both on and off the ice.
Before beginning any exercise, make sure you warm up to help avoid injury. Try jumping jacks, jump rope, stationary cycling, or running or walking in place for 5-10 minutes.
Strength is essential for figure skaters to perform jumps and spins, as well as to increase speed and power on the ice. Try pushups and back leg raises.
Your core is made up of your pelvis, lower back, hips, and abdomen. Strength, power, speed, quickness, agility, coordination, balance, and proper skating posture all come from the core of the body. Planks and abdominal crunches are great ways to work your core.
Ice skaters are constantly improving their agility in order to move quickly and change direction with ease, all while looking graceful. Agility exercises can also help with balance, range of motion, coordination, and strength. Good agility exercises include the grapevine and power skips.
A great deal of figure skating is performed on one foot, so the ability to balance is crucial. Try weight shifts and the balance walk to improve your balance.
To help prevent injury, make sure you practice these general safety tips:
Remember to always check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program. If you have any type of persistent pain, be sure to see a doctor.