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What Do You Do Off-Ice?

Discussion in 'Moves In The Field' started by GarrAarghHrumph, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

    What sorts of workouts and etc. do you do when you're not on-ice? What do you do to benefit your skating?
  2. Southpaw

    Southpaw Saint Smugpawski

    Step aerobics, plyometrics, weight lifting, Pilates. I do all this at home, in my living room, no gym membership needed. :cool:

    I'd say the weights and the plyometrics help my skating the most. Not that I've been skating very much lately. :shuffle:
  3. Alexei'sgirl

    Alexei'sgirl Member

    I spend a lot of time at the gym. Cardio 4-5 times per week (elliptical, bike, treadmill, stairmaster), strength training 1-2 times per week, core work 2-3 times per week. I find that working on squats, lunges (walking, lateral and reverse) and the core and cardio have the greatest impact on my skating.
  4. LilJen

    LilJen Reaching out with my hand sensitively

    Too much eating and sleeping and lazing around. . . :)

    Seriously. I'm trying to incorporate some more regular weightlifting, cardio, and stretching, but I tend to be inconsistent about this, in spite of all the benefits of these activities. Stretching tends to be easier becuase I can just do it while I'm watching 1/2 hr of tv every day, whereas I have to plan more to go to the gym and lift weights. All three most definitely help my skating. I have also been told to "go to youtube and type in 'P90X abripper.'"
  5. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

    I have a regular routine I do in front of the TV, too. It's a great time to stretch and for me, to do certain strengthening exercises for my ankles, back and abs. I mean, otherwise, I'd just be sitting on the couch and watching, so why not get down on the floor and stretch and watch?
  6. Hedwig

    Hedwig WoolSilk Fanatic

    I heard from several people that horseback riding is a great off-ice exercise and I would also recommend it myself.
    Horse-back riding really works your core and your balance and your upper body posture.

    Other than that I just started doing ballett and hope that it will help me and I also got a lot of tips from my last skate camp about off-ice jumps and exercises that I will try to incorporate when I go running.
    They are mostly plymetric exercises but more targeted for skating like jumping loops etc.
  7. Bev Johnston

    Bev Johnston Well-Known Member

    I try to supplement skating with some type of off-ice cardio, like roller blading or cycling, depending on the weather and my mood. :D If the weather isn't cooperating, I drag myself to the gym and either take a spinning or step class, or hop on the elliptical, but seriously, the elliptical is definitely a last resort cause I kind of hate it. I would say I do this supplementary exercise 3 - 4 hours/week. I skate about from 5 hours/week.

    I also try to lift weights three times/week, but that third time doesn't always happen.
  8. maatTheViking

    maatTheViking Danish Ice Dance! Go Laurence & Nikolaj!

    I'm a horseback rider that supplements with skating :p

    they sports complements each other very well, in terms of balance and body awareness :)
  9. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

    I ballroom dance twice per week... although sadly, it's so expensive that I may have to take a financial vacation from it for the fall. I'm trying to come up with new, cheap things to do.
  10. deltask8er

    deltask8er Well-Known Member

    Basic yoga, Pilates, Fluidity , Leg Magic . All at home, once a week for each. Sometimes I do one of the old Firm videos if I have the energy.
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  11. FSWer

    FSWer Well-Known Member

    My turn!!!! Leg-Lifts,Push-Ups,Sit-Ups,Sit-Toe-Touches. You may read my Trainning Reports in Skatingforums under Rinkside.
  12. misskarne

    misskarne #AustraliaForTheTeamEvent

    At the moment, I'm hitting the gym twice a week - I can't really go more than that because the gym is at university (the idea of going to the gym between classes was good) and university is 30+km away and now the semester is out it means a special trip.

    The trainer at the gym got all excited because he'd never had to come up with a plan for a figure skater before. :lol: He's got me doing tons of squats, lunges, crunches etc.

    I stretch (or try to, I'm getting a bit bad at doing it) every night, splits and turnout-focused mainly. (I have horrible turnout and I am learning spreadeagles and Ina Bauers. Yeah. I think we can all see how badly that's going. I'm also about as flexible as a brick.)

    I'd love to take ballet, but unfortunately with skating and rallying I can't justify the extra money for lessons and shoes.
  13. Diane Mars

    Diane Mars Active Member

    TRX suspension training (I LOOOOOVE it) once a week in my fitness center (55 mintues) and 3-4 times a week at home (~30 minutes), working on more specific muscle group + flexibility (with and without the help of the TRX sangles) + cardio-training 45minutes on a bicycle 5times a week, at my fitness center. (my fitness center is in the building next to mine and is open 7 days a week, from 04.00 am until 00.00 so it's not such a big deal to find time to train !)
  14. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

    I did end up having to drop ballroom dance. It's unbelievably expensive in my region. Really shockingly expensive, and god forbid you want to actually compete. I don't know how people do it. I though skating was pricey - it's nothing compared to ballroom.

    So I've joined the Y. Twice per week, I do strength training. I also stretch daily. I'd like to fit in some off-ice aerobic stuff, but I only have two, 45-minute spaces available in my schedule each week right now, and that I'm using for strength training.
  15. misskarne

    misskarne #AustraliaForTheTeamEvent


    My friend is a gymnast. I just got back home from dinner at her place which involved being taught about twenty new ways to inflict suffering on myself.:lol:
  16. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    I do nothing at the moment apart from skate once or twice a week because my motivation is really low due to a number of factors. I need to improve it. Will try to go out at lunchtime for a walk.
  17. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

    I keep saying that I'll go out at lunchtime for a walk, but I usually work through it. Maybe we can be virtual walk-buddies. I'll promise to go out for a walk on Tuesday's lunch if you do. ;)
  18. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    Hey babe you are on!!! I was going to try and go for a walk today (it is Monday here).

    Maybe we need to set up the FSU Walking Challenge.

    ETA - I went for a walk at lunchtime. Goal achieved.
    Last edited: May 30, 2011
  19. AndyWarhol

    AndyWarhol Well-Known Member

    I do cardio the gym and pilates. As well as stretching every day.

    Its a hassle, but also necessary.
  20. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    GarrAarghHrumph - I did my walk today. Have you done yours?
  21. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

    I did. I had to do it in a mall, though, like an old person. :lol: But it's simply so hot out!