Interactive Off-Ice Training Seminars
Conducted by Lauren Downes, MSPT, physical therapist,
Off-ice trainer and professional skating coach
Sk8Strong Inc. aims to be the complete off-ice training resource for developing, competitive, and recreational figure skaters. With Sk8Strong seminars and workshops, skaters and coaches will receive the latest information in the world of off-ice training and strength and conditioning. We offer a variety of seminar topics that can be combined in any way to create a full day workshop or a shorter interactive seminar. Seminar topics are offered to both skaters and coaches, and can be divided into high and low level, or by age. Coaches are welcome to attend, or we can accomodate a group of coaches to create a 'coach only seminar.'
The Following is a list of interactive one-hour seminar topics. The only topic in a lecture format is “The Biomechanics of Skating.” Choose which topics to be part of your seminar or workshop.
The Biomechanics of Skating: Teaches the basics of the musculature and joints of the human body and how they relate to jumps, spins, stroking, moves and various skating positions. Learn the relationship between upper and lower body functions.
Plyometrics and Agility Drills: Teaches safe and effective plyometric progressions and agility drills for skaters. Learn how muscles are used in both on and off ice jumping. *Offered for skaters and coaches at the same time
The Core: Teaches how to apply core strengthening principles to all on ice movements. Learn how to be aware if a skater has a weak core, and learn safe exercises for a skater to perform. Use of pilates, balance and physioball exercises.
Stretching 101: Teaches several different stretching methods to help a skater reach maximum flexibility. Also included is the instruction of a pre-competition warm-up
Functional Exercise Progressions: Teaches the basics of functional lower and upper body exercises, and how to progress them. Focuses on the use of correct body mechanics with exercise.
How to create your own full-day workshop….
Sk8Strong’s full-day workshop runs for 7 ½ hours and includes topics for both skaters and adults. Choose 4 of the 5 topics we offer, and Sk8Strong will develop a schedule similar to this:
(SAMPLE) Low Level Skater Schedule High Level Skater Schedule
9-10AM Biomechanics 11:15AM-12:15PM Plyometrics and Agility
10-11AM The Core 12:15-1:15PM Biomechanics
11-11:15AM Break 1:15-2:15 Lunch
11:15-12:15 Plyometrics and Agility 2:15-3:15 The Core
12:15-1:15 Lunch 3:15-4:15 Stretching 101
1:15-2:15 Stretching 101 4:15-4:30 Wrap-up
Sk8Strong will work with what best suits your rink/club.
Fees for full-day workshop: $55 per skater, $55 per coach
*There is a minimum of 10 skaters, maximum of 20 skaters per group
*The club or rink sponsoring the full day workshop is responsible for all Sk8Strong travel expenses and food and beverage for skaters at lunch
How to create your own seminar package…
Combine any of Sk8Strong’s topics, for skaters and/or coaches, to make your own seminar.
Fees per class: $15 per skater, $15 per coach
Example: If a skater or coach attends 3 topics, the fee is $45
*There is a minimum of 10 skaters/coaches per topic, maximum of 20 skaters/coaches
*There will be a ½ hour lunch break during a five hour seminar
If your club or rink is interested in application forms to host a seminar, please contact Lauren Downes at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (413)262-7053. Thank you for your interest in Sk8Strong seminars!