STARSkate Off-Ice Classes
SMSC offers a number of off-ice classes that supplement and enhance on-ice learning. Each class has been specifically designed for the specialized needs of figure skaters.
When designing our schedule, we coordinate our off-ice classed with our on-ice sessions, to allow our skaters to benefit from the learning opportunities offered by our experienced off-ice instructors.
This year, we will continue to offer two off-ice classes from Flexafit.
Figure Skater Bootcamp / Stretch / Jump by Oliana (FLEXAFIT)
Oliana Felluga is a NCCP Certified Provincial Coach and a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers and attended the University of Toronto obtaining a Honours Bachelor of Arts. She is Flexafit Certified Trainer, classically trained in piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music and achieved Level 8 from the Society of Russian Ballet. As a skater, Oliana attained quadruple Gold status, and was a competitive singles skater for over 10 years. Oliana’s passion for skating has led her to continue building high quality skaters off the ice.
Figure Skater Bootcamp is a sport specific program designed for figure skaters. The program includes specialized focus on proper warm up exercises, with active, dynamic and sport specific components.
The program is structured in an 8 week cycle with a testing phase built in quarterly.
Some key features covered in the program are:
- Anaerobic circuits to improve lactate threshold so skaters can get through their solo without getting tired.
- Plyometrics, explosive exercises off one foot, bounding type, vertical jump work to improve height in jumps and quick twitch on rotation.
- Core/Balance: Stability exercises, muscular endurance exercises, cross rotational core exercises, back exercises, balance exercises.
- Upper Body- work on developing all the muscle groups to help improve quickness on take offs, in air positions.
- Lower body strength- Strength drills that are specific to skating
- Coordination/Speed/Agility- developing power, quick start, reaction time.
- Injury Prevention exercises- work on mobility drills to strengthen both superficial muscle groups and deep muscles used to stabilize body to prevent injuries
- Flexibility- increasing range of motion in joints for better functional performance, increase flexibility through various stretch techniques
Skaters who join these classes will see rapid improvement not only in strength off the ice, but will notice more power when they skate, height in their jumps and general speed improvement.
Plyometric Jump / Stretch by Alyssa (FLEXAFIT)
Alyssa Wise is a professional skater for 10 years and has NPTI certification. She competed as a National Pairs competitor (1999-2001) and as a National Singles competitor (2002-2005).
This class is designed for skaters to improve their centre axis of rotation, as well as their rotational axis. The class begins with multiple quick twitch exercises that are done stationary, which improve spatial awareness and proprioception. We then move to across the floor jumps with a focus on biomechanical principles applied, which are well known from the Level 3 coaching course. Finally, the class finishes with a focus on plyometrics (being able to generate the greatest amount of force in the smallest amount of time) through box jump techniques that Signe has created to help improve vertical jump and quickness of take off.
Stretching is extremely important in not only injury prevention, but returning the muscles to their original state after a work out or on ice session. In this class, we focus on developing range of motion in the joints, as well as strive to get every skater closer to the splits. Being able to do the splits is an important part of being a figure skater, as most of our spins, field movements and skating require beautiful lines and extensions. The kids love this class because they can finally relax their muscles and mind after a tough workout.
Core Conditioning / Balance / Stretch by Rachel
Rachel Cates is a fitness professional working in the industry for the past 25 years. She has been running programs for competitive athletes specializing in off-ice for over 15 years. Rachel has a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and has managed several fitness centers and taught many early childhood fitness programs. She is a Canfitpro certified personal trainer and currently teaches the canfitpro personal training course at Georgian College. This course includes training in anatomy, physiology, injury prevention, and nutrition.
Being a former competitive gymnast has helped Rachel to design programs that will improve athletic performance by developing core strength, flexibility, endurance and balance.
This class combines deep core strengthening with stretching, coordination, control, and balance to help the athlete improve in all aspects of their skating.
The key to injury prevention is proper strengthening and stretching of the muscles associated with on-ice training. Core Balance includes proper strengthening of the core and balance techniques specific to figure skaters as well as a 10 minute full body stretch at the end of each session. This combination of strength training, stretching, and balance will lead to improved posture both on and off ice.
Zumba / Stretch / Fitness by Stephanie
Stephanie Hansuld has her Bachelor of Physical and Health Education and Bachelor of Education Degrees from the University of Toronto. She has been teaching Physical Education for the Peel District School Board for more than 25 years. She has her Fitness Instructor Specialist through CanFitPro and is certified in Zumba, Zumba Step and Strong by Zumba. Stephanie has completed both the Respect in Sport and Risk Management courses. She has her level one artistic gymnastics coaching certification, NCCP certification, as well as both first aid and CPR qualifications. Stephanie has been involved with coaching and teaching young athletes for more than 20 years. She was a member of the 1988 Canadian Olympic Field Hockey squad and in 2012 was inducted into the University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame.
Skaters who sign up for this program will progress their on-ice skills at a faster pace and be able to handle the strength demands of jumping, spinning and longer programs. This is a multi-level program designed to challenge each individual at his or her own fitness level. The training sessions will consist of athletic training moves and conditioning drills that will focus on the following four areas: core strength and stability, balance, strength and power and flexibility.