Ice Skating for Senior Adult Skaters: A Great Idea!

CoffeeClub SkateI’ve pretty much skated all my life and as a competitive adult figure skater I am pretty comfortable skating with advanced competitors skating at high speeds or with speed crazed public session skaters.

There are passionate ice skaters out there who love to skate but for whom a fall or injury would be a game-ender.    A Las Vegas rink has the perfect session for  senior or older beginner skaters.

“Ice skating at a public rink can be a dangerous undertaking for older adults. Fast skaters moving swiftly on the slick ice can cause beginners and older skaters to trip and fall, which can lead to bumps, bruises and broken bones.”

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For adult ice skaters who want to improve their skills a coach is available otherwise people pretty much enjoy themselves skating comfortably in a safe environment.  I imagine it’s also a great escape from the mid-day heat too!

Are there similar sessions in your part of the world?   Tell us about them!

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Essentrics for Adult Ice Skaters

551138_376574729031088_100000356937291_1291842_601483656_nDevoted ice skaters need to cross-train; this is true for any level or age. Ice skaters are no different from serious athletes in any sport; we repeat the same movements over and over, often for hours at a time on a regular basis. This is hard on the body at any age. I train with teens in a Sport-Study Programme and they often complain about the same aches and pains that I do!

Unlike the teens though, we adult figure skaters  may have older injuries that can be compounded by the intensity of our figure skating training. Plus, we also need longer recovery times between intense training sessions and, unfortunately, take longer to heal from injury.

As part of the research for my upcoming book, Skating in the Arena of Life: 7 Strategies for Midlife Women to Find Solid Ground and Achieve Their Goals, (LINK) I decided to try out an “Essentrics™ Aging Backwards” class.

Essentrics™ technique was created by Miranda Esmonde-White. American readers may have seen her TV show “Classical Stretch” on the PBS network. . To quote her website:

“The ESSENTRICS™ technique is based on the concept of eccentric muscle contractions, which strengthen the muscles in the lengthened position. This type of muscle activation increases tension on the muscles as they lengthen, creating a long, lean and toned physique, helping to relieve aches and pains and to prevent injuries. The simultaneous strengthening and stretching in ESSENTRICS™ results in a strong, vibrant, youthful and pain-free body.”

As well as benefiting mere mortals, numerous elite athletes have also benefited from Essentrics™, notably figure skaters Megan Duhamel and Amelie Lacoste, as well as the Montreal Canadians Hockey team.

So what was the “Aging Backwards” class like? According to the website, it is “aimed at regaining your mobility while slowly building strength and re-awakening the power of your 620 muscles…. It is designed for those who have atrophy-related stiffness, frozen shoulder, chronic aches and pains, or who are beginning to exercise after a long sedentary period….” Chronic aches and pains? Yep, that’s me!

We started with a very gentle but thorough warm-up, followed by some very gentle stretches done first at the barre and then on the mat. As an adult figure skater, I really appreciated working barefoot and the time we spent working on the feet. One of the down sides of skating is having your feet and ankles relatively immobile for long periods of time.

I never broke a sweat, but I felt comfortable, warm and energized. In a perfect world, I would do this class right before my on-ice training! It was also good to focus on stretching and mobilizing the joints that don`t get a whole lot of use in skating (feet and upper body), as well as taking the time to mobilize all of my joints through their entire range of motion.

There are Essentrics™ trained teachers all over the world, so you have no excuses to not give it a try. Check out their website and be sure to share how you cross-train for figure skating on this website!

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Ice Skating for Absolute Beginners: Learn to Turn

Here’s another in the series of introductory videos I have been making for people who would like to learn to skate or become more confident ice skaters but who may not have access to a coach or lessons.

They are aimed primarily at adult skaters and the skills are based on those I teach using the  Skate Canada’s “Canskate” program.    I have learned through years of teaching adult beginner  ice skaters that I need to pace the speed at which  I teach the skills a little differently.     I also need to use a lot more teaching progressions than I do with children.    I have to make sure adults master and are confident about doing all the components before I introduce more advanced skills.

Once they master this skill, I would typically introduce a two foot turn from front to back while skating forward slowly.

Are you a brand new adult ice skater?  Would you like more helpful tips on how to get started in a fun and safe way?   Check out my on-line how-to book for great ideas!

Ice Skating for Absolute Beginners

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Ice Skating Gold Interpretive Program

Here’s my 2015 interpretive skating program from my first competition  of 2015.    Over all I was pretty pleased with how I skated.       This event was actually not an adult figure skating event.   I actually prefer to skate against the kids since it makes me work harder,  last year I actually won this event,  this year the top three girls were very strong skaters and all did an excellent job so I was very pleased with my 4th place finish.

I really do love the program and there is lots of work to be done to improve both the skating skills and the interpretation.    As you can see in the video, my endurance was fading at the end,   considering that I had skated my masters free style program two hours earlier that evening, had been sick or injured for  most of the four weeks before the competition and I had done less than 10 run throughs of the program, I think I did OK!

What themes/music are you using for your interpretive or showcase programs?    Tell us all about it….even better share a video of you skating for us to cheer for!

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Ice Skating for Absolute Beginners: Backwards Skating

Here’s another in the series of introductory videos I have been making for people who would like to learn to skate or become more confident ice skaters but who may not have access to a coach or lessons.

They are aimed primarily at adult skaters and the skills are based on those I teach using the  Skate Canada’s “Canskate” program.    I have learned through years of teaching adult beginner  ice skaters that I need to pace the speed at which  I teach the skills a little differently.     I also need to use a lot more teaching progressions than I do with children.    I have to make sure adults master and are confident about doing all the components before I introduce more advanced skills.

Once they master this skill, I would typically ask the skater to increase the speed and length of the glide.   I would also get them to start to try gliding on one foot…I just get them to lift the foot of their choice up off the ice for a second or two.

Are you a brand new adult ice skater?  Would you like more helpful tips on how to get started in a fun and safe way?   Check out my on-line how-to book for great ideas!

Ice Skating for Absolute Beginners

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Adult Ice Skating Masters Free Style Program

Here is a video of my adult masters free style program from my first figure skating competition of 2015.   I was really pleased with how well it went, especially since due to a combination of illness and injury I really hadn’t been able to train all that much in the weeks leading up to the competition.

The other adult I was competing against was actually young enough to be my daughter, she’s also a training buddy of mine so we made sure to cheer madly for each other!    Unfortunately she didn’t have her best skate and was beaten by this old lady….she’s since vowed to make me work much harder for the gold medal next time we skate against each other!

I was pleased to get both axels as well as all three spins,   there’s still a lot more work to be done on the spins in terms or speed and consistency but at least I didn’t bail out or dumb down anything.    This is the second year I have had this program so my cardiovascular and muscular endurance was good, nothing like having mileage on your programs to give you confidence!

Do you have a free style program?  What level do you skate at?   What do you love/hate about your program?   Comment and Share!

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Figure Skating???? At Your Age????

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Has anyone ever said this to you?  

It’s been my experience that most of the times when I hear this people are saying it with respect and awe; more often than not they will follow up with a confession that they would love to be able to do this or are totally blown away by your perseverance and dedication.

Fortunately, I need less than all five fingers on one hand to count the number of times that someone has said it to me with sarcastic or belittling intent.

In 2012 I wrote a book for adult ice skaters, at the time it was unique in that no one had ever written any kind of instruction guide for this population.   Considering how little I promoted the guide, the only way you could order it was via my website, it has sold well.

If you or someone you know is new to adult ice skating, this is the guide for you!

Do you want to get started but have no idea how to find out where to get lessons, coaches, equipment, this is the guide book for you,

Are you and adult figure  skater and want a drop a hint to your significant other? Get this book to them

By purchasing the book, you help support this web site; please share the link with your friends.

The cover?   Yep that’ s mum and dad.

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Driving Miss/Mr. Ice Skating Official

imagesCA69EZGJBefore Christmas you may recall that I did something that I had never done in all of my 53 years…I spent the weekend as a volunteer driver at the 2015 Skate Canada Challenge.  


The chance to rub shoulders with up and coming champions and famous figure skating coaches as well as the chance to give back to our sport were my motivating factors. The nifty jacket, food and good company were added bonuses. Continue reading

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Happy New Year From International Adult Figure Skating

Wishing You Good Health,

 Joy,

Peace,

and

Figure SkatingSuccess

In 2015

           Lori and the team at International Adult Figure Skating.com

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Christmas Carols, Penguins and a Nice Single Loop Jump

I love this animation!!!   

For those who are celebrating Christmas today:  may you be blessed with the peace and joy of Christ

For those of you who are not celebrating Christmas today: may you also be blessed with peace and joy!

That is all!

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