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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,
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The cover? Yep that’ s mum and dad.
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Lori and the team at International Adult Figure Skating.com
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!
In actual fact we ended up competing against each other in adult interpretive skating event at the beginning of November. Given that there were only two of us in the event we both ended up on the podium. I placed first and Diane second. As fate would have it, they had run out of silver medals so we were both awarded a gold medal. Read on for more about Diane’s skating story and why she deserved the gold that day.
Diane told me that while she skated for two years as a child she returned to the ice two and a half years ago after an absence of 40 years! She remained active in the intervening years and participated in a variety of different sports such as rock-climbing, caving and competitive tae kwon do.
She also developed a love of choreography during the ten years she managed her children’s gymnastics show, she continues to nurture this passion by creating her own interpretive ice skating programs.
Diane loves competing and hopes to represent her club at as many local adult ice skating competitions as possible this year.
In Diane’s own words:
“Definitely I will try to skate as long as possible … I am 65 and I hope it lasts!
I had surgery in 2010 for a hip replacement; my doctor tore his hair when I told him I was doing figure skating! That is why I am still more fearful to try new things,
Thank you and if it can give the idea to other moms to return to skating, it would be cool.!”
Thank you Diane! So all you Moms out there who have been thinking about skating: If Diane can do it, so can you!
If you are already and adult figure skater, why not forward this post to a non-skating friend!
What on earth is floor-barre you might ask?
It is a series of exercises based on ballet steps and done to music which are performed lying or sitting on the floor. It’s an ideal way to improve strength and flexibility by enabling you to work on isolated parts of the body without tensing, as you might when standing. It is a great way of returning to exercise after an injury or time off and is especially beneficial for beginners.
We usually start in a sitting position with about 15 minutes of gentle movement to warm up all the joints in the body. Then we do all the typical ballet barre exercises: pliés, battement tendus, ronde de jambs, etc., while lying on our backs or on our stomachs. The worst one has to be ronde de jambe to the back…I swear my legs weigh 500 lbs!
Since you are lying down, your pelvis and low back are immobilized so you can’t cheat and use these larger muscles to work your legs. As a figure skater these muscles are in constant use, it’s great to be able to give them a rest and strengthen weaker muscles.
The last 15 minutes or so consists or gentle flexibility exercises.
I’m sure Yoga or Pilates classes would be equally as effective but I love to move to music and I really do hope to improve enough to return to vertical ballet classes one day. I do find a significant decrease in my hip flexor pain and stiffness after the class and it is a nice way to end my training week. I suspect that if I had continued with ballet that the injury to my hip may have been avoided.
Do you take ballet classes or do other activities to counteract over-use syndromes that occur in ice skating? Do you combine them with other activities such as massage? (Lucky you!!) Please share and comment!