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Figure skating is a sport which requires a tremendous amount skill and physical conditioning in order to develop and compete at the highest levels. For young skaters much emphasis is typically placed on skill training at the expense of physical conditioning. What many coaches, athletes, and parents are recognizing is the importance of properly structured and progressed off-ice conditioning to improve on-ice performance. With proper conditioning, athletes can develop the necessary strength, power, endurance, and flexibility to take their on-ice performance much higher levels.

Testing

Sport specific fitness testing for figure skaters requires that the age and level of development be taken into consideration. Skaters as young as 10 years of age can be assessed to determine the proper rate and development of off-ice physical conditioning to be completed.

Investment: $199.99 + taxes

Program details (click to view)ˆ

Movement Screen Testing – This test provides specific baseline information pertaining to a young athletes’ current physical conditioning. Tests include upper and lower body strength, power, static and dynamic balance, and flexibility measures.

VO2 Max Testing – Direct testing is used to measure an athletes’ aerobic fitness. Minimum aerobic fitness is required for figure skating, and young athletes have a period specific where development of this fitness quality is emphasized.

Flexibility Matrix Testing – Hip flexibility, rotational flexibility, as well as low back and hamstring flexibility measurements are completed to provide a well balanced flexibility profile for each athlete.

Power Testing – Measurement of lower body power and power imbalance is completed in order to ensure that the right and left imbalances are identified.

Body Composition (16 + years of age only) – Skinfold measurements are completed to determine % of fat mass vs. fat free mass. For younger athletes, due to growth and development, body composition measurements are not completed.

Evidence Based Training

Once the testing process is completed and analyzed an individualized strength and conditioning program can be designed based on the information obtained from the sport specific testing. Three options are available:

1. Individualized program and group supervision

Athletes attend the Peak Centre on designated training days (typically 2-4 days per week depending on availability and age). Group supervision is completed within the facility and athletes have the opportunity to ask questions and are corrected on exercise form and weight.

  • Testing included
  • Facility access included
  • Program development included
  • Supervised sessions (group supervision)

Investment: 

  • $225.00 + tax (first month)
  • $125.00 + tax (each additional month)

 

2. Individualized program and personal training

Athletes attend the PEAK Centre on designated training days (typically 2-4 days per week depending on availability and age). Individual supervision is completed within the facility and athletes are designated a specific trainer who will work with them one-on-one each time a training session is scheduled.

  • Testing included
  • Facility access included
  • Program development included
  • On-one-one training completed

Investment:

  • 2 sessions per week or more of Personal Training
  • $75.00 + tax per session (min 7 sessions per month)

3. Group program and small group training

Athletes attend the PEAK Centre on designated training days (typically 2-4 days per week depending on availability and age). Small group training is completed (1 instructor with 3 athletes max) within the PEAK Centre facility on the designated training days. Athletes will work with a trainer in a small group with all athletes completing the same exercises and training at the same training time.

Investment:

  • 2 athletes per session = $100.00 per session ($50 + tax/athlete)
  • 3 athletes per session=$120.00 per session ($40 + tax/athlete)

At the end of the day, the Peak Centre has a mandate to provide the best possible evidence-based training for young athletes. Whether in an individual or group training environment, we will ensure that your son/daughter receives the proper training and guidance needed to progress them towards their sport and performance goals.

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