Being a skater requires strength, stability, and endurance that you can build on and off the track. If you are like me you only get to the rink a few times a week, so what should you do the rest of the week to help build those key things? You could take your skating outside and practice, but with cracks in the sidewalks, traffic, and those who get snow and ice it really just becomes more of a headache than anything. The good news is being on your skates isn’t the only way to improve your skills on the rink, there are roller skate exercises you can do at home, and the best part is there is no need for any equipment!
Everyone knows skating works your legs and thighs but your core really plays a major role in the way you skate. Strengthening your core will help keep your stability, working on this two to three times a week will greatly improve your muscle tone. Try doing crunches, sit ups, squats, lunges, and planks for your legs, thighs, and core. Start off by doing as many as you can, then every week add one or two more so you can push yourself and your muscles to be better and stronger.
Speed training by far is the most tiring of them all, but it is defiantly worth it in the end. Building your endurance is so important, most people dread it but it really is a definite must for any skater. This exercise is something that runners are very familiar with and many practice it weekly. Try doing the speed training at least once a week for 15 to 20 minutes and push yourself to go even longer. Warm up by jogging for five minutes, then sprint for 20 seconds, slow down and jog for two more minutes, then repeat. Just remember to do a warm down jog for five minutes to keep your muscles from cramping up.
The last exercise isn’t really an exercise it is more of a practice, yoga. A lot of skaters would never think that yoga would be so helpful to them on the rink. The truth is yoga works on all three necessities for skating at once, plus not only does it work on physical endurance it also strengthens your mental endurance so you can keep pushing yourself harder. Try some basic poses like warrior one, eagle, and boat. These are perfect examples of simple poses that work your legs, balance, and core. Most people think that you need to take those expensive classes and buy all the latest yoga accessories but it is very untrue. There are tons of yoga videos and instructions online for free and you can just use your living room floor instead of a mat.