Figure skating is an artistic sport that utilizes a number of muscle groups, including your legs, hips, core region and shoulders. Strength training is necessary for figure skaters to promote strength for performing jumps, spins and increasing speed and power on the ice. Along with a consistent aerobic exercise program to build endurance, perform strength training for specific muscle groups at least twice a week.
This Body Bar exercise will engage your glutes and hamstrings. The balancing element of doing this one-legged will also engage your core plus, it should make you feel like a graceful skater 🙂
Body Bar Single-Leg Deadlift:
Begin with feet together, Body Bar in front of the thighs (overhand grip).
With a slight bend in the knees, begin to move the hips back and the chest forward to drop the bar to slightly below the knees.
Simultaneously, elevate one leg behind you as the chest is coming forward. The bar will remain parallel to the floor and travel over the shoe laces to slightly below the knee.
Return to the starting position.
NOTE: Be sure to keep the back long; avoid rounding the spine as you lean forward. This is not a flexibility exercise; it is meant to target the back of the legs, but not from excessive forward flexion. Instead, concentrate on pushing the hips as far back as you can while keeping the spine long.
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