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How to train like a figure skater
WCVB - Boston's channel 5 ABC affiliate posted a nice piece about the Haydenettes, one of Ice Dynamic's synchro skating client teams, featuring Kat Arbour. The short piece highlights the benefits of off-ice conditioning to not only synchro, but all figure skating. Check it out here.
WCVB - Boston's News Leader
By Emily Riemer
UPDATED 6:42 AM EST Nov 11, 2015
We're hitting the ice with a world champion synchronized figure skating team. The Haydenettes train in Lexington 4 to 5 days a week.
And we're stealing their work out secrets that will get you in top shape, too.
They make it look easy, gracefully gliding across the ice, but they work hard to look this smooth.
Kat Arbour: "We like to correlate it with running a 4 minute mile with a smile on your face."
And that work starts off the ice. Strength and conditioning coach Kat Arbour says all this helps with agility, balance and coordination, but skaters also need strength and power. High intensity interval training is a big part of their fitness plan....
What Would Kat Arbour Do?
Kat is a believer in the benefits of off-ice training: that the proper regimen can go a long way in preventing injuries and can vastly improve on-ice performance. - from Professional Skater Magazine May-June 2014
by Terri Milner Tarquini
To get the extra edge in figure skating, sometimes unlacing one's skates can be the answer. Armed with an education in physics, master's degrees in exercise science and physical therapy, and a PhD in biomechanics, Dr. Kat Arbour took her passion for skating outside the boards.
The owner and operator of Ice Dynamics, Arbour is a believer in the benefits of off-ice training - that the proper regimen can go a long way in preventing injuries and can vastly improve on-ice performance. Having worked with Olympic and World-level athletes, she has done extensive research on the impact of take-offs and landings for single, double and triple jumps.
A former chair and member of U.S. Figure Skatings Sports Science and Medicine Committee and the recipient of the 2006 “Doc" Councilman Award for Innovative Sports Science awarded by the United States Olympic Committee, ...
Who Says 60 Is Too Old To Figureskate?
For most people near age 50, ice is a source of peril, a sure fall and maybe even broken bones. The idea that someone approaching 60 and even past 70 could not just step on ice intentionally but do so in figure skates (kind of like knife edges strapped to boots), with plans to master difficult moves and perhaps train for competitions — even if not the Sochi Olympics — may sound crazy.
By Jeanne Erdmann, Monday, February 10, 11:42 AM - Washingtonpost.com
The better shape you are in when you begin, the easier skating will be, says Kat Arbour, an expert in biomechanics who develops off-ice programs for figure skaters in Boston.
Although most of Arbour’s clients are teens competing at the national and international-levels, she also works with recreational and competitive skaters in the 40-plus set, and has even helped skaters in their 80s. “I worked with them off-ice on balance, strength, flexibility — all great things for their skating and for their quality of life off of the ice,” says Arbour, who recently developed an online training program. Arbour recommends starting with once-a-week sessions and says not to be surprised if your muscles are sore.
As for equipment, forget about the double-runner blades. (“They feel really weird,” Arbour says.) Go with a known boot brand and choose a softer boot to get started. You can switch to a stiff boot once you start increasing your skill level. If you are worried about falls, wear kneepads, wrist guards and a helmet.
Is figure skating the toughest Olympic sport?
'It’s like running a choreographed four-minute mile with a smile on your face'
January 22, 2014 by Johnie Gall - for GrindTV.com
The top-notch physical fitness required to be an ice skater is part of the reason Kat Arbour founded Ice Dynamics, which offers full-year, off-ice training programs for competitive skaters. “Interval training is a huge part of the competitive process to help beat the lactic acid, and it takes months to get to that point,” she explains. Week by week the skaters ramp up the intensity of their workouts until they can manage exercise that will make your heart jump out of your chest for up to five minutes, mimicking the time it takes to finish a show piece.
A skater’s strength, power, aerobic/anaerobic conditioning, balance, and flexibility also have to be developed off ice to match the on-ice needs demanded by figure skating—skaters only refine their technique when they strap on their skates. “Last spring, most skaters were taking a break from pounding on the big jumps to work on choreography,” says Arbour of the skaters headed to the Olympics this year, explaining that the break is a much-needed dip in intensity that allows for some mental and physical rest and relaxation. “But by late spring and early summer, skaters are ramping up training gradually.”