Figure Skating Off-ice Training: Off ice jump class – Part 1 (Kori Ade)

In this video, we get to sit in on an off-ice jump class held by Kori Ade for her skaters.  This is part 1 of a multi-part series.  In this video, Kori introduces the class and notes she does this every week with her skaters.  She begins with a huddle and you can see why she has such a strong rapport with her skaters.  Next, the group performs double and triple heel clicks.  This is a great exercise for building jump height and foot quickness.

The next drill is a jump into a split, then a half turn and a landing with crossed feet.  Kori explains, “I want the snap a little quicker.  We do this exercise so that they can feel the open and then the closed.  So what I want them to do is make a half a turn happen as they’re closing.”  Kori discusses the exercise in more detail and demonstrates what she wants.  She does this drill in both directions!

Next, Kori leads the exercise she calls “Quarter back, Half back, Three-quarter back, Full back.”  She uses rhythm with this exercise.  These air turn exercises are classic and teach rotational control and proper alignment and posture.  Kori explains what she wants the landings to look like.  She also switches the start direction for this exercise as well.  Kori says, “I like to do everything bilaterally because I feel like symmetry is really key in our sport.”  Next she has the class do “Full, Full, Full, Full” all in the same direction.  She explains why she likes this drill.  The next drill is “Crossed Feet Half Half Half Half.”

Check out the other parts of this series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.


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