Helping Skaters Train Outside Their Comfort Zone (Michelle Leigh)

In this short video, World and Olympic coach Michelle Leigh discusses the importance of skaters training in a way that gets them out of their comfort zone. This discussion is primarily in the context of competition preparation, but the concepts can also apply to technical training. Finding ways to add distractions or change routines can be very beneficial in terms of strengthening the mental side of skating, as skaters need to develop a trust in their training and their body’s response to stress. For competition prep, Michelle suggests training at different rinks (different environment), doing program run-throughs without warming up some or all elements, having an audience, and wearing competition costumes. As Michelle notes, the actual issues that come up at competition “may not always be the same (as those distractions trained for), but you become adjustable.”


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