On-Ice Flexibility Exercises (Kate Charbonneau)

Figure skating coach Kate Charbonneau demonstrates a series of on-ice flexibility exercises. These are all front catch foot positions with different hand grabs. These have obvious application to the I-spin (also called the needle) but also enhance overall flexibility for spirals and spin positions in general.

The exercises are same side toe grab, same side heel grab, opposite side toe grab, and opposite side heel grab. These 4 exercises are done on both sides, for a total of 8 basic exercise. These 8 exercises should then be done skating forward in a straight line, backward in a straight line, and backward on a circle (challenging!). This represents 24 specific exercises for flexibility (and control!) development.


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