Trampoline Training for Figure Skaters, Part 5 (Kori Ade)

This video is a continuation of an off-ice training class for figure skaters at an indoor trampoline park. The skaters shown are at varying levels, and they were training at the time with World and Olympic coach Kori Ade. Some of the skaters involved include Jason Brown, Jordan Moeller, and Mariah Bell. Trampoline exercises can be used to train quickness as well as balance and body awareness, all without causing excessive impact stress on joints and connective tissue. The first video in this series was just an initial warm-up. The second video completed the warm-up. The third video was focused on just a few jump drills. The fourth video shared exercises intended to challenge the skaters’ coordination. In this video, Kori shares 3 more exercises for rotational control of the shoulders and landings.

The first exercise is simply a forward take-off (like an axel) and a single rotation in the air, with a strong shoulder and arm position and still landing. Kori focuses on kicking straight through prior to the rotation (“Watch that your leg doesn’t cross over that line.”) and she’s also focused on the axis side arm being tucked in against the body.

The second exercise is quite difficult and can be done without a trampoline. It teaches quickness and strength of the landing position. After starting in the landing position, jump up and tap the feet together in the air before landing again in the landing position. Kori focuses on turning the head to the axis (landing) side and she says, “It’s supposed to look good.” Note that the landing foot will move back to meet the free foot as the free foot moves forward to meet the landing foot in the air.

For the final exercise in this video, Kori has the skaters starting in their “perfect air position” facing backward, then bouncing to forward, and bouncing to backward again with a strong landing. She wants them to stop the shoulders from rotating on each landing/bounce. She wants the check out movement of the free leg to happen late and not at the top of the second bounce, but instead much closer to the moment of touching down. Kori says, “We’re really practicing finishing the rotation and then proactively checking out with the thigh.”

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


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