Trampoline Training for Figure Skaters, Part 6 (Kori Ade)

This video is the final installment in this series 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.

In this video, the skaters are not using a trampoline, but instead are using the foam pit that is typically found at an indoor trampoline park or at many gymnastics gyms. The foam pit is usually used to provide a “safe” landing spot for difficult and dangerous non-skating skill development such as gymnastics flips and twists. But Kori uses the foam pit very differently here. Here she uses it as a strength and conditioning tool. All her skaters have to jump into the pit with their hands above their heads, then move the length of the pit and back, all without using their hands and arms.

If you’ve ever been in a foam pit, you will immediately recognize just how physically challenging this is. And even if you have not been in a foam pit before, watching these skaters (some are elite skaters) makes it pretty clear how hard it is. This requires balance, body awareness, strength, and stamina. This can be as difficult for big and very strong athletes as for small and light ones. Kori is using this as a final exercise in her trampoline park series. Notice how exhausted the skaters are at the end of this video.

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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