The Basics of Speed Skating

The Basic Requirements of Speed Skating

When it comes to a sport for personal fitness, speed skating is nearly unparalleled. It demands strength, speed, and stamina, meaning that it provides tremendous cardiovascular benefits on top of increased agility and solid strength gains (as speed skating works the entire core as well as the lower body). On top of a complete workout, speed skating has enormous potential to burn fat: it burns 3,500 calories every 6 hours. You’d be hard pressed to find a more efficient exercise, and the fact it’s a sport introduces an element of competitiveness that can act as a strong motivator.

But the requirement for access to an ice rink can be off-putting. How to incorporate speed-skating into your routine if you don’t have one? One answer lies in a personal ice rink– one made with real water ice. Here are the basics of speed skating as a sport, as well as the advantages of a home rink for the speed skater.

Training Off the Ice

Training for every sport begins in the kitchen. A solid nutritional plan, one tailored to a sport designed for speed and sprinting, is an absolute must for speed skating. You’ll want plenty of protein and plenty of carbohydrates from good plant sources: remember how many calories you’ll be burning!

Speed skaters will want to spend some time in the weight room to increase general strength as well as to balance out the emphasis on the left leg. Exercises that target the right foot can help re-balance your body.

In addition, running is an excellent complement to speed skating. Running, with distances tailored to your targeted race length, can help with your general stamina and speed.

Training On the Ice

On-ice training varies depending on whether you are a long-track or short-track speed skater, but the basic principles are the same. Correct striding technique, which generally means to stay as low as possible for as long as possible and keeping your blade on the ice as long as you can, is the foundation, along with correct push-off technique.

A Customized Rink

A personal ice rink– a backyard ice rink, or customized to another space you have, can give you the edge you’ll need in a race. It will also give you the ability to train whenever you like– for fitness purposes, or otherwise. The high speeds of speed skating mean that in a public rink, traffic and accessibility are always an issue. In addition, many public rinks do not rent speed skates.

A real water ice rink is unquestionably preferable to a rink with synthetic ice. Synthetic ice offers a great deal of resistance in comparison to real water ice – obviously a disadvantage when it comes to a sport based on speed! Synthetic ice also wears down skates quite quickly, which is a serious disadvantage if speed skating is your major source of exercise, or one that you take seriously enough to train for regularly.

Winning Home Ice can provide you with a professional-quality personal ice rink, designed to your specifications.