As you might assume, staying in shape is a must for competitive figure skaters. In high school, it was easy for me to maintain my ideal body image. Every day after school, my dad would pick me up and cart me to the Pettit. I’d lace up my skates and practice for two hours. On the weekends, I’d skate for 3 or more hours per day.
However, I’m in college now. I have to rely on the bus system to take me where I want to go (unless my wonderfully selfless boyfriend isn’t working and finds himself willing and able to drive me around). Fact is, I have been rendered unable to get on the ice nearly as often as I could in high school. Not only do I face transportation issues, I face time constraints.
But, I’m still a competitor. I still need to stay in shape, even when I’m off the ice. I need to keep my muscles toned, my stamina high, and my flexibility on point. Running, crunches, push-ups, etc. may help, but they simply cannot complete all three tasks.
So, this past semester I started participating in various Dance Workouts. Dance workouts are as similar as I can get to an actual figure skating session. Unlike skating, I can do them on home (or on campus). My blog posts will discuss and critique the variety of methods I’ve been using, from Zumba to the Pussycats Dolls dance workout DVD.