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ice skating on synthetic ice

It was bound to happen. If football, rugby, soccer, and baseball can be played on astroturf, why can’t figure skaters skate on artificial ice? They can skate just about anywhere they want with KwikRink synthetic ice systems. Find out how.

Synthetic ice and hockey, sure, but synthetic ice and figure skating?

Intuitively it makes sense that hockey players practice and compete on alternative ice, the surface is built for quick direction changes and a superior sliding surface. But, what about all the toe picks, pivots, turns, jumps, and spins on figure skates? 

Figure skating acrobatics are no problem for KwikRink Artificial Ice. KwikRink polyethylene can help skaters refine their technique. Check it out.

Build more strength with KwikRink

Leg and core strength are two of the foundational building blocks of expert figure skating. Explosive bursts of speed and lift are required to jump faster.

Being able to reach higher levels adds more difficulty to a skating routine, which can boost a skater’s score from the judges at a competition. Building that strength requires specific training both on and off the ice.  

With KwikRink artificial ice, skaters are required to press down more firmly into their jumps just before take-off. This additional pressure creates a more significant “overload” in leg muscles throughout several practice sessions.

When an overload is consistently present, muscles must become stronger to handle the increased exertion required in the movement.

When a skater eventually switches back to natural ice just before or during a competition, her jumps will feel less taxing and more powerful for the extra strength she has gained from training on a synthetic surface.

Enhanced spins and toe-pick precision

Artificial ice requires a figure skater to be precise in his toe-pick for maximum take-off power in jumps. Learning to toe-pick on artificial ice can give an edge (pun intended) that those who only skate on natural ice may not have.

On synthetic ice, skaters have the opportunity to work the details of their spinning and optimize their position and speed for this skill as well.

Bring figure skating programs to new regions with ease

Now it is easier than ever to launch and grow a new figure skating program in your region. With natural ice, a community must have an arena and be able to cool the floor enough to keep ice frozen, sometimes year-round, to have a viable program.

Further, if your only option to skate is outdoors, you had better live in an area where there is plenty of winter time.

With KwikRink artificial ice, you can launch a figure skating program in a school gym, community center, church multi-purpose room, or even in a field outside in the middle of July. 

Everyone wins when a new sport launches in your region

Add Ice skating wherever you are

The benefits of a skating program exist on several levels. Figure skating programs build coordination, athleticism, camaraderie, and community involvement for participants.

When a kid (or an adult, for that matter) learns to skate, it is a skill they will carry with them for a lifetime. When children begin sports at an early age, they often have a better lifestyle and fitness outcomes as adults as well.

Figure skating combines the physical aspects of the movement with the artistic expression of dance, creating a well-rounded sport that a wide variety of people can enjoy, whether they are spectating or performing. Parents love to watch their children learn skills and excel at activities they enjoy.

Our synthetic rinks can expand the activity options for kids and adults in areas where natural ice is challenging or downright impossible to maintain.

When kids learn sports, they build confidence for whatever life throws at them as well as strength and endurance. All the more reason to make figure skating on synthetic ice an alternative option next to all the traditional team sports offered in schools and youth leagues.

Figure skating programs make excellent revenue streams

Managing a KwikRink system is easy and creates an instant business or revenue stream opportunity for the owner or organization.  If your existing brick and mortar have unused space, a KwikRink system may be just the way to maximize your footprint and serve a new niche in your community at the same time.

Easy to install, easy to break down

KwikRink panels are a breeze to install and maintain, as well as coming apart for easy stacking and storage. If you have an indoor, flat, hard surface with no flaws or cracks, KwikRink panels will lay down well with no underlayment.

If you are working outdoors or on an uneven surface, an underlayment or subfloor is the first step to gliding your cares away on artificial ice.  

KwikRink panels are a snap to put together. They assemble like puzzle pieces and require only a mallet and block to tap into place–the seams are nearly invisible once fully clicked and locked.

With our system, you can have your rink assembled for weekend practice and put it away during the week when you may have other activities programmed in your space, for example. 

Comfort makes for an enjoyable, creative skate experience

Perhaps the biggest advantage to figure skating on KwikRink systems is enjoying the warmth while working on skills, drills, and choreography. In figure skating practice, there is typically a flurry of activity, and then a fair bit of standing still on the ice while your coach gives feedback or outlines the next steps in the routine.

Figure skating practice can be much more fun when skaters are not continually bouncing between sweating and freezing between bouts of movement. A warmer, consistent climate may also help to keep skaters loose and prevent injury as well.

In the end, there are so many reasons to look to KwikRink synthetic ice for figure skating. We are here to answer all your questions, provide a free quote, and help you customize your rink for all your figure skating programming needs. Give us a call today and glide into fitness, coordination, creativity, and enjoyment.

 

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Home Rink for increased training

Climbing the ranks in any sport has never been more competitive. That is especially true for ice sports, as ice skating rinks can be challenging to find and book. Fortunately, KwikRink has made it easier than ever before to accelerate your training with synthetic ice for home use. Check out our world-class residential rinks here.

Convenience Is Key

Ever have a gym membership at a gym far from your house? How often did you go? Probably not as much as you would have liked. Setting up your training to be quick and accessible is vital to a dedicated training schedule. 

Ice sports are notoriously hard to train for, as rinks tend to be few and far between. Even if they are close by, you may have to book some off-time hour. And who wants to wake up at 5 am all the time? 

Imagine being able to lace up your skates in the comfort of your own home, and hit the ice on YOUR schedule. Most of your competitors won’t have this ability. They are stuck at ice skating rinks. Training many more hours than your rivals means wins on the ice.

You also won’t be limited to an hour at a time, or however long most rinks restrict you. You may prefer to train for 2 or 3 hours at a time, or maybe 30-45 minutes at a time. With traditional ice arenas, you often won’t have this flexibility. 

Just Like The Real Thing

KwikRink Synthetic Ice Rinks are as close as you will get to skating on real ice. They are 90% of real ice’s glide and are the best way to keep you in skating shape year-round. You won’t have to deal with that summer lull anymore, and your game will improve every month of the year. 

Think about a boxer and how they train. Where do they practice? They spar in a regulation ring, hit speed bags and punching bags, jump rope, you get the idea. They wear the boxing gloves they will use for a real fight. 

Would the boxer put on oven mitts and shadow box with a tree out in the woods? No. The same thing should apply to a skater, especially one looking to improve his or her skills. Competitive ice athletes stand to experience tremendous gains in their on-ice skills with a synthetic ice rink.

Is A Residential Synthetic Ice Rink For You? 

KwikRink residential Synthetic Ice Rinks represents a massive step in your athletic career. As such, they aren’t for everyone. However, residential synthetic rinks are great for both beginners and experts alike, given a few things:

  • You are serious about improving your skills. Putting a rink in your home is extremely valuable and essential if you want to become an elite skater. There is no quicker way to advance your skills, but your mind has to be set on improvement.
  • You are prepared to maximize your skating time. Why get a residential rink put in your garage, basement, driveway, or yard if you’re not going to skate? We build our rinks with one goal in mind: to maximize your potential and success. If you don’t have the time to hit the ice consistently, you may want to consider something more casual.
  • You are frustrated by your current training options. Maybe you live in a region with few ice skating rinks. Or perhaps you live somewhere where the rink is booked round the clock. That’s frustrating, and we’ve all experienced that at some point. If you crave on-demand access to ice training, KwikRink is for you. 

Win The Mental Battle First

Legendary Navy SEAL David Goggins attributes his confidence to his unrivaled hard work. The training no one sees that goes on behind the scenes, that’s what separates him. Becoming an elite athlete on ice requires high self-confidence, and that begins with putting in the work. 

What if you knew you worked harder than your opponents when you stepped on the ice? What if you knew you put in dozens of more hours than they did? That you slept under the same roof as your rink?

Knowing you have this edge over the competition is a huge advantage-no one can hurt you on the ice. Remember, KwikRink Synthetic Ice Rinks are 90% the glide of real ice-you’ve got game-ready skills immediately.

Get Prepared For Your New Residential Rink

Pick a good spot for your home rink

No matter your age or skill level, you want to be prepared for your new at-home training rink. First, pick a location for your new synthetic rink. The most popular choices include:

  • garage
  • basement
  • driveway
  • deck

Once you know where you want your rink, you can begin evaluating your physical preparation. What is your diet like? Another advantage of a residential rink is easy access to your preferred foods at home. These are almost always healthier than the vending machines or snack bars at your local rink. 

Regarding stretching and weight training, you may have a designated spot in your home for this already. If not, you should consider adding a stretching routine and resistance training to your new intense skating schedule. 

Hundreds of Division I college athletes and NHL players took their game to the next level training at home. With the right preparation, you can as well. 

The Takeaway

Have a rink anywhere

The advantages of having your own residential synthetic rink are massive.  First, you will find that you are putting in countless more hours of on-ice training than your competition. You are also not confined to traditional ice skating rinks. Your mental toughness will be strengthened through your new training regimen, setting you up for wins. 

Not to mention KwikRink’s world-class synthetic rinks have 90% the glide of real ice. This will give you an incredible advantage come game time. Imagine playing in your own preseason game every single day-what serious athlete wouldn’t want that?

If you are serious about accelerating your talent and skill on the ice, you want a residential synthetic rink. It’s less about your current skill-level and more about your mindset. 

With that in mind, we highly recommend a Kwik Rink rink for those serious about marked improvement only. If that sounds like you or your family member, request a quote here

Skate on Your Deck, in the Sun

When you think of ice skating, you probably think of a winter landscape scene, a frozen pond or a lake and bundled-up skaters holding hands. Maybe you think about Rockefeller Center or another public plaza that installs an ice rink in winter, or your mind conjures images of a Zamboni coming out to surface the ice at the indoor rink before another figure skater appears or the team comes back out. 

Whatever you’re imagining, when it comes to ice skating, you generally think of cold, and, well, ice. But that image is changing with the advent of synthetic ice.

Synthetic ice tiles are changing what it means to ice skate. No longer does the weather have to be cold enough to freeze water for you to enjoy ice skating.

At KwikRink, synthetic ice is our specialty. We invented a patented formula, and we have installed ice skating rinks in all sorts of fun places for ice skating enthusiasts to enjoy year-round. Check out our gallery to get inspired.

What Are Synthetic Ice Tiles?

synthetic ice tiles

Synthetic ice is made from high-density polyethylene or ultra high molecular weight polyethylene and other polymers. Today’s synthetic ice has built-in lubricants to improve glide and reduce friction. Most estimates give synthetic ice 90 percent of the glide factor of natural ice.

Synthetic ice comes in long sheets, consistently sized tiles, or custom-cut pieces, depending on your needs. The pieces interlock together, typically with a dovetail system, creating a synthetic ice rink in just the size you need. 

What Size is Best for a Synthetic Ice Rink?

The size of your installation depends on your available space, budget, and how you will use your rink. If you have a budding ice skater or hockey player, a small synthetic ice installation of under 300 square feet will be perfect. Many garages are 12’ x 22’, which means a garage conversion can give you skater plenty of space to work on fundamentals.

If you need a place to get in a workout or practice, a smaller synthetic ice installation works well. You can work on starts, spins, and turns within this space.

Skating on your blades on synthetic ice is far better than attempting to practice on roller blades, which require a different technique and balance. Getting your time in the skates and building muscles is easily done with a smaller installation.

If you are or have a family member who is a future hockey star, a small installation is perfect for practicing fundamentals. Puck glide on synthetic ice is very similar to natural ice, so you can practice stick-handling and shooting easily. Set up a goal at one end, and also practice face-offs and defense as well as skating stamina.

USA Hockey endorses a small rink approach for mastering fundamentals such as strides, pivots, turns, passing, and shooting.

If you’re looking to put in a commercial synthetic ice rink for many people to use at once or to host team practices or games, you’ll need a larger (more than 300 sq. ft.) installation. Here are some places where you can install synthetic ice.

Some Good Places to Install Synthetic Ice Tiles

Your imagination is the only limit to where you can install synthetic ice. Here are some suggestions:

  • Rooftop — Minneapolis and other cities have a lot of beautiful apartment, condo, and loft buildings, many of which have rooftop decks. Add a synthetic rink for community fun.
  • Basements — Concrete slabs are perfect for synthetic ice tiles.
  • Former warehouses or industrial spaces — Convert vacant retail or industrial spaces into a fun synthetic ice rink.
  • Garages — Take out the boxes and vehicles and use the area for skating practice.
  • Swimming pools — If you drain your pool in winter and have a single-depth, you can cover the pool bottom with synthetic ice for three seasons of alternative fun.
  • Parking lots — Is the area flat and paved? It could be a synthetic ice rink.
  • Gymnasiums — convert the gym into an ice rink, then pick up the tiles and play basketball later.
  • Cafeterias or cafetoriums — does your school have a cafeteria? You can lay down synthetic ice tiles for an ice-skating extravaganza.
  • Practice rooms — athletic facilities that have separate practice rooms or studios can convert one into an ice rink for hockey or figure skating drills.
  • Dance studios — if you have a room used for dance or yoga, it can quickly become an ice rink using synthetic ice tiles.

Type and Size of Synthetic Ice Tiles

Types and sizes of synthetic ice tiles

Synthetic ice tiles come in varying sizes and thicknesses. The kind you need depends on your budget, space, use, and plans to clean them. Thinner tiles are more budget-conscious and won’t last as long as thicker ones. However, you can get a good 3-5 years out of them and grow your rink later with higher quality tiles. 

Budget-friendly tiles are a good choice if you have a new skater and aren’t sure if they will stick with it. Smaller synthetic ice tiles are also lighter weight and easier to install and remove for a multi-purpose space. 

Larger tiles are better for larger installations since they reduce the number of seams you will have across the surface. You can also opt for tongue and groove seam connections instead of the dovetail design, for an even smoother surface that stays cleaner longer.

Thicker tiles are heavier and better for installations that are more or less permanent. They also last up to a decade or more.

Whatever the size of your planned ice rink, there are synthetic ice tiles to suit your needs and your budget.

Contact KwikRink to Get Started

KwikRink Synthetic Ice® is a Maple Grove, MN company. We have installed synthetic ice rinks in many locations in the Twin Cities area, but you can find KwikRink installations in five continents around the world.

As a pioneer in developing synthetic ice, we’ve been in the business since the mid-1990s. We’ve just introduced our fifth generation patented product, which provides unsurpassed glide and reduced drag. 

Fill out our rink configuration form to get started or give us a call at (888) 275-2345 to speak with one of our friendly staff. Soon you’ll have a synthetic ice rink to hone your puck handling skills or help your child develop stronger skating technique.