Though figure skating training is a challenging endeavor under any circumstances, you can help your skater excel with a home-based, synthetic ice rink from KwikRink Synthetic Ice.

Read on for a deep dive into figure skating training techniques to practice any time of year, indoors or outside, on any size flat surface. Your skater can gain a competitive and recreational edge with a synthetic ice rink from Kwik Rink.

Call us today for free measurement guidance and a quote on the ideal rink for your home. Our customized, click-together, synthetic ice tiles and accessory packages will fit your space and figure skating training goals in a snap (literally!)

Get stronger faster with synthetic ice

Explosive propulsion is crucial for single, double, and triple jumps in the rink. The higher the leap, the more rotations completed and landed, the higher your score, expertise, and achievement in figure skating.

Height and explosion in skating jumps relate directly to the explosive power in your big leg muscles like the quadriceps, hamstrings (front and back of the thigh), gluteals (the muscles in your backside) and your core (abdominal and lower back muscles.)

Training on synthetic ice provides about 10% more friction between your skate blades and the surface than on conventional ice. When you execute jumps on synthetic ice, your muscles become stronger and more powerful than when you practice solely on natural ice.

Think of this training effect like training at high altitude. Olympic athletes spend months exercising in lower-oxygen environments to improve their oxygen-producing ability. (For all you exercise nerds out there, they produce more oxygen-carrying red blood cells in high altitude.) 

Then, when these athletes compete at a lower altitude, they can perform better because their use of oxygen under exertion is substantially more efficient. What felt like a killer sprinting challenge in the mountains feels like a piece of cake at sea level, so they go faster and farther.

The same principle applies to skaters who train on synthetic ice and then compete or perform on natural ice. Their jumps are higher, they may complete more rotations, and they have more stamina for challenging short and long programs.

Refine the details with synthetic ice

Though jump training requires a larger ice space, you can still hone your skills with a small rink. If you can dedicate a corner of your garage for figure skating training, you can drastically improve your figure skating technique.

Footwork, balance, choreography, and spins exemplify classic examples of synthetic ice-ready drills and skills to practice outside of natural ice time. 

When you consistently utilize a synthetic ice training program two or more times per week, you’ll notice gains in your strength, precision, and balance in a short amount of time.

Skills like donuts, spread eagles, spirals, split jumps, and Biellmann spins are some of the elements adaptable to synthetic ice, depending on rink size and skater experience. 

You can also parse out demanding or artistic sections of choreography on synthetic ice to perfect technique, expression, or style.

Sharpen your edges for best performance

On synthetic ice, sharp skating edges can promote skater confidence as they adapt to a different skating surface. If you trust your edges to propel you into jumps, you’ll likely feel more ready to try challenging rotations and higher leaps.

KwikRink offers skate sharpeners as part of our product line to ensure your blades remain sharp enough to keep you on the cutting edge of progress in your figure skating training routine.

Who has room for a home figure skating rink?

You do!  Seriously, if you have a flat space of nearly any size, you can customize a home rink to fit your space. Our state-of-the-art synthetic ice tiles work indoors and outside for a versatile application you can use year-round.

Plus, KwikRink synthetic ice tiles assemble and tear down like puzzle pieces. You won’t need any tools to click your tiles in place; they press together with ease for a seamless skating surface.

Since rink installation is a snap, you can also use your rink when desired, then stack and store it away when not in use. We recommend covering your tiles with a waterproof tarp outdoors, or with a soft cloth cover indoors. 

Covering your stored tiles helps ensure a clean surface with maximum glide for up to ten years of regular use.

But, isn’t a synthetic rink hard to maintain?

KwikRink Synthetic Ice is a low-maintenance training option that fits your family’s busy schedule. Your ice tiles will keep their glide as long as you keep them clean. 

Cleaning your tiles is a two-step process. After each figure skating training session:

  1. Sweep your tiles with a soft push broom, vacuum with a shop vac, or clear with a leaf-blower to remove loose dust and dirt.
  2. Wet-mop your tiles with a conventional mop and gentle cleaner like dish soap-and-water, or use an all-in-one product with cleanser and disposable pads like a Swiffer Wet Jet or similar mopping system.

If you leave your tiles down between skate sessions, make sure they stay free of dust by covering them or dry-sweeping them again before your next skate. 

When storing and stacking, keep them away from dust or dirt sources. Our skate tiles will take care of your skaters so long as you keep the tiles clean and happy.

Partner with KwikRink to build your little (or not so little) champion

The experienced team at KwikRink wants to make owning a home rink accessible and care-free. We believe all skaters can benefit from home training on synthetic ice, so your natural ice time is the best it can be for your time and investment. 

Take advantage of our expertise in measuring and installing your synthetic ice home rink, and get your skaters on their home-based synthetic ice ASAP!

Call our team today for measuring assistance and a free quote. We customize our tiles to any space and size for your training goals and budget. Plus, we also provide rink borders, colored marking tape, and more to create the rinks on which figure skating dreams come true.

When it comes to trying something new and exciting, ice skating is a sport that ranks pretty high on the list. If your child is looking to try something a little different, this is a great chance to have a lot of fun while also reaping the benefits of a great workout!

Want to make this an even more exceptional experience? Consider installing a synthetic home ice rink. It is way more doable than you think. Contact KwikRink and find out how.

Whether you head for lessons at the local arena or choose to create a home rink, this is a sport with plenty of benefits for the whole family!

Is Ice Skating A Good Workout?

In addition to being one of the most fun forms of exercise, ice skating has the extra benefit of providing a whole-body workout. It is easy on growing joints due to the low impact nature of the sport, and so can be a gentle and suitable alternative to running or jogging on growing bodies.

And those are not the only benefits.

Balance and coordination can also be hugely improved. These skills are targeted because ice skating is an activity that uses a lot of so-called ‘stabilizer muscles,’ which everyday life rarely uses fully.

These are primarily located around the knees, hips, and ankles. Muscle tone is also improved, and the challenge of keeping your balance helps to build a strong core and overall body strength.

Need more persuasion?

Ice skating can also be a great way to keep in shape as your child grows; skating at 14km per hour can burn up to 300 calories with minimal effort!

What If I Can’t Get To A Rink?

Despite the growing popularity of ice skating, families living in remote or rural areas may struggle to get out to a rink for lessons. The good news is that you don’t have to!

Building a home ice rink may seem like a daunting challenge. Though overwhelming, this does not have to be the case.

Contact the folks at KwikRink Synthetic Ice and see how easily you can be skating, year-round, on your very own rink! Before long, your child will be building and honing their skills and abilities in the comfort of their backyard, or even their basement.

A home rink can be perfect for newbies who are just starting and who may be nervous or self-conscious in a public space. They are also an ideal solution if you are already a keen skater, looking to get a head start on next season. Or to perfect a technique, just in time for a test date or big performance!

What Can Your Child Learn?

Why should you go to this trouble just so your child can skate? As we have mentioned, getting on the ice is a great way to build strength and agility, and is a great physical and mental workout for your child. There are a host of benefits to the sport, and participants can learn some precious lessons, such as:

If you fall, get back up: Ice skating is a tricky activity performed on a very slippery surface. At some point, a fall is inevitable, especially when you are just starting. Though sometimes a little painful, this can also be an excellent chance for your child to learn some serious resilience.

To improve and become the ice dancer they have dreamed of, every skater has to fall, get back up, and try again. This lesson applies to life as well as on the ice.

Try, try and try again: When you see fluid, graceful ice skaters performing at the Olympics or in a show, it is easy to think that their moves look effortless. In truth, there are hundreds of hours of practice which have gone into perfecting their techniques and routines, and this can be an excellent lesson for your child.

The only way to get better is to practice, and there is always something to learn.

Exercise can be fun! We know how important regular exercise is for growing bodies, and as a way to boost mental health. However, organized sports can be a turn off for many children at a young age.

Ice skating is a perfect way to show them that there are fun alternatives. They are introduced to new ways to move their bodies, which do not require team sports or a traditional workout.

Establishing a love of exercise at a young age is valuable, and something your child will carry through their lives.

Confidence is key: The unique challenges offered by ice skating means that progress can be slow. This slow progress can lead to a powerful moment when your child can reflect on how far they have come.

Spending several hours mastering the basics may seem tedious at the time, but the rewards will follow. In the long term, it will allow them to stand tall and confident when it comes to trying the more complex moves.

It will also show them that a little hard work and self-belief will help them to achieve more than they thought possible!

Balance is essential: A big part of succeeding in ice skating is the ability to master your balance and coordination. These areas are crucial to unlocking more complex moves, and training and practice will give your child a better awareness of their sense of balance.

They must use all the parts of their body to succeed – if they neglect one area, the whole trick falls apart.

Acknowledging and understanding this also allows for an opportunity to extend this concept more fully into their life. Just as balance is essential for performing a tricky spin in skating, it is needed in everyday life to help your child stay well-rounded and adjusted.

Learning to master their balance and body on the ice can provide the tools they need to succeed in a range of other areas.

Why Wait?

Getting started with ice skating may seem daunting; there are lessons, schedules, transportation, and safety equipment to consider.

A backyard rink can alleviate a few of these considerations and provide as many benefits as a commercial space, all while having the bonus of being available 24/7 for your child!

With so many fantastic benefits to the sport, why not take the plunge today, and set your child up for a whole host of positive outcomes. What are you waiting for?

Contact KwikRink to get started, and get your child on their way to being the best they can be today!

home synthetic ice rink

Plastics were first used as a substitute for ice for skating in the 1960s. Synthetic ice rinks were made from materials such as polyoxymethylene plastic, developed by DuPont in the 1950s. In 1982, the first full-sized artificial rinks were produced with High-Density Plastics. They were completed using interlocking panels.

So, artificial ice has been around for a while. And, there were, of course, challenges skating on synthetic ice when it first came into existence.

Technological advances and higher quality products have resolved many of these challenges. Some, in reality, can make you a better skater for overcoming them.

With that said, if you are in the market for a high-tech, high-quality, synthetic ice rink, contact our staff at KwikRink. We can answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, let’s review how to ice skate on current, high-quality synthetic ice.

Use your regular skates

Whether they are figure skates or hockey skates, you will not need any unusual type of skate for use on artificial ice. Skates no longer dull as quickly with the latest synthetic ice technology.

Enhanced molecular structure and glide technology are essential to reducing friction which dulls ice skate blades. KwikRink’s latest formula finds that ideal combination of glide while still providing for just the right grip, creating the perfect conditions for skating.

This enhanced molecular structure and glide technology helps to cut down on friction and the need to resharpen skates as often as is needed with older, traditional quality synthetic panels.

Wear your regular clothes

Current self-lubricating panels require no topical sprays and do not ooze slip agent. No topical sprays or slip agents means no oily mess to stain clothes, costumes or uniforms.

Old assembly methods also meant flooring could move and slide over time. This movement would create gaps and uneven surfaces. New dovetail interlocking designs mean panels stay in place both horizontally and vertically. An even surface means nothing to catch or trip on, except, maybe your toe pick.

So go ahead and practice your butterfly saves or the closing move to your paso doble, no need to take special precautions with your clothing.

Skip the hats, scarves, wool socks, mittens, and parka

Synthetic ice does not require cold temperatures. So you could be skating anywhere from a traditional arena setting to a small in-home rink, to an expansive outdoor rink in the middle of summer.

You won’t need to wait until it is cold enough outside for the ice to freeze. No more being forced to practice when it is so severe or snowy that you won’t survive more than 20 minutes before needing a break in the warming house.

Leave the broom in the closet

No, we haven’t switched to the topic of curling — that was one of last month’s articles. Skating on inferior quality synthetic panels generates a considerable amount of abrasions and shavings requiring frequent sweeping of the surface.

With the latest technology, the panels are now self-lubricating, and the surface remains more intact, which means the broom doesn’t have to come out of the closet as often.

Leave the cleaners in the cabinet

Besides the broom, you can leave the cleaning products in the closet too. Higher quality products are designed to withstand the elements. No lubricants or topical sprays means the surfaces do not attract dirt and grime as quickly as older materials. Both have the effect of the rink staying cleaner, longer, as well.

An occasional mopping (or use of a floor scrubber on larger, outdoor rinks) will still be required, but KwikRink’s synthetic panels are designed to take the punishment of any hockey or figure skating regimen. Indoors or out, these rinks are designed to last up to a decade or more.

Practice all your regular moves

So, you can wear your regular skates, and you can wear your regular clothes, and yes, you can practice all your regular moves. From long glides to hockey stops, and spins to jumps off your toe pick, you can practice all the skills on synthetic ice.

It used to be that backward skating and transitioning were slowed down and unnatural on synthetic ice, but that is no longer the case. KwikRink’s 5th generation formula provides for 95% of real ice speed and a glide of up to 50 ft on one stroke.

Be prepared to become a stronger skater

Although KwikRink’s 5th generation formula provides for 95% of real ice speed, that does still mean that you will need to work a little harder to recover that last 5%. That, however, is a good thing.

The slight extra exertion required is like training with weights on, something almost every sports discipline uses. Training with weights builds extra muscle mass. Then, removing the weight will make repeating the same movement seem almost effortless.

Figure skaters may need to make the muscles work just a little harder to get up off the synthetic ice into that jump. That little extra work will then make them feel light as a bird when they return to real ice.

Hockey skaters may have to push just a little harder on a synthetic rink. But it will make them feel like they are wearing rockets when they start doing speed drills on the real ice rink.

Give it a try

If you haven’t skated on a synthetic rink recently, or ever, give it a try. Skate, drill, block, check, shoot, glide, spin, and jump just like on real ice.

When you’ve convinced yourself that it is a satisfactory alternative to real ice, check out KwikRink’s website. We’ve got tons of ideas on how to use synthetic ice rinks for commercial, residential, and rental applications.

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

 

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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