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JO ANN’s Ice Skate and Practice Compulsory Figures Just for Exercise Plan

JO ANN’s Ice Skate and Practice Compulsory Figures Just for Exercise Plan
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When I was a child and teen, I practiced compulsory school figures for hours and hours every day. I had two pairs of skates, one for figures and one for freestyle.  I spent years mastering tracings and doing clean turns.   I passed several figure tests.

Many, many years have passed, but I still “do figures,” but now, I do figures for exercise and (believe it or not) for relaxation!  I have a compulsory figures for exercise system, and for quite some time, I’ve wanted to share that system with my readers.

Below is my “Ice Skate and Practice Compulsory Figures Just for Exercise Plan”:

**Note:  To do all of what I”ve listed below, a skater must be able to glide on one foot on outside and inside edges and do some basic figure skating turns such as three-turns, brackets, counters, and rockers.   Previous experience doing compulsory figures is a plus, but not a must.  A clean sheet of ice is nice, but not necessary.  My figure skating exercise plan can be done in the center of a rink on a public session or on an end of the rink on a freestyle session.  A scribe is NOT necessary.  If your rink does offer “patch” time that is great!  My “compulsory figures just for exercise plan” takes about an 45 minutes to an hour to complete, but sometimes, I just do about 20 to 30 minutes of figures.  No special “patch blades” are necessary and don’t worry about tracing anything or doing clean turns or flats!

JO ANN’s Ice Skate and Practice Compulsory Figures Just for Exercise Plan:

  1. Start by “laying out” and doing the forward outside eight.  Do about six tracings.  Use the heel of your blade to darken the outside eight’s circles.  (If the ice sheet is not “clean” you may also want to drag and scrape one blade around the circle to darken the circles a bit more.)
  2. Next, do a forward inside eight for about six tracings over the same circles you did the outside eight on.
  3. Move over a step or two, and “lay out” a right forward serpentine and do about six tracings.  Again, use your heel to darken the serpentine’s circles.
  4. Do six tracings of a left forward serpentine over the right forward serpentine’s circles.
  5. Now do paragraph forward eights in both directions.  Again use your heel to darken the circles and do six tracings.  (I make my paragraph eight circles a bit smaller than the regular outside and inside eights circles.)
  6. Go back to your original forward outside eight cirlcles and do three to six tracings of back outside eights and back inside eights.
  7. If you feel like it, do back serpentines (both left and right) over the darkened forward serpentine circles.
  8. Next do any figure you feel like doing that includes three turns.  I sometimes do double three figures which quickly gets all the three turns, forward, backward, inside and outside, in.
  9. Now do brackets.  If I feel like it, I do change brackets.
  10. After the brackets, do counters and/or rockers.
  11. Loops always come last.  I like doing forward change loops, but if I feel “adventurous,” I do back change loops!

Happy Skating!

JO ANN Schneider Farris

Further Reading:

Jo Ann Schneider-Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in figure skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author. Jo Ann was the Figure Skating Expert for About.com for 10 years. Jo Ann began skating as a young child. She won a silver medal in the junior dance event at the United States National Figure Skating Championships and is a US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. She coached figure skating and has trained skaters of all ages and levels. In addition, Jo Ann taught hockey players to skate and gave instruction in power skating. She is the author of two skating books: How to Jump and Spin on In-Line Skates, the only book of its kind on inline figure skating, and a personal memoir, My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating. Jo Ann also has contributed articles that have been included on the US Figure Skating website and the icenetwork.com website, in SKATING Magazine, Ice Skating Institute's magazine, the Professional Skaters Association magazine, and she also wrote about ice skating for Examiner.com. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, The Broadmoor Skating Club, and U.S. Figure Skating. Jo Ann is a graduate of the famous Hollywood Professional School, a school that once was in southern California where many serious figure skaters attended, including Peggy Fleming. She is also a graduate of Colorado College and holds a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. As a figure skating competitor, she trained under World Ice Dance Champion and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny and also Darlene Gilbert, who has trained international and national teams. From JO ANN Schneider Farris: Hi and Happy Skating! Yes, Happy Skating is my motto. I hope to share my love of the sport and my knowledge of it with you and my goal is to link skaters from all over the world on this site. Happy Skating! Please join me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or follow me on Google+ and Pinterest. Email me at joannfarris@yahoo.com

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