February 22, 2010
With only eight weeks to train, Italian athletes use CrossFit to prepare for the World Figure Skating Championships in Torino, Italy.
It is my great pleasure to write about the marvellous success obtained by my athletes who will soon compete at the next World Figure Skating Championship in Torino, Italy.
I found many applications for CrossFit as strength and conditioning coach of the Italian National Ice Skating Team. I’m very lucky to work with the majority of the best national athletes. When I first saw these athletes, I thought I had my job almost done: what could I give them that they hadn’t got? Soon, I discovered they all lacked core stabilization and had never followed a core strength and conditioning program in their entire lives as elite athletes. You can imagine what I thought at that moment.
The athletes soon started to learn and practice the nine fundamental movements, which they digested quite well and incorporated into their daily workouts. After just one month of working out five days a week, the athletes were moving differently on the ice. After CrossFit training, the athletes felt much more stabilized in the midsection, especially women in the couples disciplines.
As far as metabolic conditioning and strength are concerned, I noticed a big difference in less than one month of training. Now all the skaters feel much stronger and have much more stamina. They don’t feel fatigue as before. After just a few weeks of hard training, the core stability has changed dramatically, and squatting, overhead squatting and deadlifting have been of great help optimizing this midline stabilization.