Creating an environment to make home synthetic ice training a reality takes more thinking than money to make it happen. As with all modern day sports physical fitness is the foundation for the potential of success one can achieve outside of genetics. Being a "gym rat" or in this case a "rink rat" can take a player with an average skill to the next level if the effort and desire is there.
WIth all of todays modern day distractions (facebook, instagram, twitter) that unfortunately consume the bulk of any young athletes day, introducing home training is more critical today than ever before. Trying to find time between homework assignments and practices is difficult for any young athlete to continue self-training. Having a dedicated space in a home environment becomes even more valuable than ever especially for those athletes that have to master the art of ice skating.
Whether it be a hockey player or figure skater, creating a "go-to" familiar space for the athlete to push past their comfort level to the point of failure in a private environment is the envy of any "rink rat". As much as it seems that Moms and Dads like to oversee every increment of development during practice athletes prefer to test their boundaries training on their own as they progress their skills....Savoring that head-turning moment when they hear, "Did (He or She) just do that?"
Creating a synthetic ice training area can begin with a minimal amount of space and investment. With the average cost of skates ranging $300-$500 a pair of skates synthetic ice is becoming more of a bargain. A lot can be accomplished with just a little bit of space for figure skaters practicing their spins or hockey players practicing their shot... in their skates! Quite honestly "small games" training has become widely accepted at every level from youth to Pro's.
Most any highlight reel of some of the most impressive head-turning moves are accomplished in less than 200 square feet of space. Most all trainers are also firm believers in repetition...repetition...repitition until muscle memory makes it second nature and the skill set has been ingrained into the athlete. This can be accented by limiting the amount of time and space for the athlete to recover and allow them to quickly repeat the skill.
Creating a natural ice outdoor rink would be the ideal scenerio that any skater would love to enjoy depending on their geographical location. The facts are that for a large percentage of all the skaters in the world the ice arena is the only solution.....but it doesn't have to be that way anymore. The little bit of added resistance with todays modern synthetic ice makes it more and more of an acceptable substitute to the real thing. There is also a warm element to synthetic ice training when it's much too cold to go outdoors when the wind chill guarantees frost-bite in 15 minutes. When such is the case....synthetic ice is truly priceless!
By Jim Loughran polyglideice.com