Recognizing the importance of off-ice training, the University of Delaware offers comprehensive dance, strength and conditioning programs.
Off-Ice Dance Program
The Training Center has a spacious dance studio a few steps away from the ice in the Fred Rust Arena. Master classes are offered from a variety of teachers in ballet, jazz, modern, character and ballroom dance. Specific benefits of off-ice dance include: increased coordination, balance, awareness of musicality, artistic expression, flexibility and concentration. Group lessons also provide a sense of camaraderie in a fun and energetic atmosphere where skaters can rise to the challenges of different techniques and choreography.
Off-Ice Conditioning/Weight Training Program
The conditioning and weight training program focuses on strength, cardiovascular exercise and flexibility. This program is designed to meet the individual needs of each figure skater. Its goal is to improve the skater’s performance on the ice by increasing their strength and cardiovascular endurance. The strength and conditioning facility is conveniently located in the Fred Rust Ice Arena and is equipped with a variety of weight training and cardiovascular equipment. The strength and conditioning program is overseen by Mr. Jeff Schneider. He has over 16 years of experience in the sport of figure skating.
The University of Delaware Sports Medicine Clinic provides a comprehensive health care facility near the High Performance Figure Skating Training Center that is available to eligible skaters. A professional health-care staff and licensed physician are on duty to meet the needs of our athletes.
For more information about the figure skating strength training program at the University of Delaware e-mail Jeff Schneider with your name, address and the information needed or call or (302) 831-2868.