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Do I need to build upper-body strength for skating?

Although most skaters focus tremendously on lower-body strength and conditioning, upper-body strength is important for skating. A good amount of postural alignment is held in the upper body and so it needs to have strength endurance. The core musculature throughout the upper body should also be strengthened. When looking at arm strength, it is important to understand that jumps and spins need controlled arm movements, which can be enhanced by strengthening. A strong and steady column from top to bottom, head to toe, should be balanced through appropriate strength exercises. All strength exercises should be preceded by programs that focus on training the smaller muscles surrounding your joints to work to stabilize the joints, and quality of movement should always precede quantity. A certified trainer can help to design a program that meets individual needs and set guidelines to maintain strict form.

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