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Lower body strengthening exercises for skaters

Looking for simple exercises to strengthen your legs and improve your skating? Here are a few to try that focus on your quads, glutes and hamstrings. Strengthen these muscles and you'll naturally increase your skating stamina.

  • Squats - Squats are a compound full body workout that engage the quads, hips, glutes and hamstrings. Watch a video demo or take FitnessBlender's 100 rep squat challenge.
  • Wall sits - Wall sits primarily strengthen the quads and can be a little intense for people with bad knees. Watch a video demo by FitnessBlender, and try slowly incorporating them into your daily fitness routines to test their effect on your knee joints.
  • Lunges - Lunges work the quads, glutes and hamstrings and there are many variations of this excellent leg exercise. Watch a video demo or try FitnessBlender's total body strength and HIIT cardio workout or 5x5x5 pulse workout.
  • Dead lifts - Dead lifts strengthen the quads, glutes and hamstrings using weights, and there are variations of this exercise as well. Watch a video demo or check out End of Three Fitness and Project Barbell to learn more about weight training and how to increase your overall strength.

Don't forget to properly refuel your body and give your muscles enough time to recover between workouts.