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Developmental Phases

4D Skating Revolution has developed 4 phases of training along with an Elite track.  Although the training is meant to be taught over a period of time, a skater’s individual skills will dictate the speed and complexity of the exercises.  By adding movement of additional body parts to a basic exercise, 4D Skating’s exercises can be geared to target skaters of all levels and ability.

Why use an approach of developmental phases verse teaching all the exercises at one point?

The developmental phases are progressively designed to build and challenge
the core fundamentals of balance, learned mechanics, and strength.  Think
about the concepts of teaching a baby to crawl before it can walk, or in the
figure skating world, teaching a beginning skater to march before they can
triple! 

4D Skating uses progressive phases to introduce the skills only when the
skaters have mastered the previously taught exercises.  By understanding
that every jump and spin has a core derivative, 4D skating focuses on building
a common thread starting at the most fundamental skill.  The fundamental
premise teaches movement, stability, and initiation of power, then moves the
skaters through a series of progressive exercises that build upon these said
foundations.  From this understanding of the core derivative of each skating
facet, 4D Skating creates an environment for the skaters where they have
knowledge, strength, and the ability to take corrective measures for both learned
and newly introduced skills while encouraging a non-confrontational environment for the athlete to work and isolate their jump frame by frame. 

Simply put, 4D Skating believes that successful training is build upon the mastery of skills before adding new and more dynamic exercises.  Teaching an athlete where and how to engage and initiate power and movement is the first goal of the developmental phases.  Threading these new skills forward through dynamic and more complex movements will allow the skaters to build a repertoire of quality mechanics to draw from.  Please see the below example of how 4D skating’s training can address a common issue:


Common Error with the Axel-  Dropping the free-hip on the way up!  There are two (2) common reasons that this occurs:  not being over the skating hip or not engaging the core while raising the hip.  There are a number of exercises that are traditionally used to correct this issue, but they all include repetitive on-ice exercises that can lead to overuse injuries.  As a coach, I ask myself how an athlete can achieve quality positioning in .4-.6 seconds when the actual set of mechanics has not yet been learned and formed in a different format.  4D Skating’s reverse engineering of all jumps and spins has isolated the issue that leads to dropping the free hip, derived a number of exercises to increase both core strength and hip raises while also developing balance, agility, and awareness.  4D Skating teaches through the issue, not around it while diminishing the repetitive stress to the body.
I started skating at age five in Los Angeles, CA. Later we moved to Houston, TX. My mother is Danish and my Father is American. Both my parents are coaches at the Kendall Ice Arena in Miami, FL. My father is a Double Master Rated Coach with PSA (Professional Skaters Association).  I train everyday on the ice for about three hours. It’s a great place to train.

I use the
4D Slideboard in my "off-ice" program at Kendall Ice Arena. I feel it is a very versatile training tool for jump training. I especially like it because it is low impact, which is not usually the case for "off-ice" jump classes. It's great for building core strength.

We take “off ice” strength & conditioning classes, ballet and work out in the gym. On-ice “power conditioning” classes also help with my training.

I belong to two figure skating clubs. In Denmark, I am a member of the
Skøjteklub København (Skating Club of Copenhagen). In Florida I belong to the Miami Figure Skating Club, Inc. which is located at Kendall Ice Arena
I really think I have the best of both worlds. I get to make skating friends in both the U.S. and Denmark. Traveling and competing in new places is really exciting!
Click here for more info on Karina Sindling Johnson, 2011 Danish Champion
Karina Sindling Johnson

2011 Danish Champion