Welcome to the Gloucester Skating Club’s Off-Ice Program. Here you will find a wealth of resources to ensure successful off-ice training both at the arena and at home.

GSC's Off-Ice Training programs are designed for Pre-Stars and up. Training includes: off-ice jumping technique, ballet, dance, movement classes, and strength and conditioning.

To learn more about our Off-Ice instructors, please visit our Coaches Page using the button below.

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Off-ice Policy

Parents and guardians are not permitted in the off-ice training space during GSC off-ice classes. Please promptly drop skaters off at class and then leave the off-ice training space. A clear, open and quiet training space allows for more productive and effective off-ice training sessions.  At the end of class, parents/guardians can return to pick-up skaters.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation on this matter.

GSC Off-Ice Fitness Testing

GSC is pleased to provide physical capacity tests for STARSkate and CompetitiveSkate participants. These tests provide a baseline to compare with future results. For those skaters who have participated in physical capacity tests in the past, these test results will show improvements since the last test and/or further areas for improvement. The overall aim of these tests is to support optimal athletic development and performance. The results of these tests will be collected and privately distributed to each individualʼs coach, and securely stored for future personal comparison.

Fitness testing is FREE to all skaters participating in STARSkate and Competitive skating programs.

Off-ice Training and What you should Bring

Attendance and commitment to an off-ice program is a major contributor to accelerated skill development and the overall enhancement of an athlete’s on-ice performance and long term development.

Skaters are required to be at the rink 20-30 minutes prior to their on-ice session to do a proper off-ice warm-up. Skaters are required to have a skipping rope for all off-ice classes.

What else should I bring to my off-ice class?

  • Water bottle: Having a water bottle allows the group to stay in one place during the session and keeps everyone well hydrated, which is essential for young people, especially athletes. Drinking lots of water helps a skater’s body to function at its best by helping muscles work more efficiently and cool down more effectively after hard work-outs.

  • Towel (small hand towel would work or small bath towel): We use this towel to help with flexibility exercises.

  • Proper running shoes (good arch support): It is very important for skaters to have appropriate foot wear during off-ice. Skaters’ feet need to be well supported while they are running and jumping. Proper footwear also helps prevent injuries, not only to their feet, but to their whole body; the position of our feet set up the alignment of all our joints.

  • Snacks: Proper and adequate nutrition is crucial to staying healthy and having enough energy to train and recover. Some skaters are coming straight from school, skating and then coming to off-ice, so it’s really essential that they have quick and healthy snacks to munch on in between skating and off-ice. Throwing granola bars, dried fruit, fresh fruit, or whole wheat crackers (to mention a few) would be a great idea. Ideally, to help skaters’ bodies to recover well after training, they should try to drink at least 500ml-750ml of water and have a snack or meal within 1 hour of the end of their session(s).

We look forward to seeing you in off-ice class!