by Katie Fiore
I hope you’re all enjoying a summer filled with training and some much-needed rest. One of the most fun and influential things you can do for your skating this summer is to attend a synchronized skating camp/clinic. In past summers, I’ve been lucky enough to attend countless skating camps all over the country! Each one has helped me improve my skating technique, and I’ve as well make tons of new friends that I’ve stayed in contact with as the years go by. This summer, I was able to get a first look at what the next four years have in store for me at the Bronco Skating Camp held at Western Michigan University
The Bronco Skating Camp is geared towards mid-level skaters but also caters to beginners and the more advanced. This year, the 3-day camp reached their all-time high number of attendees with 31 campers! It’s so exciting to see a program grow and increase its outreach to skaters.
Each day included 3-4 hours on the ice (depending on group placement), off-ice conditioning instructed by the team’s strength and conditioning coach, dance classes led by the teams dance teacher, dorm activities, and IJS classroom sessions. A standout was the incredible power class led by Western Michigan Synchronized Skating coaches Alyssa Dutton and Lauren Tseng. Cardio in addition to strength training is becoming more necessary for synchronized skaters, and with that comes the importance of on-ice conditioning. A major takeaway from the camp was how incorporating intervals and other power skating drills into your daily practice can only improve your overall performance. The IJS class was also really eye-opening (especially towards skaters who have lesser knowledge about the judging system) and was also very well structured by using video examples.
Regardless of your experience, age or level, the Bronco Skating Camp will indeed challenge you. It was an incredibly well-organized and high energy weekend so if you have the means, check it out next year! Hope you all enjoy your #SummerOfSynchro!