AKHOCKEY SKATEMILL & SKILLS CENTRE

SKATEMILL  BENEFITS
Skating treadmill users are exposed to a number of benefits regardless of their age or skill level
BEGINNERS

- Easier to learn how to skate with drop down bar to hold onto and professional instruction
- Safer to learn how to skate with safety harness to catch skater if they fall
- Increased muscle memory and retention on skating treadmill makes stepping back onto ice easy and seamless
- Provides a great conditioning experience for those looking for a new workout

PLAYERS

- Higher repetition on skating treadmill creates faster gains and better muscle memory and retention than on ice; players will be able to learn new skills faster and apply them to game situations sooner
- Forces players to work harder than on ice due to increased friction of treadmill surface versus ice and constant force of treadmill moving against the skater
- Skating treadmill forces players to stride perfectly every time; any skating inefficiencies will be exposed very quickly
- Detailed skating treadmill program is customized to the individual’s goals
- Private 1 on 1 coaching at a large fraction of the cost it would be to replicate on-ice

PROFESSIONALS

- Fine-tune any inefficiencies that will make big differences on the ice
- Challenges multi-tasking abilities essential for the professional game
- Great for off-season training or rehabilitation after an injury

SKATEMILL FAQ’S
How long is a regular skatemill session?

In order to achieve maximum benefit, players will work at a game-like work to rest ratio and will be given an appropriate rest time in between shifts on the treadmill. Therefore, a player’s session length will depend on how many players are booked per hour.

For example:

1 or 2 players – 40 minutes (20 minutes of skating/instruction time per player)

3 players – 60 minutes (20 minutes of skating/instruction time per player)

How do I book a skatemill session?

1. Click on the button below.

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2. Log-in to your online account, or click “Register” to create an online account.

3. You must purchase a package, or have available sessions prior to scheduling an appointment. To make a purchase, select the desired package at the bottom right of the page, click “Purchase Package”, and follow the on screen instructions to complete your purchase.

4. To schedule an appointment, first select what type of treadmill session you would like to book (Regular, Semi-Private, or Private) from the drop down menu above the calendar. Then select an available date you would like to book. To the right a list of available times will be displayed. Click “Select” and follow the on-screen instructions to finish your request. If you would like to request an appointment time on a weekend or a time that isn’t showing availability, please send an email to treadmill@akhockey.ca and we will review the request on an individual basis.

5. Once the request is made, your selection will be reviewed and you will receive a confirmation email once approved.

We will do our best to fulfill the exact requests of our customers. However, due to the busy hockey season, we are often booked on the ice, and may have to modify some requests in order to fit our instructor’s availability.

 

What do I need to bring?

When coming in for a skatemill session you will need to bring your skates, stick, gloves, gym shorts, and a water bottle. Players skating on the treadmill for the first time must also bring shin pads and a helmet to the session.

Is it okay for players to wear their real skates?

Yes, the skatemill will not do any damage to a player’s skates.

What happens if a player falls on the skatemill?

All players will wear a safety harness when on the skatemill. The instructor will demonstrate the proper way to fall if a player is ever to fall on the skatemill which allows the player to simply hang without getting hurt.

How often will I have to sharpen my skates after being on the skatemill?

Depending on the players weight, the skatemill will dull the skate blades 1.5 to 2 times faster than on the ice.

How does the skatemill compare to real ice?

To compare the skatemill to the ice is like comparing a swimmer swimming in a calm lake where there’s no current and a swimmer swimming up a river where they’re faced with a current. Facing the current will make it more challenging, but will yield in greater and faster gains once stepping back onto the ice.