Growing up in Vermont, renowned figure skater Ross Miner has been on the ice since he was two years old. He is an Olympic caliber championship skater who takes the sport very seriously. As a result he has incorporated staying in shape for skating into all aspects of his life. Even when on the road for events or for vacation, he tries as hard as possible to stick to his routine.
Days start early for a figure skater like Ross Miner who is usually at the gym by 6:30 in the morning. It is important to do leg exercises daily such as lunges and foam rollers not only to build muscle strength but to work out the ankles for stability and balance. This type of exercise is usually done at a gym, but is just as easy to do at home or when out on the road.
Miner is also an avid outdoor sportsman and spent a good part of his summers growing up camping, hiking and fishing. He still enjoys these activities during the spring and summer months, and admits to conforming his workouts so that he can perform them right outside of his family tent. For an athlete who spends most of his days inside of skating arenas, it is a treat to wake up, roll out of a tent, fire up the grill for a hearty breakfast, and start the day in the middle of the wilderness.
When home, Miner does go to the rink after his morning workout to practice his performances, do laps around the rink and experiment with new moves. When vacationing, he will either try and find an indoor rink close by to at least practice some of his routine, or skip it and exercise by rowing around a lake or taking a jog on the hiking trails. This helps in keeping both his body and mind in shape even when on a vacation.
Even though skating is serious sport Miner knows that the most important thing is to have fun while doing it. Especially with a sport that is as grueling as figure skating can be. As he says, you are going to fall, and you are going to mess up, but if you learn not to take each small mistake as a fatal one, you are going to enjoy the sport more and excel at it.
Ross Miner can teach aspiring professional skaters a thing or two about having a good time, and striving for excellence. He has managed to find the perfect way to balance his passion for skating with an adventurous and active life off of the ice.