I first met Signe Ronka while she was still a skater. What I remember most is her talent, speed and energy on the ice. This is a young woman who competed internationally for Canada including at the 2003 World Junior Figure Skating Championships with the same drive, discipline and determination that defines her life today. After her skating career and university education, she started down the fitness road to help other skaters improve their strength and conditioning.
I had no idea what I was in for when Signe agreed to be interviewed at her Flexafit studio in the Cherry Beach area of Toronto. Signe is an impressive entrepreneur with several different ventures on the go including the travelling Figure Skater Bootcamp program, which goes to various clubs and locations across the city as well as on the road. The Figure Skater Bootcamp program is aimed at helping skaters prevent injuries through strength training. It has been met with huge enthusiasm and success.
As if she didn’t have enough things to fill her time, Signe turned her attention to publishing a magazine devoted to figure skating fitness. Aptly named the Figure Skater Fitness Magazine, it is a quarterly publication which follows a skater’s training cycle. The next issue is due April 4th and subscription information can be found at this link: Figure Skater Fitness Magazine Subscription.
What I appreciated most in this conversation was Signe’s candour and her optimism that I could do a ‘plank’. Not even close, but I was willing to try. When you are coached by someone who believes in you, anything is possible. Signe Ronka – or as I like to say “Force of Nature”. If you want more information about Signe or her programs, check them out on social media.
The Outside Edge is where I highlight videos from across the skating world and bring you a little bonus from somewhere on YouTube or beyond.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to showcase on this week’s Outside Edge until I found a Signe Ronka video with some Figure Skater Bootcamp off-ice training workout demos. In honour of the World Junior competitors taking the ice this week, I thought it was fitting to show just how far this former World Junior competitor has come and how she has stayed connected to the sport she loves.
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