COACHING TIPS

Tom Z's Coaching Tips are a resource center providing tools to help skaters and anyone else interested in maximizing their training and athlete development process. Useful information is provided in such areas as:
• Periodization
• Goal Setting
• Specific jump exercises
• Agility   • Speed
• Coordination and timing drills

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Steadfast in his beliefs to use sports science to educate and train his skaters, Tom Zakrajsek is a passionate and committed award winning figure skating coach who knows how to achieve Olympic results. If you would like to speak one-on-one with Tom, he has limited openings each month to schedule a private call with interested coaches, parents and skaters*. These confidential calls provide in-depth access to tackle your most challenging issues.

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JOIN CLUB Z

Club Z gives you immediate access to a deeper level of knowledge to find the champion within. Fast forward your training with access to tips for improving technique with your jumps, spins, and transitions. Learn strategies to compete under pressure while gaining more focus and confidence. Tom Zakrajsek's Club Z is packed with resources for gaining excellence in your performance. Become a member of the club.

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Zhou on the Comeback Trail After Injury, Academic Break

THREE-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPION PRACTICING TRIPLE AXEL UNDER TUTELAGE OF ZAKRAJSEK
After missing the last two seasons, Vincent Zhou is back on competitive ice, in a new place, with a new coach. The 2013 U.S. junior champ moved to Colorado Springs in early May to train with Tom Zakrajsek.
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Freezer Aerial Figure Skating Challenge

New Jump Event Created with First-ever Back Flip Competition:
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The Manley Woman Skate Cast: Episode #78: Tom Zakrajsek

July 2014 - An interview with Tom Zakrajsek. Tom competed in Men’s Singles and Pairs, then became a judge. But he’s made the biggest impact as a coach.

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

John Wooden smiling

"Next to love, balance is the most important thing."

—John Wooden

WORD OF THE MONTH

"BALANCE"

bal·ance

noun
1.
an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.
"slipping in the mud but keeping their balance"
synonyms: stability, equilibrium, steadiness, footing
"I tripped and lost my balance"

verb

2.
keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall.
"a mug that she balanced on her knee"
synonyms: steady, stabilize, poise, level
"she balanced the book on her head"

SPORTS SCIENCE TIP OF THE MONTH

Skate Guard for Step Sequence Balance and Alignment from Coach Tom Z on Vimeo.

Developing proper balance and alignment is very important. In the past I had my students use a hockey puck, but try this on-ice exercise with a skate guard as demonstrated by 2013 US Intermediate Ladies Champion Tessa Hong. It definitely helps to heighten skaters' awareness of their bodies.