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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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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ICENETWORK: Aaron prepares for battle by returning to his roots

2013 U.S. CHAMP TRIES TO BOUNCE BACK AFTER MISSING OUT ON OLYMPIC BERTH
A year after narrowly missing the U.S. Olympic team as the reigning national champion, Max Aaron is taking a gladiatorial approach to 2014-15 season. The 2013 U.S. titleholder is unabashed in speaking about his focus on the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. For a start? He'll skate to music from the soundtrack of the movie Gladiator, whose title character so happens to be named Maximus.
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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

"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength."

—Arnold Schwarzenegger, Politician and Actor

WORD OF THE MONTH

"Consistency"

Conformity in the application of something, typically that which is necessary for the sake of logic, accuracy, or fairness.

SYNONYMS: uniformity, constancy, regularity, evenness, steadiness, stability, dependability, reliability

"When a figure skater is able to practice, train and compete at a consistent level, great success usually follows."

SPORTS SCIENCE TIP OF THE MONTH

When teaching on ice power classes consider using power chutes for training speed in team relays. Adding the ingredient of "fun" to the traditional "technique and cardio" power class formats is a welcome change of pace.