Muscle Strengthening with Yann Guyader 01: Keeping the skating stance

Good performances in speed skating are the results of several factors: a good equipment, a good technique, and of course a good physical condition! Keeping a good skating stance is one of the major points. Yann Guyader presents a few improvement drills…

Keeping a compact skating stance

Aim of the drill

Keeping the stance as low as you can, the aim being to improve your resistance to lactic and keep a compact and low stance despite the pain. It will also enable you to get a bigger push amplitude. This drill is a good core strengthener too, since you have to keep your abs strained the whole time.


The drill should last between 30 sec and 2 min without break.

Stimulated muscle groups:

  • Quadriceps
  • Hamstrings
  • Calves
  • Anterior tibial muscle (shin)

Useful links

#00 Introduction

#01 Keeping the skating stance

#02 Reinforcing the push phase

#03 Bringing the leg back after the push

#04 Squatting on skates

#05 One-leg flexing

#06 Dynamic work for pushes

#07 Arm moves

#08 Lateral leaps

#09 Bringing the skate back with tonicity

#10 Jump series

#11 Static cross-overs

#12 Static cross-overs with straight leg

#13 Lateral leaps with progressive forwards motion

#14 Muscle reinforcement – General conclusion


By Alfathor
Photos: Alfathor
Thanks to Yann Guyader and Bio Rider Nature
Translation: Chloe Seyres 


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