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Off-Ice Training for Skaters / Re: Planet Fitness - Tips, Suggestions?
« Last post by Query on November 21, 2017, 09:09:35 PM »
If you stay past a certain date, they will hit you with a $39/year extra fee. Also, are the black card services important to you? (They may be if you travel, BTW, because you can go to other Planet Fitness Gyms at no extra charge.) Maybe you can quietly bargain with the manager to get the $99/year prepaid single-facility deal (no sign-up fee) that they probably offer once/year.

Peak time, my Planet Fitness was very crowded, but was fine the rest of the time. Because they are the low end of the price and pay range, they don't get the best trainers. They only do strength training classes (which are free, as are one-on-one sessions with their trainer, if you come during the right hours, though being a coach, maybe you don't need a trainer), not cardio, dance or stretch. Minimal free weight equipment (only two dumbbells of each weight, at the gym I tried, shared by everyone. No swimming pool or hot tub! :( You can't bring in your own trainer or equipment. The mat area, for things like stretching and floor work, is quite limited, and they may not allow fitness clothing that looks too good, or showing off too much in any other way. It may depend a bit on the individual gym, but they nominally kick people out for showing off. I couldn't fit some of the equipment (I'm small), but made due for a while with a few seat cushions - which the trainer authorized me to bring in despite the no-outside-equipment rule.

But compared to most other gyms, they are ridiculously cheap, and the equipment is adequate for most purposes. And with that location, you won't need to pay driving or parking fees, which at many gyms, both far exceed the cost of the gym. There is far less status in visiting Planet Fitness then LA Fitness, etc., if that matters to you. But they have the basics. And once you join, you can get in 24 hours/day, which can be quite convenient working around your skating regimen and other commitments - arguably the best feature.

It is quite possible you will eventually decide you don't need a lot of fancy equipment, and will eventually create a small home gym which has what you really need. But Planet Fitness is a great starting point, at not much money.

See also

Go for the free tour to take a look. The tour costs nothing.

If you join, find a big water bottle that fits in all their machines, because they often don't want them on the floor.

BTW, I switched from their $159/year basic membership to a $300/year Fitness/Swim pass at a county-run aquatics facility with its own fitness center. At my age, it's now $195/year. Not open as many hours, but I love the pool and hot tub, I can bring my own equipment (like a Yoga stretch strap), and I found a first class trainer. If I had hired his help instead of trying to figure out fitness training for myself, I might not have gotten a hernia.

If you join another commercial gym, most do not have a fixed price. They charge whatever they think you can afford, and you may pay 10x what someone else pays for more or less the same thing. Start by asking for a student discount. Say you are a skating student. :) Ask other people what they paid.
Off-Ice Training for Skaters / Planet Fitness - Tips, Suggestions?
« Last post by FigureSpins on November 21, 2017, 07:54:20 PM »
Planet Fitness is opening a new workout center within walking distance of our house.  I usually work out in the fitness center/classes at the rink, but DH doesn't really like it that much.  I'm thinking of trying it out; they're offering $0 down on their Black Card so I could get that and work out at another PF a little further away until ours opens.

Any tips for PF or suggestions regarding workouts and their signups, app, etc.?
The Pro Shop / Re: Jackson Fusion Line Anyone?
« Last post by Sibelius on November 20, 2017, 07:01:49 PM »
I think that's only on the 5XXX boots, Supreme and Elite.  Those carbon soles look pretty nice, this gray sole looks different.  I'll have to wait and see one in person.  I'd sacrifice some style for a little weight reduction and more shock absorption.  Hopefully her fitter will get one in stock soon, he had the first Debut models well before they were released, that's how we knew how stiff they really were.
The Pro Shop / Re: Jackson Fusion Line Anyone?
« Last post by amy1984 on November 20, 2017, 05:39:31 PM »
I can't speak to these specifically but I can tell you that in general the new Jackson sole is carbon fiber with a layer of rubber.
The Pro Shop / Jackson Fusion Line Anyone?
« Last post by Sibelius on November 20, 2017, 02:36:58 PM »
Just looked at the Jackson website and saw they have a new subcategory of boots and skates with a new sole.  Called the Fusion line.  They offer the look of the Debut (nickel hooks, crystals) in the Elle and Freestyle skate/blade models, as well as a new softer Debut Std. (same stiffness as the Freestyle) and a Debut Firm, both boot only.  I asked some coaches a bit ago and all said the Debut was MUCH too stiff for my little skater, so maybe they found they needed to soften it up a bit.

Anyone seen one of these yet?  I've marked my calendar to when I have to order new boots (soon).  I like the idea of a lighter boot for my teeny skater, as well as a boot only option.  The photos are kind of meh, the sole looks like a rubber mat.  From the description that kind of sounds like what it is.  Found a youtube video from Jackson touting it as a lighter, more shock absorbing material.  Frankly it looks like a cost cutter, probably much cheaper than the LCL they currently use.  I can't find any prices on them yet.

Tried to add a link and a photo but failed.  :-[

The Pro Shop / Re: What size blade for EDEA Ice Fly 260?
« Last post by PrairieSkater13 on November 20, 2017, 12:25:30 PM »
I'm really late answering this but....

I have Ice Flies in size 260 and needed a 9.5" Ultima Legacy blade.

I just switched to the Chorus skate in 260 and have a 9.5" Coronation Ace blade.

Neither skate fit the recommended 9.75" size. I had to wait until my new skates came in before ordering the blade since the Edea recommendation isn't always accurate.
The Pro Shop / Re: Are the blades set correctly?
« Last post by icedancer on November 20, 2017, 12:17:35 PM »
Well this is true that as you get fancier there are more and more details!

Ugh blisters!!

Let us know how it goes once she gets back out there with these blades.
The Pro Shop / Re: Are the blades set correctly?
« Last post by ocug on November 20, 2017, 09:59:31 AM »
Wanted to thank all of you for your valuable input. Took them to another specialist, she centered them and we’ll see how that works for this week.. her coach thinks they need to be a bit off centered inside but to do back spins this week and footwork and see how they feel.
She did get a big blister when. The blades were too inside maybe because the pressure of staying centered while skating made it happen or maybe just because the boots are new... though that had never happened again.
I wasn’t aware of all it took to get the blades positioned right! Before these skates, she’s gotten the boot and blades already mounted by whoever we bought it from and they worked well from the start! Guess that’s what happens when we try to get fancier :P
Will post blades when done with the job
Happy thanksgiving everyone!
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Do most U.S. rinks beong to USIRA?
« Last post by Query on November 19, 2017, 08:09:30 PM »
I recently saw a copy of Rink magazine, put out by the U.S. Ice Rink Association

which says it is a joint venture of the USFS[A] and USA Hockey.

Do most U.S. rinks belong to it, or is it mostly just a professional organization for some rink managers? Are rinks running USFSA and/or USA Hockey programs required to join? Do most ISI affiliated rinks belong?

The magazine deals with rink management, rather than teaching skating, or providing equipment to individual skaters. For example, there are ads for rental ice skates and supplies and equipment to maintain the ice.

They run an annual conference, NARCE (North American Rink Conference & Expo) which includes classes and trade shows.

The Pro Shop / Re: Am I overbooting?
« Last post by amy1984 on November 19, 2017, 07:39:31 PM »
I know a few people who have gone from Risport to Edea without problem.  I don't imagine you'd have an issue.  I've seen little kids in those boots and if you're a fully grown adult it should be fine.
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