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How To Do Skaters

Chris Freytag demonstrating Skaters

Skaters is a cardiovascular exercise in which you perform a lateral jump to get your heart rate up, strengthen your legs and improve stability and balance. The strengthening part of this exercise is mostly focused on quads and glutes. However, an added benefit to this move is a strengthening of your medial glute- or the outer thigh. Not only is this a great area to tone, but it also improves knee strength. The cardio part of this exercise comes from the constant movement as you switch your feet back and forth. You’ll have your heart pumping before you know it!

This two-in-one strengthening and cardio exercise is a great functional exercise to add to your routine. Learning how to do Skaters will not only benefit you by toning your lower body—making this a must-do exercise for runners—but you will also be keeping your heart healthy and your metabolism burning those unwanted calories. Cardio—especially high-impact cardio—is necessary to shed fat. Your posture will also benefit from increased core strength. There’s no way you won’t feel the burn with this exercise!


Looking for a way to incorporate Skaters into a more robust routine? Try our 30-Minute Anywhere Bodyweight Workout, which includes Skaters as well as a variety of other strengthening and cardio exercises. This routine requires no equipment and just a little bit of your time to reach your fitness goals!

Here are the steps to performing Skaters:

A) Start with your legs slightly wider than shoulder distance apart and arms at the sides.

B) Bring one leg behind at a slight angle into a reverse lunge. The front knee will come to a 90-degree angle.

C) Swing the arms in front of that bent knee and leap the back leg forward to switch sides in a skating motion. Arms alternate as you switch sides like a speed skater.

Targets: thighs, quads, glutes


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