How to do Skaters

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Difficulty: Medium

Impact Level: High

Target Body Parts: upper back, lower back, calves, glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps


Before you start make sure you have space either side of you to be able to jump side to side.

Start by crouching down on your left leg, lifting your right leg out behind you and reaching down and across to touch your left foot with your right hand.

Then jump sideways off your left foot and land on your right foot, bending your knee to absorb the impact. As you jump pull your right arm back by your side and reach across and down with your left arm to touch your right foot. Pause here to make sure you are balanced and ready to jump from your right foot across to your left foot to return to the start position.

Keep leaning forward to a 45 degree angle with your upper body during your sideways jumps. Imagine you are a speed skater powering from one foot to the other.

How to make Skaters easier

For less intense, lower impact side to side options try our Side Shuffle and Step Touch exercises.

How to make Skaters more challenging

As you grow more confident and stronger with this exercise increase the distance that you travel sideways with your jumps. Also check out our Side Hops exercise for a slightly more intense progression.

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