As we enter into our 4th year of offering skating treadmill training, more and more players are working their way through the levels and find themselves in the Collegiate series. Starting with the Collegiate Level 1, the curriculum includes a test every 12 workouts. This test is called the Stride Count test, and it measures several different things.

For the test, the player skates at a 16% incline at a speed of 10 mph. Two measurements are taken. 1) The player is timed to see how long they can skate, and 2) the number of strides he/she takes is also recorded. (This is identical to the more commonly known 10/10 test performed on running treadmills)

The amount of time that a player can last is dependent on several factors:

  1. form and technique
  2. anaerobic endurance
  3. leg strength

So players who are able to last for a longer duration usually have better form and technique, but may also have more leg strength, and better anaerobic endurance than a player who cannot skate as long. The idea of course, is to improve in all 3 of these areas if possible, which should lead to a better test score the second time the test is taken.

The stride count (total number of strides taken during the timed test) is dependent on two factors:

  1. form and technique
  2. leg strength

The idea is to take the fewest strides possible, i.e., demonstrate an ability to produce power and force with each stride causing the player to make longer and fewer strides. A short choppy stride will drive the stride count number way up, a longer more powerful stride will drive the number down.

Ideally then, we are looking for the stride count number to be DOUBLE OR LESS than the time that the player was able to skate. For instance, if a player lasts 30 seconds, a “perfect” corresponding stride count would be 60. Most players have a stride count slightly higher, like 65 or 70, because the last few seconds of the test the player is fatigued and forced to sprint.

As the player continues their skating treadmill training, the duration (time) results of the test should increase, and the stride count should decrease. For 90% of the players this is what we see, suggesting that the training done on the treadmill is in fact producing the desired results of longer more powerful strides, increased anaerobic endurance, and increased leg strength.

Current Stride Count Records (as of June 9, 2014)

Male 49 seconds / 98 strides
Female 22 seconds / 56 strides