Our Success, Our Team

Each individual on our team has a passion for figure skating and fitness. We are dedicated to helping skaters reach new heights in their training and performance!

SIGNE RONKA

Founder / Head Coach

Signe Ronka is NCCP Level 3 Certified- National Competitive Coach, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Personal Trainer Specialist (PTS) and holds an honour BA from the University of Toronto (Trinity College).  Signe competed for Canada in the Junior Grand Prix circuit where she medalled at 3 international events.  She qualified for the Junior Grand Prix finals and competed at the Junior World Championships.  Signe is a Canadian Junior Ladies bronze medalist and finished top 10 in Senior ladies.

She has won multiple awards:

  • “Own the Podium 2010” Funding Award (2006),
  • Bank of Montreal “Possibilities” Award (2002),
  • 2002 Junior Female Athlete of the Year Finalist, 30th Annual Canadian Sport Awards,
  • Elvis Stojko Bursary,
  • Toller Cranston Bursary Award (2000, 2001, 2002),
  • Underhill/Martini “Hopes & Dreams”
  • Petro-Canada Olympic Torch Scholarship (2002–03, 2003–04)
  • University of Toronto Athlete of the Year (2007)

Signe has 10+ years of experience coaching at the Granite Club, East York Skating Club and Richmond Training Centre. She coaches skaters on the ice from Canskate to Senior competitive. Signe has choreographed multiple programs from the STAR 1-5 level to Senior competitive as well as interpretive.

Signe is the founder of a sport specific fitness program, FLEXAFIT- Figure Skater Bootcamp, designed to help skaters prevent injuries and improve performance on the ice.  The program incorporates strength & conditioning, agility & speed, power & fast twitch, balance & stability and flexibility & mobility training.  She travels around the world teaching skaters her off-ice program.  She released a DVD “Reach New Heights“, which incorporates sport specific off-ice training, off-ice jump exercises and conditioning drills.  (www.flexafit.com)

Signe is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Figure Skater Fitness, a quarterly magazine that takes a scientific approach to sport specific training on topics of fitness, nutrition, injury prevention, mental training, glamour and more. (www.figureskaterfitness.com)

Signe is also a member of Skate Canada Hall of Fame and Heritage Committee.

Locations:

  • Flexafit Studio
  • Richmond Training Centre
  • Skate Oakville
  • Milton Skating Club

MARTHA WEIZMAN

Flexaballet, Flexastretch & Flexafusion Dance Instructor

Martha formerly trained with the National Ballet of Canada and continued her dance career with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. After many years her career began to shift to ballroom dancing and is now a competitor of dancesport. Having taught in many studios and fitness facilities in Toronto her ballet classes, ballroom styling and her unique Deep Flow Stretch classes have been in high demand. Martha has taught as a private coach to many top athletes to improve their performance in sport and loves to share her skills, creative thinking, performance techniques and her endless passion at the Flexafit studio.

Locations:

  • Flexafit Studio

OLGA KORSAK

Figure Skater Bootcamp & Dance Fusion Instructor

Olga Korsak is a former figure skater, Latvian champion, represented Latvia in the European and World Championships, and won gold at the Baltic States Winter Olympic Games in 2008. After finishing her competitive career, she moved to Toronto. Olga has a Bachelor degree in Dance Stage productions/Fitness. She is a Certified Fitness instructor and is a certified Figure Skater Bootcamp instructor. Besides teaching dance and fitness part time, Olga is also a musician and actress. She released her first CD Behind Closed Doors in June 2014.

Locations:

  • Skate Oakville
  • Streetsville Meadowvale Figure Skating Club
  • Flexafit Studio

MICHELLE LONG

Figure Skater Bootcamp Instructor

Michelle is a member of the Canadian National Figure Skating team after placing 5th at the 2016 Canadian National Championships.  Michelle is a certified Figure Skater Bootcamp instructor.

Locations:

  • Unionville Figure Skating Club
  • Leaside Skating Club
  • Richmond Hill Skating Club

ALLY HORNSBY

Figure Skater Bootcamp Instructor

Ally is a former competitive skater from Streestville Meadowvale Figure Skating club where she skated for 8 years.  Ally has performed professionally in numerous international shows for 10 years, as well as a professional aerialist for the last 3 years. She has 6 years synchro experience and 4 years adagio pair skating experience.
Ally has a passion for designing and creating skating dresses. Ally enjoys training in the circus arts, flying trapeze, and anything to test her own personal limits! And she loves pushing others to do the same!
Ally is a certified Figure Skater Bootcamp instructor.

Locations:

CASSANDRA ABLACK

Figure Skater Bootcamp Instructor

Cassandra skates with Nexxice Senior team.  She is a certified Figure Skater Bootcamp instructor.

Locations:

  •  North Toronto

ALYSSA WISE

Figure Skater Bootcamp Instructor

NPTI certification
National pairs competitor (1999-2001)
National singles competitor (2002-2005)
10 years Professional skater

Alyssa is a certified Figure Skater Bootcamp instructor.

Locations:

  • Skate Oakville
  • Milton Skating Club
  • Burlington Skating Centre
  • Streetsville Meadowvale Figure Skating Club

RACHEL MICAY

Figure Skater Bootcamp Instructor

Bachelor of Kinesiology
MSc Candidate, University of Toronto
Concussion Researcher, David L. MacIntosh Sports Medicine Clinic
NCCP Certified Skate Canada Coach

Rachel is a certified Figure Skater Bootcamp instructor since 2013.

Locations:

KAITLYN SIMS

Figure Skater Bootcamp Instructor

Kaitlyn is a certified Figure Skater Bootcamp instructor

Locations:

  • Flexafit Studio
  • Leaside Skating Club

MEGAN WALKER

Figure Skater Bootcamp Instructor

Megan skated for 15 years with the Milton Skating Club where she was on their Competitive team, as well as, their StarSkate team. Megan went to Skate Canada Challenge at the Pre-Novice and Novice levels. She was also the Gold Ladies Freeskate Champion and was named Central Ontario’s StarSkate Athlete of the Year. Throughout her skating career, Megan has performed in numerous ice shows and participated in many seminars and training camps.

Megan is a certified Figure Skater Bootcamp instructor

Locations:

  • Skate Oakville

JENNIFER PETEM

Figure Skater Bootcamp Instructor

Hometown: Brockville.  Degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour BA at McMaster University.

Jennifer has competed in Junior ladies at Canadian Nationals as well as represented McMaster university varsity figure skating team from 2012-2016. Currently working as a rehabilitation facilitator for individuals with acquired brain injury services.

Jennifer is a certified Figure Skater Bootcamp instructor

Locations:

  • Skate Oakville
  • Burlington Skating Centre

DANIELLE MCEWAN

Figure Skater Bootcamp Instructor

Danielle has been a competitive figure skater for 15 years representing various clubs including: Schomberg Skating Club and Newmarket Skating Club with Judy Coalter, Richmond Training Centre with Bob Emerson and Nobleton Skating Club with Lynda Downey.  Danielle has passed  Gold Skating Skills, Gold Interpretive Singles, Gold Dance and Gold Free Skating.
Danielle was active in martial arts, equestrian, and ultimate frisbee throughout high school. In university, she trained for two half-marathons and spent three years practicing hot yoga. Other interests – powerlifting.
Danielle is a Certified Club Coach (CanSkate) with both the Nobleton Skating Club (October 2012) and the Schomberg Skating Club (September 2015).

Danielle is a certified Figure Skater Bootcamp instructor

Locations:

  • Skate Canada Brampton-Chinguacousy

Clubs We Train At

Are you a skating coach or club director looking to start an off-ice program for your skating club? Inquire today about having Figure Skater Bootcamp come to your club.

Our Story

How did Figure Skater Bootcamp begin?

Over the many years of competing, Signe often had to withdraw from competitions due to injuries, which ultimately ended her career. She spent most of her hours on the ice and very little time in the gym. At the time, fitness training was not considered a big part of her routine.

After Signe retired from the competitive world of figure skating, she started to spend most of her hours training in the gym. She loved fitness so much that she decided to study further and learn all about the fitness world, she is CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. As she was learning about different techniques and methods of training, she started believing more and more that fitness training is the key to a successful, injury-free athlete. This is when Figure Skater Bootcamp was born.

Figure Skater Bootcamp was founded in 2010, with the goal to help figure skaters achieve ultimate strength through fitness training in order to prevent injuries and maximize individual potential on the ice. Signe provides specialized fitness training for figure skaters of all levels to help achieve peak performance on the ice. By progressing through each stage of the program skaters build confidence and the feeling of being a packaged skater.

  • Balance & Coordination

    Balance and Coordination is the foundation to all exercises performed in fitness and sports. It is important to be well trained in this area in order to maximize the proper execution of exercises and decrease the chance of injury. Participants will learn exercises and techniques to enhance better balance and coordination, which will be applied to each of the following phases of the method.

  • Mobility & Flexibility

    This phase of training focuses on not only flexibility of the muscles but the ability to have proper range of motion in the joints in order to perform exercises efficiently and effectively. Participants will learn exercises to increase range of motion in the joints, which will then be applied to more challenging exercises in the next phase of training.

  • Strength & Conditioning

    Balance and Coordination is the foundation to all exercises performed in fitness and sports. It is important to be well trained in this area in order to maximize the proper execution of exercises and decrease the chance of injury. Participants will learn exercises and techniques to enhance better balance and coordination, which will be applied to each of the following phases of the method.

In 2012, Signe released her first DVD, “Reach New Heights”, which has sold hundreds of copies worldwide, teaching the fundamentals to sport specific training for figure skaters.

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How was Flexafit inspired?

In 2013, Signe created the Flexafit Methodology of training after years of experimenting and studying various forms of fitness training. The Flexafit Methodology is a 3-Part System, which includes Strength & Conditioning, Balance & Coordination and Mobility & Flexibility training. This method was inspired bytraining done for figure skaters, but has now extended further to apply for everyone. This method will help build a confident, well-rounded individual. Signe believes you don’t have to be an athlete to train like one.

The Flexafit Studio

We were proud to open our first Flexafit Studio in the spring of 2013. Our studio is located in the heart of the Toronto Film District Area, in the historic Munition Factory building. It is a spacious studio with natural lighting, hardwood floors, mirrors, ballet barres, professional sound system, and high performance equipment (plyometrics boxes, TRX system, Bosu/Swiss balls, hurdles, ladders, weight rack etc.).