Using a parachute for speed skating training

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Silas Sport release their new training card for speed skating with the use of a parachute. Whether you are one or two, this kit will enable you to specifically work on power and improve your skating technique…

Working on your speed and power on skates with a parachute

Using a parachute for speed skating training


Sila CoachingGet the SILA Parachute on the website of the brand — where you can also find all the technical details. This 48 inches parachute adapts to suit all skaters, tall or small. It is just as suitable for powerful seniors as for U15 developing girls.


Reducing your reaction time:

  • Improving your technical efficiency at the start
  • Improving your top speed thanks to better weight bearing and transfer, and developed muscle power
  • Working on your speed in a fun way
  • Improving your core strength with the use of the parachute

Why doing resistance speed training?

Vue du pied droit en poussée en carre interneWorking on the quality of your weight bearings and transfers

Because of the resistance exerted by the parachute, your weight bearings should be more efficient than usual in order to generate and/or keep a high speed.

Diagram of a right foot on the inside edge while pushing >>

The key to good weight bearing

  • Brief
  • Strong (maximal)
  • Under the hip

Developing your muscle power

Muscles sollicités par l'utilisation du parachuteThe resistance exerted by the parachute loads the concerned muscle groups even more than usual. It is specific workout, done while skating.

Of course, other muscle groups also come into play during the action of skating. This very simplified diagram shows the main muscle groups activated while skating.

Main muscle groups:


  • Quadriceps
  • Adductors
  • Gluteus Maximus (buttocks)

Specific core workout

Because of the air rushing into the sail of the parachute, the latter may slightly move sideways in the back of the skater.

In order to resist those moves, the skater has to stay strong and with toned core muscles. It is a good means to work on your core strength and quality on skates.

The core muscle group is made of the rectus abs (center) and the oblique abs (sides).


  • Back
  • Lumbar muscles (lower back)
  • Front
  • Rectus abdominis
  • Oblique abdominis


Les muscles sollicités lors du gainage

Working on your speed in a fun way

Without looking for a scientific interest to that practice, it is true that resistance speed training with a parachute is not common and quite original. It may help break a certain monotony.

1-skater drills with a parachute

Standing start

Le parachute SilaGo for a standing start on approx. 50 m with a resistance generated by the SILA parachute.

Main focuses:


  • Quality of weight bearings
  • Speed ability
  • Muscle power


This drill can be done alone, placing the parachute on the ground, on your right or your left.

However, a second skater can hold the parachute, already stretched, for a faster -and consequently more efficient- tensioning.



  • Against-the-clock starts, 300m-like.
  • Whistle starts, 500m-like.
  • Varying the start distance
  • Taking times, even with a parachute, to compare them


Rolling speed-up

With rolling speed-ups, you focus on your ability to keep your maximum speed. In this drill you fight against the parachute’s resistance for a distance of 50 to 200 m.

Main focuses:


  • Quality of weight bearings
  • Keeping of your maximum speed
  • Muscle power
  • Quality of specific core strength


The skater holds the parachute in their hand and release it at the point defined by the coach. You can work in corners, straight lines, U turns or complete turns.



  • Releasing the parachute before or after the corner according to your training focuses
  • Taking times, even with a parachute, to compare them
  • After 50 m of heaving, detach the belt and keep on accelerating on the last 50 m.

Seul avec un parachute


Drills with 1 parachute per skater

Utilisation du parachute seul ou à deuxAll the 1-skater drills can also be done with 2 skaters, in order to put them in direct competition with each other. Choose two skaters of same level to do one-on-one match races.

A few extra tips

Whatever you do, make sure that the two skaters are far enough apart not to tangle their parachutes during the drills. For rolling speed-ups, limit drills with 2 equipped skaters!

In that case, favor match races with both skaters at a distance, like chases.


  • Make sure you are warmed up enough before using the parachutes
  • Do a few starts and accelerations without resistance
  • Vary situations of use: resistance speed in a straight line, in a corner, in a U-turn
  • Finish your session with active cool down
  • You can allow your skaters to speak in the pack for group cohesion after an individual session.


The pluses of SILA Sports

– The SILA parachute kit is available on

– Not enough resistance with one parachute? Add a second one to the same belt with the snap hook system.

– After a good warm-up, resistance speed corresponds to the theme of a complete session! We would advise the repetition of a dozen sprints with resistance per session max.

Useful links

Sila Coaching

The Learning section of Speed Skating on OLS

Download the SILA Coaching Concept presentation card

Download this training card in pdf

By Sila Sport
Translation: Chloe Seyres
Photos: Sila Sport


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