Front end players need strong upper body strength and power to sweep rocks every end, but also need excellent endurance to play several games over the course of multiple games a day, multiple days a week. Back end players also need to be fit, both physically and mentally. The more mentally fit a back end player is, the better they are able to handle the stress and pressure of big competitions consistently.
A team that I personally look up to would be Team Brad Jacobs. Even though they are a mens team, their drive and motivation to stay fit is what inspires me to keep fit as well. It goes without saying that part of their recent Olympic Gold success was due to the amount of time that they spend in the gym.
Although curling may seem easy compared to other high intensity sports, but throwing a 40 pound stone down a sheet of ice to a target takes a great deal of accuracy, precision and athleticism.
Stay tuned for more posts about specific workouts, exercises and tips for curlers!
Leah Will is a student-athlete who plans to attend Trent University in 2017 to study nursing. In addition to her experience as a competitive junior player in Ontario, Leah is also a certified fitness trainer. This article, The new found fitness in curling was originally published on on her blog, Leah Will Fitness, and is re-published here with permission.