Meet Coach Crystal

I am a firm believer that movement is for the whole family. The goals we set will change throughout our life. Being athletic will allow us to feel strong, flexible and balanced for all of the things you enjoy doing in life with your friends and family! I creatively fuse my athletic training, figure skating and dance background together to create a workout that is challenging, fun and helps you achieve your fitness goals. My motto is "learning through fun and encouragement!"

I grew up in the Midwest (Minnesota/ Wisconsin) ice skating outside in the winters and canoeing down the St. Croix River in the summers. I've been coaching since 1996 and I am currently sharing my passion of athletic movement with my clients with virtual training sessions as well as in person in the Philadelphia area. My clients range from 18 months to 80+ years of age. You can learn with your child/partner or you can learn individually. Younger children will be able to draw on the ice and play fun fitness games to get comfortable. Advanced athletes will get specific training to develop their skills to achieve their goals. Adults will get a great workout while learning at their own pace and staying young at heart. I enjoy developing grass roots athletes into high level athletes through client retention. Each client's process is different and equally supported. 

As a figure skating coach, I have successfully developed skaters from Learn to Skate through National Competitors. A USFS National Competitor, ISI Worlds Medalist and toured with Holiday on Ice in Europe. I specialize in Freestyle, Moves in the field, Synchronized Skating, Theater on Ice, Power Skating (figure and hockey) and Off-Ice Cross Training. 

I thrive on bringing people together and cultivating a community. The clients are the reason I love what I do! I continue to educate myself through continuing education so that I can continue learn and grow with my clients.

Education

  • BS in Kinesiology: emphasis on Exercise and Movement Sciences with a concentration on Neuromuscular Science 

  • Dance Aerobic and Fitness Certified 

  • Trained Pilates instructor through Balanced Body
    University (EHS), Rocksalt Pilates and Pilates Suspension Method Foundation
    (PSM: Foundation/2.0) 

  •  TRX Qualified (FTC/ STC/GTC) 

Continuing Education

  • LSF Pilates Workshop Creative contemporary pilates reformer workshop with Shirah Perry (Feb 2019)

  • Club Pilates Collegeville Bone Health (Oct 2019)

  • Club Pilates Conshohocken TRX Supension Method  (Feb 2020)

  • LSF Pilates Workshop on Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, full body stretches on the Cadillac, shoulder/hips/knees dysfunction and ROM tests, tips to make movement comfortable for fearful clients (April 2020)

  • Core to Coeur Workshops on Digital Marketing, Inclusive Class Culture, Dynamic & Creative Classes, Tech & Troubleshooting Hacks, Hacking Social Media, Retain those students (April-June 2020)

  • Pilates Evolution Workshop with Tiffany Burke (May 2020)

  • Pilates Suspension Method 3.0 (June 2020)

  • Momentum Fest (June 2020)

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Testimonials
  • "Crystal works great with kids, she knows how to motivate them, and is very effective at getting her students to progress in their skating skills. She also teaches her students to be goal oriented, to think about what they want to do, and what they will need to do to achieve that. Her coaching really does include an additional level of mentoring that goes beyond the technical skating instruction. I feel that my daughter is also learning some important life-skills from Crystal. Crystal is also very punctual, professional, and easy for the parents to work with. She gives me regular updates on my daughters progress, and communicates effectively regarding schedules and events." -Bill Enloe

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  • “Crystal has been a wonderful coach and mentor to my daughter. We meet Crystal on a weekly basis and have done so for the past year. She is always professional, helpful and friendly. Crystal's firm yet kind coaching style is beyond compare, she has tried multiple strategies for working with my daughter and her unique personality. She is the most approachable non-pretentious skate coach I have met to date and I look forward to watching my ice skater develop under her guidance."          -Jennifer Botts

  • "Crystal has been an ice skating coach for my son, 4th grader...My son has become a more confident and focused boy ever since, and his success story is obvious because Crystal is not only a well established skating coach, but also she is very patient and nurturing person, a great teacher. I wholeheartedly recommend Crystal for all aspiring ice skaters."   -Masato Mitsuda

  • “My daughter, Anna, started taking lessons with Coach Crystal when she was 5 years old. By the time she turned 7, she was training with Crystal three times a week because she loved being on the ice so much! Coach Crystal was always very accommodating including Anna’s friends in semi-private lessons and even hosting Anna’s on-ice birthday party! Our family was so sad to see Coach Crystal move out of the Bay Area. If she would have stayed, we would have kept her forever! She is a treasure and works so well with young children. My daughter truly loved and misses her!”        - Lori Bluvas

Phone: (415) 203-3394   
Email: CoachCrystalSmith@gmail.com
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Est. 2001 by Coach Crystal Smith