MEET THE TEAM

Shannon Rakovsky

Founder & CEO

I’m a professional figure skater, coach, choreographer and personal trainer. I have been skating for 23 years with a little over 10 years of experience coaching skaters of all ages and abilities throughout Arizona (USA), Germany & Finland. I skated professionally and toured throughout Europe for 3 seasons with Holiday on Ice, I'm a USFSA Gold Medalist and a Senior Rated Group Instructor through the Professional Skaters Association. I have a BS degree in nutrition dietetics from Arizona State University and I’m a certified personal trainer & certified performance enhancement specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Like many other skaters, I've had my fair share of ups and downs with this sport. My relationship with skating and health was not always the most positive and I didn't always have a strong community to uplift and support me. This is why I am so passionate to help other skaters who feel like they have lost their passion for skating because of the overwhelming negativity that can be associated with body image and mental health in this sport. I created XSkate Fit for everyone who loves to skate and wants to reconnect with their inner athlete in a positive and encouraging way.

Taylor Rossi, PT, DPT

Instructor 

Taylor is a Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in performing arts, dancers, and figure skaters. She competed nationally and internationally in artistic roller figure skating in the US for 15 years and has over 30 national and international titles.

 

As a physical therapist, she passionate about helping performance athletes prevent injury, optimize performance, and rehab from injuries safely so they come back to their sport or the stage stronger than ever. In the figure skating world, she experienced a lack of knowledge about injury care, conditioning required for the sport, and optimal rest and nutrition to combat overtraining, and she hopes to be part of the solution to help skaters excel.