Everyone has an on ice warmup. Those of you who are younger may just be able to step on the ice and do a few strokes, then do some jumps and spins. Not me. I have to actually do both an off ice and an on ice warmup. I've written about the off ice warmup elsewhere. This is about the on ice warmup.
I start out with stroking around the rink twice, doing double knee bend stroking. This is where you stroke onto the outside edge, with a deep kneebend, then rise upward, and as you drop down again, stroke into a deep kneebend onto the right outside edge. If my legs are still cold I do another round.
Next I do alternating crossovers. This is just crossovers down the rink the first set CW, then the next set CCW, The first couple of sets are clunky, but once they're smooth, I add a strong underpush complete with the toepick being the last part of the blade off the ice (The Twinkle Toes Maneuver) and a strong free foot extension to the rear.
I'm now on exercise 3--outside swing rolls. I like to get strong shoulder action here, and after one or two sets, I really start to work on getting the extension of the free leg as high as I can both forward and back.
When I'm happy with that, I switch to inside swingrolls which I'm finally comfortable with.
One of the things I haven't mentioned is that I work on starting from a stop for all exercises without favoring either leg as a starting leg. My right leg is my power leg, and it's my prefered starting leg. However, I make myself alternate legs as the initiating legs for all exercises. I think favoring one leg is a real beginner skater habit, and I'm trying to break it.
After the exercises down the sides, I usually do inside and outside edges across the rink a few times, and then take a stab at both outside and inside figure 8's.
If I have time I do some chasse's down the rink and work on my power. Finally, some 3 turns and mohawks, aiming for smoothness and elegance,
In all these exercises I work on positioning of my upper body, and my extension.
Nothing spectacular here. I'm a beginner skater and I spend time working on beginner things: edge control, power, finesse, and posture. I'd like to add alternating back crossovers and power 3's, but in midwinter, the rink is just to crowded to go backwards without a spotter.
This warmup is long because of my age. I know you youngsters don't have to do long warmups, but I think everyone benefits by establishing a warm up program with set goals and objectives. Mine will change, and as soon as the crowds go away, I'll make some adjustments to mine.