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04-01-2009, 10:24 AM
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You haven't mentioned balance or traction issues so maybe you know this already but here are my two main tips for beginners:

1. Work toward bending your knees and bending your waist. Many beginners balance only by bending at the waist. Since they're most afraid of falling backward they lean way forward and only see their feet. Bend your knees a little and keep your shoulders back. You'll get better balance and you'll have a better view of the ice around you though your thighs will burn until you're used to it -- they carry more of your weight this way.

2. In order to have a good push off I have to contradict what slapshot723 said in his post -- you push off at a 45-degree angle from your body. Your front foot should point forward . Your pushing foot should be turned 45-degrees, toes out. Bend your front knee and put about 75% of your weight over it, plant your back foot, push off and glide. Now do the same thing on the other side.

Too many novice skaters keep their feet parallel and never get a good push off.

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