Just Starting: Tips or exercises for strengthening ankles
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06-23-2009, 08:02 PM
Join Date: Nov 2003
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Thanks everybody for your help. I hit another open skate at lunch, and am slowly coming to the conclusion that I may have jumped into everything too quickly. I paid specific attention to a lot of the suggestions in here, and was skating just fine for the first 15-20 minutes, then lost all strength. I think my skating muscles are all just flat out sore. I went from not skating to going to 3 open skates a week plus lessons, and I think my ankles are more just fatigued than anything.
I kept pushing myself harder and harder because I want this so much, and wasn't giving my body time to recover. I kept thinking, "I just need to skate more, I'll get better" and while that is true over time, it doesn't mean all in the same week. Going to take some time and recover let the new muscles I've never used before grow, and then see how things go.
Seriously did you try the tape? It will add support, preferably secondary support (good skates may do this better, but this is a much, much cheaper experiment) and allow you to skate for more than 15-20 minutes three times a week. Learning to skate is more than just strengthening your ankles.
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