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02-15-2011, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Seanconn View Post
you've never seen a beginner essentially making ('s & )'s on the ice with their skates, basically wiggling their butt and going backwards on their inside edges exclusively?

I've seen it enough to know it's the wrong way to skate backwards.

you gotta push off one foot and step back with the other foot, and make sure one foot isn't dominating which can cause some people to skate "sideways" instead of actually backwards.
C cuts are the best way to gain speed going backwards. If you're wiggling side to side with just your upper body you're doing it wrong, yeah, but if you use your legs and feet like you're supposed to it's the way to go.

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