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12-03-2011, 01:01 AM
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Before you spend hours practicing, get some instruction to make sure you are skating properly. Proper body position, proper strides and proper use of your edges. If you don't know how to do it right, you're just reinforcing bad habits and wasting your time. Get some lessons, including some of the basic edge and slide drills and do them. Then you will get better.

Most new skaters stand up too straight and don't bend into a proper power skating position, which makes it harder to balance, which in turn makes it harder to do everything on the ice. I harp on this with the kids I coach.

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