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03-12-2012, 05:28 AM
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Man Bear Pig
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I agree with starting out with no stick. I've been skating since I was 3 and took power lessons from age 5 till I was in my teens with the same skating coach who used to teach the Leafs. We all absolutely hated this girl, she basically made it no fun. No pucks, no sticks, bag skating...it was like boot camp but it was well worth it considering I can blow by just about anybody in only a few strides. I think a crucial mistake most beginners make is getting cheap low-end skates. They have absolutely no support in them which causes "bambi" like skating and causes the myth of "ankle-burning" which doesn't really exist 99% of the time. If you can find any adult power skating lessons in your area I suggest going. The more you're on the ice the more you'll improve. Also do some calves and general leg workouts. Get power skating lessons and learn proper technique.

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