Thread: Advice: beginner's skating
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10-09-2013, 11:31 AM
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beginner's skating

So I had my first skating lesson today. Guy gave me some pretty good tips on how to build a solid foundation, e.g. to get good balance, practice transferring your weight from one leg to the other. Lift the rear leg without pushing backwards, and then balance on the flat edge of the lead skate for as long you can.

Here's what my problem is: I can balance on my left skate (going forwards) for around 10 seconds, but can barely manage 2 seconds with the right skate. Also, when practicing snow plough stops (he said I'd have to master these before even trying hockey stops), I can only use my left skate to stop - my right skate just refuses to cooperate. When I practice 'shaving' the ice in a stationary position, my left skate can make a tidy little pile of ice, while my right just kinda bites into it, no matter how I angle it or how much force I apply.

The instructor told me that it was simply a matter of my left leg being stronger than my right, and that my right would catch up through constant practice, but I was wondering if you guys had any hints or tips that might help.


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