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07-26-2008, 11:00 PM
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Skate Weights

Has anyone tried skate weights? I hear they are good for conditioning. But I would like to get a few more opinins before I buy them. Are they good for your kness? Thanks for any info.

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From what I've heard, they end up doing more harm than good. You end up high stepping and messing up your stride once the weights are off.

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I have skate weights, they are only effective really if you doing alot of skating in practice, and its not to great to stop with them on, I always hear a weird noise and its a rougher stop (hard to describe) I usually go to public skate and do laps with them on in opposed to a practice where I might need to do positional practice as well and the weights make it weirder.

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If you are after conditioning and have rollerblades, find a steep hill somewhere and do laps up & down. I'm in Vancouver, so no shortage of those here.

There's a quiet block near my house that I found to be perfect. Doing a circuit around it is great: flat-uphill-flat-downhill.

Just watch for traffic and be careful on the downswing.

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Does it make you faster ? I'm in Vancouver too and I know what you mean, I have a steep hill 10 seconds to my left lol.

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From what I've heard, they end up doing more harm than good. You end up high stepping and messing up your stride once the weights are off.
Exactly.

You'll just end up modifying your stride to compensate for the weights, and ultimately end up slow, awkward, or simply fall down a lot.

Build your muscular strength doing squats and other resistance exercises, and leave skating for working on speed, agility, balance and technique.


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Exactly.

You'll just end up modifying your stride to compensate for the weights, and ultimately

Build your muscular strength doing squats and other resistance exercises, and leave skating for working on speed, agility, balance and technique.
This sums it up perfectly

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Does it make you faster ? I'm in Vancouver too and I know what you mean, I have a steep hill 10 seconds to my left lol.
I'm not an expert, so I can only offer opinion. Not expertise.

It's definitely good for cardio and conditioning. Gets me sweating pretty quickly.

Faster? Hard to say, but I think there'd be some benefit. Similar idea to skating with parachutes or on those inclined treadmills. It gives more resistance so you have to push yourself harder. It definitely works the leg muscles and the lungs.

As my power skating coach points out, first priority should be on making sure you have proper technique. You might waste a ton of energy if your stride isn't good and won't have the same acceleration. Getting strong and in perfect shape is second.



Not hockey related, but they had a NFL documentary playing on TV a few years ago. They talked about how unstoppable Walter Payton was with his speed and power. Part of the segment on him they talked about how he would run up steep hills to develop his power.

http://www.ahpd.org/NKGC/geninfo.htm

"Walter Payton's Hill
In the 1970s and 80s, the landfill site on Kennicott (now Nickol Knoll) was used by Chicago Bear football legend, Walter Payton, for training. A resident of Arlington Heights at that time, Payton ran the 92-foot elevation sometimes 20 times a day, often accompanied by friends and teammates. The site was know as "Payton's Hill" long after the football player was no longer training."

92ft x 20 times = 200 stories.

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Just hit the gym and works on legs.

I doubt skate weights is a good thing.



Its not like baseball where you loosen up then hit a ball. Your skating all game, not for 5 seconds like hitting in baseball.


I wouldnt recommend it. Just go to the gym.

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I went rollerblading along the seawall on the long weekend. Coming from down at Kits beach uphill to Broadway was a good lower body workout.

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