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01-11-2009, 09:49 AM
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Slide board training

Any one use a slide board for off ice workouts? Are they beneficial or a waste? seems like sliding around the kitchen in socks.

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I made one for my son because he skated with a short stride. It really helped him lenghten his stride and push with power. It's an exagerated stride so it's not like recreating skating but it made him bring his feet back together so he could maximize his stride length.

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It's much more slippery than your kitchen floor -- there are cloth booties that you wear over your sneakers so there's extra glide. Plus, they suggest you use a furniture polish on it regularly.

I have one but mostly I shoot off it because it's a nice slick surface. The few times I've used it as a slide board I've been winded after a minute. It's a good aerobic workout and will help improve your lateral agility as well as your stride. What's more, you need to keep your upper body balanced to avoid falling so there's a good core exercise.

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I made one for my son because he skated with a short stride. It really helped him lenghten his stride and push with power. It's an exagerated stride so it's not like recreating skating but it made him bring his feet back together so he could maximize his stride length.
Then depending on how old your son is, have him strap on some ankle weights.
That will help build up that inter thigh muscle for that stride.

Plus, if you can get a stick handling board that is wide as your stride board, use a stick and puck when you push from side to side. One of the things that this will teach him is NO upper body movement in this stride. This will be good for deking and puck control while he moves laterally from side to side.

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Glad to see this thread, I've been thinking about slide boards too.

Steelhead16, what kind of material did you use to make yours?
Do you think the homemade board works as well as just buying one?

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Glad to see this thread, I've been thinking about slide boards too.

Steelhead16, what kind of material did you use to make yours?
Do you think the homemade board works as well as just buying one?
Well, I made a couple out of dry erase marker board that you can find at Home Depot. I recommend that you use some plywood and some 2x4's at each end to sandwich the ends together. Then use 2x4's as spacers underneath the the 1 inch plywood so it doesn't bow.

Use some panel glue to hold the Dry eraser board to the plywood. Once you have the dry eraser board mounted, then use the 2x4's at the end on both sides. The bottom 2x4 is the base support and the top 2x4 as the foot push off. Plus, this allows you to screw through both to hold all of this stuff together.

If you like, wrap the top one with some fabric and place some sponges underneath the fabric for cushion. This way when you push off, it would be so hard on your foot.

I use mine with just socks. The furniture cleaner works pretty good with your socks on. But if you can find a Dry Erase board cleaner, it would be better. generally you can find it at a place like Staples.

If you want some plans, PM me and I will send them to you.

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Thanks, coach. Some good info here, I appreciate it. PM is on the way, plans would be great.

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Glad to see this thread, I've been thinking about slide boards too.

Steelhead16, what kind of material did you use to make yours?
Do you think the homemade board works as well as just buying one?

I used some Marlite over plywood. I also put 2 x4's for the curbs on the sides. I wrapped the 2x4's with carpet pad and carpet. Home Depot has small 4'x6' pieces of carpet in the flooring section. My son just uses his socks and it is plenty slick enough to get from side to side. I also have him use his stick to get his upper body into the flow. One hand for pure speed and 2 hands for body control.

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I made one a couple years ago and on the end boards I cut a 15 bevel so the impact is a little less on your feet. I also use socks and furniture polish but I wear my running shoes and stretch a pair of old socks over them so I don't have to worry about hurting my feet that way.

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Here you go! Hope this helps.


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Synthetic Ice

Anyone have any info on Synthetic Ice? Is it worth the $$?. I would like to place it in my garage if it is worthwhile. I also dont want to spend more than $2000 to do my garage. Anyone have any ideas??

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Synthetic ice isnt even close to the real thing. There is no glide at all and its brutal on a skate grind. Cost of a 14X14 area is just under 4000US. I had promised my youngest son to redo his bedroom into a Goal crease when he made AAA but after he got to actually skate on it at a local training facility(puckstoppers) he changed his mind.

price average is about 19.00US a sq foot.

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http://members.tripod.com/msaskating/slide.htm

Link to build your own slideboard ^^
http://www.softballfans.com/forums/s...board+training

Above link will take to a message board to see what they look like completed

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Hey guys..

Im just begining to skate I never really skated before, and I decided to learn. I been having problem I've skated about 5 times in last two weeks and it seems that I have short strides, and my legs are wide apart when I skate I dont bring them closer as I move from stride to stride. I been also having balancing problem, I tend to woble a lot even though I bend my knees.

How can I improve this and also would a slideboard help me correct these skating flaws?



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Hey guys..

Im just begining to skate I never really skated before, and I decided to learn. I been having problem I've skated about 5 times in last two weeks and it seems that I have short strides, and my legs are wide apart when I skate I dont bring them closer as I move from stride to stride. I been also having balancing problem, I tend to woble a lot even though I bend my knees.

How can I improve this and also would a slideboard help me correct these skating flaws?



thanks in advance.
It certainly won't hurt. It will help build supporting muscles and endurance for your stride. This will pay off down the road.

But you are probably on a steep upward curve in the balance department at this point. Proper stance and time on ice will help you the most at this time IMO.

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Then depending on how old your son is, have him strap on some ankle weights.
That will help build up that inter thigh muscle for that stride.

Plus, if you can get a stick handling board that is wide as your stride board, use a stick and puck when you push from side to side. One of the things that this will teach him is NO upper body movement in this stride. This will be good for deking and puck control while he moves laterally from side to side.

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Be very careful when doing that. He could easily develop a quad to hamstring imbalance. I had that issue after using ankle weights for only a couple weeks, it took me a year to get over.

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Be very careful when doing that. He could easily develop a quad to hamstring imbalance. I had that issue after using ankle weights for only a couple weeks, it took me a year to get over.
You can develop quad to hamstring imbalance with or without the ankle weights. They aren't the cause of it. But it is likely they brought your issue to a boil more quickly than if you hadn't been using resistance.

Misuse and improper posture/form in everyday activity including exercising is the cause. Usually this happens when people are not comfortable enough relying on their posterior muscles like the glute and hamstring. This results in quad dominance that could affect the ankle, knee, hip, low back.

What were you "getting over?" Like what was your injury?

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