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11-06-2006, 08:47 AM
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Skating..

I want to improve my speed. im not the fastest but im not the slowest ethier.. is there any way i can improve my speed. Even when i skate hard i just dont glide like those speedy guys.... is it my stride??

Or is it something that just comes natural???


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It's probably your stance.
You got to get down low (like a sitting position) and push out with your blades. Kinda like having your toe, knee and nose all inline. That way you have to most distance to glide. Plus make sure your arms are going out infront of you not out to the sides.

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what grind do you have on your skates?

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take shorter strides, they give more speed in the beginning of the stride haha sorry
that probably makes no sence.

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I want to improve my speed. im not the fastest but im not the slowest ethier.. is there any way i can improve my speed. Even when i skate hard i just dont glide like those speedy guys.... is it my stride??

Or is it something that just comes natural???
I wouldn't say it comes natural -- there's a definite science to it and once you've got your technique down you'll notice a big difference. The lack of any glide in your stride could mean you're running on your skates or that you turn your ankles. As JM47 mentioned, it could also be skate-related. Anyway, here's a great (IMO) explanation of a perfect power skating stride: http://www.danbylsma.com/askDanAnswer.asp?q=17

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dont mean to hijack this thread but, I can do the hockey stop with my right foot on the outside but not the other way!!

is my left ankle too weak or what can be done? keep practicing the other side?

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dont mean to hijack this thread but, I can do the hockey stop with my right foot on the outside but not the other way!!

is my left ankle too weak or what can be done? keep practicing the other side?
you just have to keep practicing on the side you aren't good with.

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dont mean to hijack this thread but, I can do the hockey stop with my right foot on the outside but not the other way!!

is my left ankle too weak or what can be done? keep practicing the other side?
This is usually the case. Most favour turning left and this is related to that. As JM47 says practise your weak side more.

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dont mean to hijack this thread but, I can do the hockey stop with my right foot on the outside but not the other way!!

is my left ankle too weak or what can be done? keep practicing the other side?
Could be your ankle but it could be any combination of muscles on your left side being weaker than on your right. I've found that the stronger your muscles, the better your coordination. Definitely keep practicing on that side, make sure you're not leaning too far into the stop and that your front (left) skate isn't digging too deeply into the ice.

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It's probably your stance.
You got to get down low (like a sitting position) and push out with your blades. Kinda like having your toe, knee and nose all inline. That way you have to most distance to glide. Plus make sure your arms are going out infront of you not out to the sides.
Yeah what she said but extend your stride as far as possible to get the the most out of it. also don't just bend your knees but consider bending your knees over your toes keeping them in line and keeping your back staight and shoulders back to keep your head up. you burn less energy that way. that little tip helped me tremendously. also note that the fast skaters never glide they are always skating hard!!! always keep your feet moving. never glide.

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