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09-27-2008, 10:16 PM
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How to bend knees without leaning forward?

Does anyone have a drill that could help me with this?

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09-28-2008, 11:48 AM
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Does anyone have a drill that could help me with this?
You might want to do some squats, stretching, and abdominal exercises.

If you feel like you're instable when you bend your knees and keep your upper body straight, you may have weak leg muscles (or in my case a bad ligament, argh).

If you feel like your upper body is being pulled forward, your leg muscles may be inflexible or your abdominal/back muscles may not be strong enough to hold your body straight.

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Does anyone have a drill that could help me with this?
Why would you not want to learn forward?
Are you concern about your balance?
Are you concern that you will fall?


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Does anyone have a drill that could help me with this?
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start with making sure your back and butt are in sitting position with your shoulders back. it feels totally unnatural at first but this is correct stance. then what helped me the most was being told to keep your knees bent over your toes. not behind not beyond, but directly over your toes. you can do this with skates or even in your shoes to work those muscles.

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keep your back straight, down arc it. you have to sit down when you are skating keep your butt down

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Keep your eyes up and looking at the glass (if you're just skating) or at eye level so you can see what is going on if it's a game situation.

Chest should be upright so you can show off your team logo.

Just in a basic stance, you shouldn't be able to see your feet past your knees.

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Tilt your hips forward and keep your back upright.

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It sounds like you might need to build up your ab and lower back muscles. Glutes are another factor here too. More skating. You'll get better technique by using better technique. Sorry if that sounds like a myth or legend but it is true.

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Why would you not want to lean forward when skating forward? Proper lean, between 30 and 45 degrees, allows a player skating forward to gain momentum faster in the direction that he/she is leaning, and allows him/her more control of the stick and puck. The ONLY time a player should consider having his/her back straight while skating is when skating backwards.

Or did I just misunderstand your question?

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Why would you not want to lean forward when skating forward? Proper lean, between 30 and 45 degrees, allows a player skating forward to gain momentum faster in the direction that he/she is leaning, and allows him/her more control of the stick and puck. The ONLY time a player should consider having his/her back straight while skating is when skating backwards.

Or did I just misunderstand your question?
I may be wrong here, but I think he was suffering from the same problem I had. I generally kept my back straight while skating, but I actually leaned forward too much. At certain points my upper body was almost perpendicular to the ice, wreaking havoc on my balance.

I cured it by doing the same thing I suggested in my original post, and by getting a longer stick.

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Like you're sitting down in mid air.

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Contouring your blades with a forward lean should get you to unlock your knees and get you in an optimal balanced position.

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Does anyone have a drill that could help me with this?
The simplist way to prastise proper skating technique is to exaggerate your strides, it will force you into a proper position.

If you watch Crosby's stance, hes always in an explosive body position, he always keeps himself in a position to burst out.

It may hurt your calfs a bit at first, but the best skate that way.

Hope this helps

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All good advice here. I'd like to add my own little Occam's razor into the discussion.

If you're wrapping your laces around skate - stop.

It prevents ankle bending, in turn preventing a proper knee bend.

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All good advice here. I'd like to add my own little Occam's razor into the discussion.

If you're wrapping your laces around skate - stop.

It prevents ankle bending, in turn preventing a proper knee bend.
I'm sorry but I must disagree. It depends on which skate and how tightly you tie them.

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I'm sorry but I must disagree. It depends on which skate and how tightly you tie them.
Something similar, I don't lace the first eyelet but I do wrap the laces around the skate. This ends up feeling less restricting than going up to the first eyelet but not wrapping, if that makes any sense.

Just what feels comfortable to me..

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Are you talking about skating backwards? if so, you don't want to lean forwards too much. get in a position like you're in the middle of sitting down.

If you're skating forward, you want to be leaning.

As for skates, most newer boots should be stiff enough you don't have to worry about wrapping laces. Certainly any composite boot will be. Older boots it depends on which one, but generally you should not have to.

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