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Stride: Push back or to side?

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12-16-2010, 12:18 AM
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Stride: Push back or to side?

is your boot on a 45 degree angle when ur going forwards also are u pushing more to the side or pushing behind u

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is your boot on a 45 degree angle when ur going forwards also are u pushing more to the side or pushing behind u
5:00 and 7:00.

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as long as you are moving forward, bending your knees pushing weight onto the tongue of your skates, the foot doing the pushing shouldn't be pushing either straight back, or totally outwards on each side. it like / & \ not | | and basically impossible like = so, as long as you are getting a lot of power off each stride, bending your knees correctly, and extending your leg after each stride, there's only one way but forwards.

maybe think of it as a bit more as pushing to the side if you want to get the proper stroking technique down, it's all about extension of your one leg, and bending the other knee to get the most out of every single stroke. only difference is when you need to skate really really fast, you're not noticing the extension as much because your changing feet so quickly.

go watch youtube videos of Bobby Orr if you want to know how to skate better

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45 degree angle. Check out the Robbie Glantz video for excellent visuals.

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Answers to just about any, if not all, questions regarding skating techniques can be had for just twenty bucks buy purchasing Power Skating by Laura Stamm.

Not trying to be a commercial, but I've found that to be a terrific reference for all things skating. For hockey that is, it probably wouldn't help a lot with figure skating.

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From a complete stop, your feet are at more than 45deg to skating direction and are pushing mostly toward the back, but as you accelerate the skate angle gradually decreases and you push more and more to the side as you accelerate. In the Laura Stamm book, there are even two photos showing the skate angle at start and the angle while skating faster. I also highly recommend purchasing Laura Stamm's Power Skating.

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Not trying to be a commercial, but I've found that to be a terrific reference for all things skating. For hockey that is, it probably wouldn't help a lot with figure skating.
Ironically, Some NHL players have figure skaters like Barbara Underhill as skating coaches.


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go watch youtube videos of Bobby Orr if you want to know how to skate better

You had me until this.


Of all of the skaters one could emulate I think you can come up with a better recommendation than someone who played the game 40 years ago in tube skates.

The changes in boot stiffness and skate weight over the last 4 decades has made big changes in an optimum skating stride.



You should be pushing back at about 5:00 and 7:00 with shorter quicker strides when you are accelerating as Steelhead said and then the angle should change slightly to say 4:00 and 8:00 as you reach higher speed. At speed your stride should lengthen out as well.

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