How to Ice Skate
If you want to learn how to ice skate, you came to the right place. Below are easy steps that will help you understand the process as well as have a general idea about the topic. But before starting with the steps, you need to know the basic concepts about ice skate. Ice skating is moving on ice by using ice skates. It can be done for a variety of reasons, including leisure, travelling, and various sports. Ice skating occurs both on specially prepared indoor and outdoor tracks, as well as on naturally occurring bodies of frozen water such as lakes and rivers. skates are boots with blades attached to the bottom, used to propel oneself across a sheet of ice. They are worn as footwear in many sports, including ice hockey, bandy and figure skating. The first ice skates were made from leg bones of horse, ox or deer, and were attached to feet with leather straps. A pole with a sharp metal spike was used for pushing the skater forward.
Easy Steps to Ice Skate
Below are simple steps to learn how to ice skate. Go step by step, and check your progress.
- You will need to find some good skates. Buy or rent them, rentals are adequate at a good rink for your first steps. It is worth noting that if you are skating outside, the second biggest ice skating risk is falling through the ice while skating on ponds, lakes, etc. Always make sure the ice is thick enough to support your weight; if in doubt skate elsewhere. It is also good to scope out the surface for any other obstacles that may be in the way. Try to find a companion. Learning by yourself it is good, but learning with someone will help in relaxing on the ice.
- Teach yourself to maintain your balance on the ice. This is crucial. You need to find your center of gravity. The secrets to skating well are technique and relaxation.
- You need to trust the ice. This may sound silly, but think in your mind, I trust the ice!!! You will skate very easy and you will find yourself more comfortable on the ice.
- Walk on the ice. This may sound strange, by learning to walk on the ice will help give you ankle support and help you get used to the friction of the ice. You are doing a good job since you are not holding onto anything. The wall can become a crutch. Instead, hold your arms out at just below shoulder level to learn to balance yourself. bend your knees slighty and lean forward, not back, you don't want to crack your head.
- Try to lean on your weak foot, then push in a diagonal direction outwards with your strong foot as if you were shoveling snow behind and to the right of you. This will then propel you forward. Then bring the right foot back in next to the left and repeat the process.
- Keep this up and begin to take longer strokes and try to glide. If you try to give an extra flick of the toe/ankle at the end of each stroke, it will give you more power and make you a more efficient and faster skater.
- Bend your knees and move your body with the strokes. To stop, There are a number of different ways to stop while ice skating, let's about one of them. Place one skate behind you with the toe facing away from you and gently drag it behind until you come to a halt. When you do this, your balance will be put on one foot only, so practice skating on one foot to perfect this technique.
- How to do Three-turn
1. Begin skating forward on a left outside edge, and place your right foot just off the ice, and pointed toward the right.
2. Look in the direction you are skating, the left arm should be in the front and the right arm out to the side.
3. Bend both knees, keep right leg off the ice, but bring it in near the left leg.
4. Perform an outside edge with your left foot, pushing off with the right inside edge.
5. Straighten the left knee and transfer the weight to the ball of the foot.
6. Twist the upper body counterclockwise, shift the left skate, and spin it around in the opposite direction you were skating.
7. You are now skating backwards with the left arm to the back (direction skating) and the right arm to the front of the body.
- "Don't toepick!" If you find yourself tripping as you skate, you are most likely "toe-picking." Make sure that when you put your blade down on the ice, it's level, and the toe pick isn't going down first.
Practice makes perfect, don't hesistate to practice to achieve the desired goal. Try to combine the steps above with the video below in order to obtain the most information about how to ice skate.
How to Ice Skate Video
Below is also a video to help you learn how to Ice Skate.
We hope the above steps and video about how to ice skate have helped you in your quest to learn how to ice skate. If you like this page you might also want to go to our main page and learn more about our Book of the Worlds.