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Old November 2nd, 2009, 07:33 PM   #1
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Greetings all. Newbie with a newbie question. I'm 35, brand new to skating, got into it after working as an NSO for a derby league. I'm male, 6'1", 260, 30 inseam. Have a pair of R3, which aren't bad for starting skates (we shall see how break in goes).

The subject line says all. What tips and ideas do you use to maintain proper posture? My problem is that I have a hard time coming back to a relaxed posture after pushing off (especially with my weak leg). This means a lot of energy is wasted in trying to stay stable versus just gliding.

Things I am curious about:

Weight distribution between heel and back of the feet.
Stance width changes (if any)
Exercises for shifting weight.

Thanks!
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 02:16 AM   #2
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Knees should be bent a little and back straight you should be looking forward and don't look down. If this is your first time skating have some body hold your hand intel you get comfortable.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 06:00 AM   #3
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Greetings all. Newbie with a newbie question. I'm 35, brand new to skating, got into it after working as an NSO for a derby league. I'm male, 6'1", 260, 30 inseam. Have a pair of R3, which aren't bad for starting skates (we shall see how break in goes).

The subject line says all. What tips and ideas do you use to maintain proper posture? My problem is that I have a hard time coming back to a relaxed posture after pushing off (especially with my weak leg). This means a lot of energy is wasted in trying to stay stable versus just gliding.

Things I am curious about:

Weight distribution between heel and back of the feet.
Stance width changes (if any)
Exercises for shifting weight.

Thanks!
If you focus on "feeling" all four wheels you wil have good weight distribution. Your foot can sense the vibrations coming up from each wheel, and when you focus on feeling each wheel pushing up onto your foot, you tend to equalize your weight distribution properly.
You may find a bigger boot heel helps too, as this tends to make you lean back more on the rear wheels to compensate for the extra forward tilt that the taller heel gives. Where does your rear axle line up with respect to the center of the ball of your heel?

Exercise => Balance on one leg and lower yourself by bending your knee ~45 degrees. Hold position until leg gets shaky, then switch to other leg. Keep taking turns. then for a change keep both feet down & bend both knees at once.

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Old November 3rd, 2009, 12:36 PM   #4
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practice practice practice

get your rear down.

don't hunch your upper body too much.

practice gliding on one foot. gliding on one foot is the key to all that is good and lovely in the world of skating.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 01:17 PM   #5
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gliding on one foot is the key to all that is good and lovely in the world of skating.
I agree 100%. From what I can see, amazingly few session skaters consciously glide on one foot.

I also suggest using your arms for fine-tuned balance. As in figure skating: Hold them so your hands are palms down, about a foot away from your body and at waist level. Adjusting the position of your arms when you need to helps keep you from falling, etc.

I'd also get some wrist guards with the hard plastic slide bump in the palms: wrists are the most likely part of the body to get sore or injured.
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Old November 4th, 2009, 04:31 AM   #6
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I agree 100%. From what I can see, amazingly few session skaters consciously glide on one foot.

I also suggest using your arms for fine-tuned balance. As in figure skating: Hold them so your hands are palms down, about a foot away from your body and at waist level. Adjusting the position of your arms when you need to helps keep you from falling, etc.

I'd also get some wrist guards with the hard plastic slide bump in the palms: wrists are the most likely part of the body to get sore or injured.
I agree on the wrist guards, I got a pair of Triple Eights. I really like the idea about the hands.
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Old November 5th, 2009, 02:03 PM   #7
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I agree 100%. From what I can see, amazingly few
I'd also get some wrist guards with the hard plastic slide bump in the palms: wrists are the most likely part of the body to get sore or injured.
Couldn't agree more - my first time out I fell backwards and caught myself with my hands. 255lbs on two hands - I could barely bend them for a few days.

Still - since you're training as a referee skate with your pads on. I mean it, the whole works. I even skate with all my gear on during open skates... sure you get funny looks, but who cares?

Skating without kneepads on feel wierd to me.
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