If you want to try your hand at ice skating this winter, this article offer basic instruction in five hard steps. It is going to take a while to get the hang of it, but if you persist, you can ice skate, at least, without falling down too many times if you continue to practice. How to ice skate, five basic tips.
The first thing you going to need before starting to learn how to ice skate are the skates. Most ice skates, on the low end, cost between $150.00 to $300.00 dollars. This is not a cheap hobby to start, so be advice don’t start unless you are going to stick with it. It will take about 6 months to break in your ice skates until then don’t be surprise if they feel like heavy weights on your feet. You want the bottom of your ice skates to be made of steel and gray tin metal. In addition, make sure to dress warmly, but not too bulky when learning how to ice skate.
When learning how to ice skate, you need to learn about gliding. Gliding is people moving across the ice in a medium to slow pace. In order to maintain your balance, don’t be frighten to hold out your arms, it is better to look or feel somewhat self-conscious then to keep falling on the ice. Take 1/4inch step in front of you: first your left foot then right foot, then right foot and left foot, and then left foot and right foot again. Do this for a period of an hour for a month before moving on to another basic ice skating step.
Arms Down and a Circular and Wide Glide
The month has past and you probably been gliding up and down or back and forth in a straight line on the ice, now it is time to learn how to do a circular and wide glide while keeping your arms down. Learning this will take several weeks. With your arms down, glide around the ice in a circle, widening the circle every time you come around to your starting point. If you start at point A, you can mark the ice with your ice skates, every time you get to point A again move wider an 1/2 inch. For a circular wide glide always start with your left foot or your inside foot and try not to lean over with your inside foot but keep straight as possible. You want to try to circle the ice a minimum of 12 times before you call it a day in the beginning. By the end of the several weeks try circling the ice 20 times.
The next thing you want to practice is artistic moves. Nothing fancy, just three basic interchangeable artistic moves. The first artistic move is circular twirl: lay your back flat and twirl in a circle. You have to go somewhat fast in a circular and wide glide before doing this move. The foot, usually your right, if you write with your right hand is the foot that holds you in place and should not be moved as you do a circular twirl. The second artistic move is an arm extension twirl: in this move you bend your knees at a 67 degree angle, and extend your left arm while holding your right arm against your chest. With your right foot in place do an circular and wide twirl. Keep widening your stretch of your left leg as you twirl on the ice. The third artistic move is a backward and forward move: in this move while doing a circular and wide glide, gaining speed, you move backward then forward again. You don’t want to jump in the air, that takes years to learn, you simply turn, using your left foot, to turn backward, and your right foot, to turn forward. Learning these moves can take up to nine weeks.
Combine All the Moves
The last thing you want to learn has to do with combining all the moves written about above. You want to give yourself three minutes between moves, before shortening it to 30 seconds between moves. Also another way to become better adapt is to change which moves to do first, second and third. Learning how to ice skate competently can take up to a year to a half, but if ice skating is something you want to really learn then the year will just glide by.