What is Skating?
You can learn how to ice skate at almost any age. It’s a good way to get some aerobic exercise and can help you improve your balance and coordination. Over time, your leg muscles will get stronger, your joints will get more flexible, and you’ll be able to do more.
When someone says, “I’m going skating,” they may not mean ice skating but rather electric skateboarding or just street skating. They could also be going roller skating. In the end, it depends on the situation. Skating means gliding around in whatever way the person does it.
Besides being good for your health, ice skating is fun. You don’t need anything but a place to skate and the desire to try something new. Wear warm, light clothes that don’t get in the way of your movement. A helmet isn’t required, but if you’re afraid of falling, a hockey or snowboarding helmet can give you some extra protection (and confidence).
You don’t have to buy your own ice skates to learn how to skate. You can rent them for a small fee at any public rink. But having your own skates gives you a performance boost and a better fit, which helps you get better at skating.
1. Skate Forward
We need to move forward. Take one step forward with your toes facing the direction you want to go. Then do the same thing with your other foot. Afraid? Start by holding on to the wall while you build up your courage. Oh, and don’t look down to see if you’re doing it right, or you’ll hurt yourself by running into someone. Next, try to push a little harder by doing two-foot glides. As your confidence grows, you’ll do longer glides faster.
2. Backward Skating
Keep your feet in line with each other, bend your knees, and lift your chest. Then, move your weight somewhere between your feet and push outward, one foot at a time. Work off the balls of your feet and gently push backward to keep your balance. Don’t have any plans? No worries. Try walking slowly backward with your toes turned in. As you do this, move your weight around until you find the spot where you can almost stand on your own.
Start this move by standing in a V shape with your heels touching and your toes pointing out. You should, of course, bend your knees a bit. Now, push out and forward with the inside edges of your skates. Keep going until the distance between your blades is one foot.
At that point, with your knees straight, bring your toes together to make an upside-down V shape. When you finish this move, you’ll have done a circular move, like the letter O.
Backward swizzles are harder for many people than forward swizzles. You might have found it easy to do forward wiggles, but you might find it hard to do backward swizzles.
Backward swizzles are basically the same as their forward counterparts. Except that you’re going backwards in this case.
For backward swizzles, you start the glide in an upside-down V. So, crouch down. And you should keep your toes together. Next, press your heels outward with your inside edges. Then, your skates should start to move apart. Keep moving until the space between your feet is about one foot.
5. Glide on One Foot (Forward)
Start with forward marching or swizzles, whichever you like better. Then, start gliding for two feet. Next, lift one of your feet and put it close to and parallel to the foot you’re using to skate.
Remember to keep the hip on the foot you’re not dancing on a little higher. At the same time, put your arms out in front of you, parallel to the ice and in the direction you want to go.
6. Learn how to “dip”
Start by stretching your arms out to the sides, one to the right and one to the left. Then, start slowly marching to build up speed. Last, start a 2-foot glide by pushing off. Next, do a dip with both knees. At the same time, you should have your arms out in front of you, parallel to the ice, and over your knees. Your head and upper body should stay straight up.
Crossovers are something you should do often. They are a basic move, and even though they can be hard for a beginner, you won’t get very far without learning them.
• Crossovers to the front
Here’s how to do forward crossovers. First, stand with your feet side by side and one arm in front of you and the other behind you. Then, try crossing your right foot over your left foot as you try to find your balance.
Next, lift your left leg and put it next to your right leg. This will put you back where you started. Follow one of the hockey lines to make sure you’re going in the right direction. And as you do all of this, make sure you don’t turn your hip. If you do, you’ll walk in a different direction.
You can also try doing sidesteps with one arm behind you and the other in front of you. When you do that, you’ll feel like your hips and shoulders are twisting. Your shoulders and hips won’t be in a square shape.
Next, learn the edges you’ll need to do the forward crossovers. As you cross your right leg over your left, bend your left knee a little and drop it toward your smallest toe. When you do that, you can easily cross over your left leg. It also keeps the toes from getting in the way later.
And when you put your right foot down, slightly bend your ankle and step on the outside edge. Lastly, move the left foot so that it is next to the right foot.
• Backward Crossovers
You should be able to skate backwards and do backward swizzles and wiggles now (hopefully).
Now, start with wiggles or swizzles that go backward. Then, lift one foot, find your balance, and glide in that position. Then, do the wiggles or swizzles backward again and lift the other foot up. Now, go to the hockey circle (there are usually many such circles in an indoor ice rink).
Next, glide around the circle backwards one foot at a time until you can do it smoothly. Note: Turn your head over your shoulder so that you can see where you’re going. People often make the mistake of facing the direction they are gliding from because they think that is the best way to avoid hitting things. Doesn’t that sound silly? But that’s what beginners do all the time.
Use the inside backward edge and the foot outside the circle to push. Then, lift the foot you used to push and cross it over the other foot. Then, pick up the skating foot and put it next to the other foot, just like you did for forward crossovers.
When you do a crossover, remember to bend your knees so you can move smoothly and not fall. One arm should reach forward, and the other should reach back. This will help you stay balanced. Once you’re used to going in one direction, start practicing going the other way.
Jumps in ice skating involve getting off the ice and spinning in the air. You’ll learn six different types of rotational jumps (eventually).
The easiest jump is the salchow, and the next easiest is the toe loop. Then there are jumps like the loop, the flip, and the lutz. The last jump is the axel jump, which is the hardest of them all.
Even though I said the salchow was the easiest, ALL of these jumps are hard for a beginner to learn. And it’s easy to hurt yourself. So, I really think you should work with a professional trainer.
Some people can do a salchow jump after practicing for a month or two. Some people need two years or more to learn the same jump. Not everyone in class understands what the teacher says the first time. When it comes to ice skating, there will always be differences in how fast people learn.
There’s intelligence in the classroom, and then there’s intelligence in the real world. To become a professional skater, you have to keep improving your kinesthetic intelligence and be passionate about it.
Learn to hop before you try these six jumps. A hop is a simple jump in which you jump straight up without turning around. Once you know how to do that, you can try these 6 ice skating jumps, which go from easy to hard.
You know the basics of how to skate on ice. Now, all that’s left is to get over your fear of falling. Get on your skates and go out there. At first, it will be hard and very slow. You might fall a few times, but don’t give up. You’ll soon be able to jump, spin, glide, and glide with ease, and everyone will be amazed. Here’s the thing: hurry up and grab those skates. Happy skating!