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How to learn to skate

Ice skating is a great way to spend time with friends or family, free your head from unnecessary troubles and cheer up. Skates give the necessary load to all muscles, train speed and the ability to balance, control your own body, calculate your strength. You can learn to skate at any age, there would be a desire and perseverance.

The youngest age for ice skating is most often considered 3 years old, children are taken to sports training from 4 years old, since the kids are simply not able to withstand long classes. And the maximum simply does not exist. So if you are attracted by the white space of the skating rink, and you dream that you easily glide on skates, do not restrain the rush and start classes.

How to start learning to skate?
If you are determined to finally learn how to skate on ice, we recommend that you find a skating rink whose schedule, location and quality will suit you as a beginner. Check to see if there is a group or individual lessons with a trainer at the rink. Then you will need to pick up skates. For the first trainings it will be possible to rent skates, but having your own skates for many reasons is more convenient.

Tips for choosing skates:

when buying skates, choose walking skates, and not those that are designed for figure skating or for hockey;
it’s important when putting on a skate on that sock that will be on you in training;
Skates should not squeeze the foot or be too loose;
give preference to leather skates, rather than plastic;
after each workout, wipe and dry them, and before long-term storage, lubricate the leather part with petroleum jelly, and the metal part with machine oil.
Depending on the intensity of the training, it is necessary to sharpen the blades regularly. If you practice 2-3 times a week, it is worth grinding your blades 2-3 times a month, and more often if you ride every day.

First steps on skates
The first exit to the rink is always exciting and a little scary. An experienced trainer will make sure that you perform a warm-up and stretch before skiing to avoid injuries. Warming up muscles before each workout is a rule that should not be forgotten by those who want to learn how to ride (skating, rollerblading or skiing).

In order to take the first steps, you will have to learn to keep balance. Remember the correct stance, which will help you not to fall onto the ice: your knees are bent, your arms are apart, slightly below shoulder level, your back is straight, eyes are looking forward. If you feel that you are falling, observe safety precautions: clench your hands into fists to avoid injury, sit down, try to fall on your side. You should get up with your hands on the ice and placing one foot between your hands, then pull up the second foot and get out of the squat position.

Beginners at the rink are easy to recognize by insecure movements and walking along the side. Do not be afraid to go out on the ice. When starting a workout, remember that they do not run on it, but glide. Take the main stance (legs shoulder-width apart, knees bent) and push off the ice with the ridge of the leading leg. The free leg is directed with the toe forward, and the push leg at an angle of 45 degrees to the ice. The blade of the ridge should not go deep into the surface of the ice, but should not fly over it. Over time, riding with more freedom, you will feel what kind of force you need to apply, and at what angle the skate should be in relation to the ice.

Ice skating – basic exercises
We recommend learning to ride according to the following scheme:

mastering the preservation of balance and slip;
after the beginner learns to maintain balance, you can begin to master the slide with a gradual increase in speed;
cornering and braking;
learn to fall correctly while riding;
gliding and running backwards.
Having mastered these basic exercises, you will feel more confident on the ice and will be able to learn more complex figures. Everyone who wants to learn to skate should remember one simple rule: the one who does not try is not mistaken. Go on the ice, overcome your fears and insecurities.

Ice skating is an excellent physical activity that will support you in shape, allow you to believe in yourself, develop endurance, grace and coordination of movements.

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