How to get fit and skate faster with one simple speed exercise

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There are many ways your stride can be improved and it’s useful to have something to do to address the inevitable bad habits that sneak in. Ask yourself honestly if you have any of these stride issues listed below (ask a friend to film you if you aren’t sure). I think almost ALL Intermediate level skaters suffer from at least one of these issues and very often a combination of several which are unique to you.

The exercise presented in this video is a miracle in my opinion because it fixes the following 4 common skater stride problems. These problems (if left unchecked) will simply become permanently ingrained in your skating and will be harder to correct later on. All these problems reduce your speed and efficiency;

  • Backwards pushing direction (less power)
  • ‘V’-ing set down (instead of straight ahead)
  • Inability to glide on one skate easily
  • Inability to control the skate’s direction at higher speeds (or more instability at speed)

Please let me know in the comments below if you found this exercise helped.

But I warn you, I make it look really easy and it’s actually quite challenging. Practice it as 2 halves first (the Pause in Lunge and then the Short Toe Roll), then put them together, using however many scooters you need to get the right speed. Try not to cheat by skating anywhere in the exercise, it’s all scooting, Lunging and Toe rolling, each for several metres.

Let me know in the comments below, which of the 4 common skate stride problems you identified in your skating and which you noticed any difference in after practicing this exercise for 15 minutes.

Good Luck and happy practice!

12 Responses to "How to get fit and skate faster with one simple speed exercise"
  1. That’s so weird, i was just practicing that this morning. I’m ok with the scooter bit, definitely going out to the side, not back, like your app says, but the toe roll thing is soooo hard trying to balance on the other skate and keep it going in a straight line. I know i’m inside edging and turning inwards due to that and finding it hard to get a straight edge without over balancing past the outside edge – hope i’m making sense?

    But it was only my first morning working on this specific thing and i was slowly improving but plenty of work to do. Have to say that the challenge is what makes it so enjoyable. Thanks for your vids (especially this one – yeah, you make it look soooo easy :-D) and apps. You’re a star!

    Big hugs! xx

  2. Hi Asher, l will be practicing this when I next get a chance. Love the drills and ideas that you offer. Have a great trip to Brazil hope to meet you on your next instruction day.
    Regards Paul Hodge.

  3. THANKS A
    I FEEL THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO KEEP ME SKATING
    IN-LINE. I SKATE ONE TO TWO HOURS A DAY . I
    LOVE IT BUT I AM DEVELOPING A BONION ON MY
    LEFT FOOT. DO YOU KNOW OF ANYTHING I CAN
    DO TO AVOID IT FROM INTERRUPTING MY LOVE OF ROLLING ?
    NOTE I GET A SHARP PAIN ON THE TOP OF MY TOE
    IT MAKES ME STOP SKATING . IT HAPPENS WHEN I SKI ASWELL.

    THANKS GUIDO G

    • I have a similar problem and simply putting an ice pack on my foot immediately after skating helps me. Don’t know if it will help you but easy to try it out. Good luck.

    • Guido, sorry for the delay, my notifications were not turned on so I missed these comments until now. Are your skates heat mouldable? If so definitely do that. Are your skates a hard boot? This can be the main (and only) problem with hard boots, that if they don’t fit your foot shape they can be painful. How long have you worn these skates? i.e. are they still in the ‘breaking in’ process which can take 1-3 months. Your left foot is probably larger than your right foot so maybe try a thinner sock on the left foot and see if this releases the pressure. Removing the insole could also provide some more space inside your skate. Hope that’s helpful.

      • HI ASHLEY
        WAS WONDERING IF YOU HAVE ANY INFO ON STRECHING FOR SKATERS.
        THE SUBJECT IS SO IMPORTANT TO PREVENT INJURY .
        THANKS
        GUIDO.G

  4. Jack Larner here I am a 68 year old skater and your teaching method is fantastic me and my wife learn our lifetime of mistakes and are now correcting them, thank you so much.

  5. Pleasee post title to youtube video as my work PC blocks videos on your site. I cannot find anything under your channel for how to get fit and skate faster.

    Thanks

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