What does our trainer say

Bend, bend and more bend

The bend is part of skating, it is not difficult, it is slightly different. For each level it is important to pay attention to the turn because skills on the straight and in the turn reinforce each other. Once you feel safe in the leg over, the bend is actually no more difficult in terms of movement than the skating movement on the straight end.

On the straight , your body center of gravity (actually the projection of your body center of gravity on the ice) should move from the outside of the skate (skate is on the outside when you put it down) in a smooth motion to the inside of the skate (skate is on the inside when you take off). Finding balance (and safety) on the outer edge is still quite complicated for many skaters.

In the turn you are (if all is well) always on the outside of your left skate and on the inside of your right skate. You are, as it were, at an angle on your skates. This actually happens automatically when you go through a bend at speed. The more speed the easier it is actually. But that is of course much too easy to say. You have to feel safe and small steps are often a good route for that. Any body that goes through a curve at speed will be thrown out (think of a piece of laundry in the drum during the spin cycle) But you don't want to be thrown out. That's why you're tilted. Because you are at an angle you have to constantly push off to avoid falling in. So you are constantly on the outside of your left skate and constantly on the inside of your right skate.

For the bend, things like placement/stability are very important. By doing commands before the bend, the straight end also gets better.

 

Physical principles

To skate you need Stamina and Power . Power for good push offs and speed and stamina to skate as long as you want.

As far as training is concerned, endurance and power are difficult to combine. Physically, stamina and power make use of two different adaptive capacities. Your stamina improves when you use oxygen and fuel more efficiently. To train that, you use a kind of “deficit”. You train for so long that your body learns to deal better with the limited supply of oxygen and energy. Further and longer.

For power, on the other hand, it is important to train so hard that the musculoskeletal system is inflicted a little bit of damage. This then stimulates the adaptability in such a way that extra/better muscles and therefore extra power. Building materials are needed for that, so there is no shortage. So exactly the opposite.

How does this fit into our schedule?

It would be nice if you could skate once or maybe twice a week. Skating is a sport in which power and endurance both play a role and therefore both are discussed. Even if you skate once or twice a week, you will be offered all parts. The parts that require more power are planned more at the beginning. That is because good coordination is often required for this, which is less due to fatigue at the end of the lesson. The assignments that require a lot of stamina are then planned at the end. In order to be able to explicitly train endurance and power, it is advisable to also train next to the ice. Therefore:

Stability
The degree to which you can maintain the position of your body or body parts.

To be able to supply power, there must be something to supply the power against. The best thing is that a stable (firm) body. The power then moves the whole body and is not used to make the body change shape.

Principle 3 (Everywhere you come across the word “compact” in the lessons, especially in the bend for the novice skaters).

A smaller knee angle gives more push-off potential. Whether this can be achieved depends on a number of factors.

 

Principle 4 (This week it's about the bend.)

A sharper angle against the ice gives a more horizontal component of the take-off. It's about the angle between ice and LZP. How you do that (knee in, straight ahead or out doesn't matter in principle).

Principle 5 (This week bend and straight)

More weight/pressure/force against the ice returns more power from the ice. This applies to both the straight and the bend. 

Stability and posture are important to be able to put enough weight against the ice in the right direction. To be able to supply power, there must be something to be able to supply power for a long enough time. This should result in proper weight transfer (timing and direction)