What does our trainer say

The themes this week are: Straight end; steer and drop off and Turn; posture, placement and take-off.

Basic principles, skating mechanics on the straight end:

Principle 1. SALES

Push off at right angles to the skate, otherwise the skate will slip. At every moment of the take-off, the skates must be pushed off transversely.


Principle 2. SALES

Skate must cut into the ice for takeoff grip. Sliding and cutting make a nice couple. During the push-off phase, the skate must cut in order to provide horizontal force.


Principle 3. ATTITUDE

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


Principle 4. MARKETING and SENDING

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. SALES

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)


Principle 6. SEND

More speed requires more return of the skate. To give enough time/space for force against the ice.
To be able to push off well perpendicular to the direction of the skate (starting point 2). Do not steer the skate away from you during the sliding phase, but keep sliding with you. Also during the sale.


Principle 7

Look for an optimal frequency 


Physical starting points this week

-1- Flexibility (agility)

-2- Stability

-3- Agility

-4- Endurance 

-5- Power (force x speed)

Flexibility: The range of motion of one or more joints

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.

Agility: The ability to efficiently change/adapt the position of all body parts to the situation. This agility is needed in every part of the skating stroke.

Being able to sustain an activity. Can you sustain an assignment for a long time? How tired do you get. This makes whether you can practice a little longer and a little longer and/or more practice makes you learn it faster.

Power(force x speed)
The ability to move something. A combination of power and speed. You can move a lighter object with more speed. You need strength to move your body. If you have more power than another skater who is as heavy as you, you can give your body more momentum (power = force x speed).