OVERVIEW TO BACKWARDS SKATING
Backwards Stride Keys: Begin and end each “C-cut” (push) with your skates directly under your body, side-by-side. Bend your knees, pull your shoulders back, keep your head up and thrust your pushing foot (“C-cut”) out to “full extension”. Keep your “glide foot” traveling in a straight line, directly under your body and do NOT ‘yo-yo’ your head up and down...make sure to keep your head up and level. Watch our step-by-step Backward Skating videos to the right.
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SHORT STRIDES - You are working very hard when skating backwards. Your hips are moving and your backside is wiggling, but you are still having a hard time gaining that next gear of speed because you need to work on Extending out that "C-Cut".
The 3 Steps to Complete Backwards C-cuts
STEP #1: Wind-up
Create grip by pivoting your pushing foot (almost) 90 degrees so that your toes nearly come together. Place 100% of your body weight over the pivoted (pushing) foot on a deep inside edge.
STEP #2: Push to Full Extension
From your established pushing foot, thrust in a "C" pattern with 100% of your body weight over that pushing foot until it reaches full extension (leg is locked). At this precise moment, your body weight transfers from your pushing foot to your gliding foot (under your body).
STEP #3: Recovery
Your pushing foot returns (in a 'C' pattern) back under your body so that your gliding leg can load and explode. Repeat... Strive for long, complete 'C -cuts' that ALWAYS reach full extension.
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