How To Stride 2

Static Balancing Drill
While standing in one place, practice balancing on one skate. Alternate skates,
holding each for two to four seconds. Concentrate on your non-dominant
side until it is at the same level as your dominant side.

Getting Your Motion Down
If you feel unsure of your balance or you are moving in an s-shaped path, eliminate
arm motion & keep your hands in front of you at waist level as you doing the ready
position. Add arm motion back when you are fully comfortable with stride 2.

Dynamic Balancing Drill
Now put it in motion: While rolling forward on a flat surface, practice
balancing on one skate. Alternate skates, holding each for two to four
seconds before changing.

Build Strength & Balance
To build strength & balance, practice pushing off & retrieving one skate
along a straight path (as if you were pushing a skateboard).
Repeat this drill with the other skate.

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Pick a spot that is long & wide enough for stride 2. Narrow spaces cause you to
change your motion, creating balance & stability problems.

Keep a forward lean
If your stride 2 is choppy, make sure your forward lean is deep enough. It lets you
apply the inside skate pressure needed to extend your action leg & glide.

Avoid striding too wide in stride 2. This throws off your balance & limits
your efficiency & speed.

First off, keep learning how to slow down! Learn new techniques, refine the ones you already know. Until you master slowing down, your mind will limit how fast it will let you go on skates.

Watch good skaters. Notice that they rarely have both skates on the ground at the same time. This independent leg action is something you will master over time, you can practice by seeing how long you can glide on a single skate. When you can glide on a single skate for more than 30 seconds (both left & right legs!), you are well on the way.

Notice that almost all of the side to side motion is happening below the waist. Eliminate any twisting motion in your shoulders, keep your shoulders square to your direction of travel. If you want to move your arms, move them forward & back, crossing patterns may have you twist your shoulders. Relax the muscles in your lower back to allow your upper body to remain quiet.

Watch your stride. Are you pushing more to the side or to the back? Shift your stride to be pushing almost exclusively to the side.

Where do you set your skate down at the start of your stride? Shoulder width? Start setting your skate down on the centre line of your body. After you are comfortable with that, start setting your skate further in beyond your centre line.

Do you flick your toe at the end of your stride? If so, stop. Instead, flick your heel, drive your heel out at the end of the stroke. This will feel very strange for the first 10,000 times or so!