October 29th, 2007, 03:41 PM #1
Can anyone recommend anything specific I can do at the gym (as opposed to on the ice) to improve my backwards skating?
October 29th, 2007, 03:42 PM #2
Practice on the ice, not the gym.
October 29th, 2007, 03:47 PM #3
Not really man. I have played for 15 years and it's one of the hardest things for people to learn. Practice makes perfect. The gym is not gonna help much unless you lack leg strength and then its the obvious squats and leg press.
October 29th, 2007, 03:54 PM #4
Not entirely true...some people can have issues pertaining to stamina, leg strength, etc. That can certainly be helped by gymtime.
Originally Posted by fansince67
DH, What are you trying to improve? Speed? Or can you not skate backwards, period? If speed is the problem, try transitioning forwards to backwards. Slow to make your transition, then as you do - speed up and churn your legs. Be sure to make sure to skate with your weight forward (almost as if you were skiing) and drive those edges into the ice. If you can't skate backwards, describe your problem and I'll try to give some advice but you need to be specific. Certain people can either have a problem with balance (forgetting to lean forward), or they forget to bend their legs properly, etc.
A really good technique I learned is in skating a few mph and then transition backwards to the point where you're going kind of slow... then, start cutting C's. One leg. Then the other. So bring one leg out, make a C (USING YOUR EDGE), bring it back in under you. Then the other leg. That'll make a reversed C. After a few, your speed should increase. Practice that to death and you should start maintaining speed in no time.
Try hockeyshot.com. They offer good visuals and cues to adopt in your skating and shooting.
October 29th, 2007, 11:55 PM #5
October 30th, 2007, 06:22 PM #6
Yeah the whole C cut thing works but thats the very beginning basics. Are you trying to learn how to skate backward with speed? If you are then crossing over skating backwards will really help pick up speed quickly.
October 30th, 2007, 06:31 PM #7
simplest advice, keep your knees bent. nothing will send you toppling faster than standing up straight.
November 1st, 2007, 04:36 PM #8
Here's the deal - I don't get all that much ice time, and what time I get is divided up among all the skills. I'm just noticing that the muscles I use skating backwards are not ones I use in everyday life. I thought maybe there were some specific things I could do when I'm not on the ice to help speed up that development.
Originally Posted by fansince67
November 1st, 2007, 06:24 PM #9
November 1st, 2007, 07:22 PM #10
Go to a public skate. Try to find one that's not so crowded, you'll have more freedom and room.
Originally Posted by DanteHicks
My dad coached kids hockey for several years and had hockey schools in the 60's. In a 1 1/2 hour practice, he skated those kids for 1 hr. He used the time for skating, stops and starts, pile-ons, clock-wise around the rink, counter-clockwise around the rink, etc, frontwards and backwards. The last 1/2 hour was used for scrimmage and plays. The kids used to complain, but those same kids went to Nationals and took 4th. It works.
Look at it this way, you can't do anything in hockey if you can't skate. Work on that first and the rest will come.