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Old 02-01-2012, 08:40 AM   #1
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Default ...ice skating agility!

How to improve your ice skating agility; skating forwards, skating backwards, right turns, left turns, stops and starts, getting comfy with your skating ability?

Here's what works for me? Go get yourself a four legged aluminum lightweight walker from somewhere such as a yard sale, thrift store, or out in the garage of a deceased uncle or someone who will no longer be using it. Typically, each walker leg comes with a large rubber crutch tip and you want to remove them and replace with four vinyl tips. For some reason, vinyl glides across the ice much much better than rubber, and the Heath Hardware in Center Harbor sells a four-pak of 1 1/8" white or black vinyl tips for about 2.59 so it is not too expensive.

Once you have your walker adapted for ice and adjusted to your height then just get out on the ice and practice, practice, practice, & practice; forward, backward, right, left, stops & starts......and pretty quickly....you will see your ice skating agility get better, faster, stronger, and more in control!

Probably, you want to wear a helmet while pushing your ice skating skills, and a bicycle helmet works good.

Both the Waterville Valley rink and PSU rink in Plymouth will usually allow you to use a walker as an ice skating trainer tool.
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