The Secret to Balance, Speed, and Power

Skating tip

by Jeremy Rupke on December 6, 2013

Do you keep falling over, do you get off balance, are you easily knocked off the puck? You should be more like Sidney Crosby, his personal trainer explains he’s so hard to knock off the puck because he stays low

This is the second article in our how to skate series and it covers a very important aspect of skating. We covered this in our first video, however I wanted to expand on it to really drive the point home. In the first video we talked about the importance of knee bend, and in this video we talk about the importance of staying low throughout your stride.

If  you want more power, better balance, and a smoother stride it is important to stay low and maintain a good knee bend. Many players start low, but then end up coasting. Remember to always be ready, you have to be low, it helps with speed, balance, agility, and power.

Maintain Good Knee Bend for more Power

More Skating Tips for a better stride

  • How far should you bend your knees? With equipment on, and knees properly bent, you should not be able to see the toes of your skates. Remember to keep your weight over your skates, like in the video.
  • Good knee bend is important for a powerful stride, but be sure to maintain the knee bend in all maneuvers (crossovers, turning, accelerating, stopping)
  • Chances are your legs are too straight when you skate. If you get a chance record yourself skating for a shift and watch it later.
  • Remember to get a full extension with each stride, and recover quickly
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