Exercise – Basic Pushing / Stroking

Stroking is a fundamental skating movement, literally meaning pushing with the blade or blade propulsion. So, “stroking” translates to skating.

To achieve greater power and speed in pushing, it’s essential that the knee of the skating leg is bent, providing more stability in forward movement, and the body weight is centered over that knee.

The free leg, the one not on the ice, is equally important. A common mistake is when the skater pushes backward with only the toe of the blade instead of the entire inner edge. It is crucial, both for balance and pushing strength, to execute the movement with the full edge and lift the leg at a 45-degree angle after the push.

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