Gear up. Before you get out on the ice, you need to put on your skates. Don't worry about buying your own gear right away. You can rent your gear until you're sure you want to figure skate for a long time.
- Make sure you rent skates that fit. They should feel very snug but they shouldn't make your feet tingle or hurt.
- You'll also want to be sure you lace them tight enough. You should not be able to roll your ankle.
- You should also learn how to get up or at least get out of the way quickly. You don't want other people to run in to you.
- Practice letting your muscles relax and shake your leg around. You can also get your knees loose by crouching just a very small amount.
- Though the way you balance is different, you might want to learn this basic motion on street rollerblades before learning it on the ice. It is easier and can help keep you from hurting yourself.
- You can also do a T stop, which is done by turning one of your blades into a T shape with the other blade and angling it away from the direction you're moving in.
- Practice this to get to a point where it looks graceful and natural. This will be the basic movement between all of the tricks and movements you will do when figure skating, so you want to do it well.
Part 2Learning the Basic Moves
- Learn how to move backwards. The very first "move" you will learn as a figure skater will almost always be how to move backwards. This is a lead in to many figure skating tricks and is an important skill to learn and master. It takes coordination and practice but be patient: you'll get it.
- For the basics on how to move backwards, imagine reversing the motions of moving forward. With your weight on one foot, make a motion with your other foot like you're drawing a lemon in the ice, pushing yourself backwards and you round the curve of the "lemon".
- Learn how to turn. Making sharp turns, or even just the gentle turn of the skating rink, is an important skill for a figure skater. Another early skill you will learn is how to do slightly more complex ways of making turns than the simple way you probably learned on your own.There are two common methods for doing turns that you will learn early on:
- Forward crossovers are used for making large turns and building up momentum for jumps. Essentially, you will make the same motions that you do to move forward, but your legs will cross each other, slowly turning you. You can also do this same move backwards, although you should start with the forward movement.
- The three turn is another method of turning, used for doing sharp turns and changes of direction. This is more complex but still very doable for a beginner.
- There are many different kinds of spins in figure skating and several of them are not as hard as they look. You'll probably be ready to do spins after about a year's worth of mastering the other moves.
- A basic spin is done by spinning in a circle in one place.
- A spiral is done by spinning with one leg and your upper body parallel to the ice.
- Learn basic sequences. There are some series of movements or tricks that are standard in figure skating. This is called footwork and usually consists of a set of turns, spins, and jumps. Different sequences have different names and you'll want to learn some of the most basic sequences.
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