>>1126596>Any other information you guys have would be great, I'm just starting and I don't really know what to do
mentally divorce yourself from moving like you're walking/running. you don't want to put one foot in front of the other, you have to move completely differently: keep your knees bent and lean a little forward like you could instantly sit down if you wanted to. while one skate stays pointed forward, angle the other skate toe-outward and push backward against the ground. dip your hip as you push off and kick out backwards when your push-skate's leg reaches full extension. shift your weight to the forward-pointing skate. skate-blade, ankle, knee and hip-socket all aligned to bear the weight. as you roll, raise your hip a little but NEVER stiffen up all the way; align the other skate parallel while still rolling. when the rolling starts to slow down, mirror these movements as you shift your weight over to the other side. keep everything rhythmic and fluid.
from the back it will look like your butt is exaggeratedly swaying side-to-side with each gliding motion and a little bit down and then back up with each transition of your weight.
you're not "walking" forwards, you're pushing backwards. your whole body will be moving side-to side. you're not so much trying to go straight forward, you're going slightly diagonal with each push and then correcting course by going diagonal the other way after switching feet.
if you stiffen up, you'll go out of control. when you get scarred, RELAX, sink down into a sitting movement and it should right you. if you're going to fall anyway, just sit all the way down and roll out of it rather than stiffening up, tipping over and splat like a felled tree. that's how you break bones.
t. former ice-rink monitor