Tips and Tricks #6

Now it is time to learn how to gain speed by pushing.

To gain speed: The easier it gets to roll, the more speed you will want to gain. There are a few tricks to do so. The first is mainly to keep your upper body still. As a reminder, your skates are on your feet, which means no amount of motion with your arms or head will help you gain speed, it is all to do with the way you push. Again, you will want to bend your knees, think of the wheel that is directly under your big toe being the last wheel to leave the ground. Pushing off of a flat foot helps you learn how to roll, but using each wheel to your advantage and pressing on that last big toe wheel will propel you forward much quicker.

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