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Backwards Skating Basics
Categories: Recreational

By: Candice Heiden

One of the most requested skills that I get asked to teach is backwards skating, so I figured it would make a great series of tutorial videos. Here is the first of a three part series that will take you from no experience in backwards skating, all the way to backwards cross overs (cross-pulls).

The first step towards becoming a great backwards skater is learning and perfecting the Backwards March as demonstrated in this video.

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Here’s a brief rundown of how to get started Backwards Skating:

1. Position feet with toes inward and heels out keeping bent knees and a straight back.
2. Alternate lifting your knees while maintaining the foot position in Step 1
3. DO NOT walk backwards, only lift knees straight up and down
4. Once this is comfortable, begin applying more force and take a longer push

Common mistakes include:
-looking down at the feet
-leaning forward
-walking backwards (looks like a chicken walk..hehe )
-moving feet out of the backwards skating position
-sliding feet on the ground instead of lifting them

Best of luck and check back for the next step in Backwards Skating Basics

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  • http://www.facebook.com/layersbyliv Jesse Liv Buchan Crosby


    where can i find the other two videos?

    • Candice


      Hey Jesse!  They’re on the way, I’m still editing the second two.  Hope you enjoy :)

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  • Tasty333


    Hi Candice…I posted it for my neice Isabella who is 9 & she loved it. Can’t wait for 2 & 3. :) BTW this is a great page…keep up the good work. Love your passion for skating!

    • http://werollerskate.com -C


      Hi Tasty!

      I’m so glad the video is helpful and so happy to hear you have a little niece who enjoys roller skating! I’d love to see some pics or video of her :)

      xo Candice

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