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Old May 29th, 2016, 07:48 PM   #1
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Did anyone have to break the habit of looking down while skating? I've been told I need to hold my head up and look around more. It's hard for me. I have great peripheral vision and I am looking ahead and around with my eyes but my head is a bit lowered. I try to put my head up and it is awkward. Plus I think I just skate in my own world. I'm curious is anyone did this while starting out.
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Old May 29th, 2016, 11:49 PM   #2
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Yer going where yer looking, don't look down
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Old May 30th, 2016, 02:30 AM   #3
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Did anyone have to break the habit of looking down while skating? I've been told I need to hold my head up and look around more. It's hard for me. I have great peripheral vision and I am looking ahead and around with my eyes but my head is a bit lowered. I try to put my head up and it is awkward. Plus I think I just skate in my own world. I'm curious is anyone did this while starting out.
YES! Had a terrible habbit. Yea, your feet are doing such cool things and your not allowed to look. It's not really fair is it?

I finally got over it, but I had to be aware all the time, not just when I skate. Now, when I spin, if I'm not careful I look up too far. Nice and level does the trick.

It takes a lot of conscience effort to get over.

One other thing is to look straight ahead. A session skater gets into the "look only the direction your traveling" habit. When you transiton front to back you should be looking opposite the direction of travel, at least for the duration of the turn. This will help with rotation in the future.
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Old May 30th, 2016, 04:29 AM   #4
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Ok one more thing to really focus on. Making progress. I think.
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Old May 30th, 2016, 05:32 PM   #5
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Try doing circle crossover drills, both CW and CCW.

You will need to look more to left & right than down.
As your lateral balance gets better, spend longer intervals while rolling the circle with just one or other foot down, while still doing your crossovers.

Do the crossovers more slowly (still rolling fast) bit making the leg motions take longer, especially the interval when just one foot is down.

As you get even better, try holding both feet down and rolling the circle HOLDING THE CROSSED OVER position.

Gradually shrink your circle diameter to as small as you can get it.
Smaller circles demand more LEAN, and more lean means looking more toward left/right too.

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Old May 31st, 2016, 04:00 AM   #6
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A habit you need to get over... dangerous one. There was a floor guard at the rink and he had a habit of doing turn stops on inlines and not looking around first and doing it in the lane instead off to the side or at the end of the rink. I was coming up on him in the lane 2 times in a session. Both times he did his thing just as I was deciding which side to go by him on, both times I knocked him down hard. He left me no where to go both times as I was committed by the time he started his spin. Both times he turned into my path. He probably weighed 150 and I hit him at speed, maybe 20mph. I weighed 230 at the time. So be very observant of your surroundings and know what is going on on the floor.
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Old May 31st, 2016, 04:52 AM   #7
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Looking down is fine if your checking proximity in reality for what you think it is when your passing your feet during crossovers or other footwork. Like training proper form and looking at whats going on so you can taylor improvements

However for general skating, it should not be done. You need to watch where your going.
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Old December 17th, 2016, 08:08 PM   #8
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Did anyone have to break the habit of looking down while skating? I've been told I need to hold my head up and look around more. It's hard for me. I have great peripheral vision and I am looking ahead and around with my eyes but my head is a bit lowered. I try to put my head up and it is awkward. Plus I think I just skate in my own world. I'm curious is anyone did this while starting out.
I was trained when skating to skate with a "snub nose" which means hold your head up. Your lucky, you said you have great peripheral vision! I had to develop mine by looking up---- by skating this way you keep your back straight, your weight on your heels and always bent knees!! Trust me it really works---
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