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Events for Skaters / Re: Lake Placid Adult Camps
« Last post by skategeek on April 17, 2017, 07:42:48 PM »
Just registered for June!
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: "Just for me" goals
« Last post by ChristyRN on April 17, 2017, 06:54:28 PM »
Any spin would work, but I dream of a layback. Just for me, not for competition or testing. I think they are the most beautiful spin, especially when the raised hand is perfectly centered and doesn't move.
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: "Just for me" goals
« Last post by Meli on April 17, 2017, 06:32:54 PM »
I would LOVE a hydroblade! Maybe one day...
 ;D You can get a blow up bathtub on ebay or if you have more room & more money to spend you can get a portable hot tub

My mom actually got a portable hot tub a few years back & loved it, she had the Colman brand one from Wal-mart.
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: "Just for me" goals
« Last post by AgnesNitt on April 16, 2017, 06:32:47 PM »
I've seen a Norwegian skater in her fifties do a hydroblade. At 29 you're still young. At 65 I'd have to have 3 knee surgeries.
Off-Ice Training for Skaters / Yoga stretch bands are great!
« Last post by Query on April 16, 2017, 05:47:27 PM »
I've always had trouble stretching certain things, because I'm not flexible enough for body weight to be very useful in forcing the stretch.

E.g., If my legs are straight out in front of me, I can't sit up quite straight. That means all the most common forward bend stretches, e.g.,

that rely on my body weight to pull me forward, don't work.

One stretch technique does work somewhat - the Yoga plow position,

I can't go as far as in that picture, but the weight of my legs helps somewhat. But that places a lot of pressure on the part of the spine that is in my neck, which I fear to be unsafe. In addition, it is hard for me to arch my back backwards in that position, which means I am potentially creating a forward bend in the cervical spine, and potentially placing pressure on the nerves in the spine - neither supposed to be a good idea in long stretches.

So for the most part, I just gave up on this. But the muscles that are short limit my ability to do a lot of things.

But the idea of a Yoga stretch cord is great. I can use a piece of webbing (which works best, because it has a lot of surface area to spread out the force), a rope, or even a few ganged stretch bands (though that is clumsy). (I tried to order a commercially made one from Amazon, with multiple loops pre-tied - something that looked like this,

but cheaper - but Amazon was out of stock and cancelled the order. So I improvised.)

I loop it around my foot or feet, and pull on the other end (perhaps looped around my hand, or I can tie a loop) to bring myself forward. I can still arch my back backards a bit to prevent excessive forward spinal curvature.

I've found the band works well for a number of other stretches I find difficult.

Such a simple idea, that works so well!

My gym ran free classes yesterday, and I took Yoga. I asked the instructor about stretch bands. First she warned me not to do anything dangerous, and overstretch something. (Presumably she is worried about destabilizing a joint, and/or creating a dislocation.) Then she admitted she used them too. Her reason was different. She is SO flexible that the ordinary poses don't help her stretch. She needs to pull on something to go any deeper.

P.S. Other people have mentioned Yoga stretch bands on this forum before. But they were new to me.
The Pro Shop / Re: Review of Riedell 255 Motion and Eclipse Astra Blades
« Last post by lillian641 on April 16, 2017, 03:05:16 PM »
I also have the 255 motion, 7 wide, that I got this past year. I actually needed less arch support for my feet to be comfortable, I actually switched out the insole for a flat felt one. Taking out the insoles made my feet more comfortably immediately. The original insoles made my arches cramp after only about 20-30 minutes of skating. I tried several insoles we had around the house, but the felt from my old skates was most comfortable. I did also have them heat molded & several areas stretched.
The Pro Shop / Re: Minor scuffs/skate tape
« Last post by lillian641 on April 16, 2017, 02:53:41 PM »
The floor tape I used from dollar tree stretches pretty well & contoured to the curves of my skate pretty easily. I was able to stretch it without getting ripples on the inside of the curve. I was able to lift it up & reposition it as I need & it has stood up well to skating. The adhesive isn't as tacky as electrical tape & doesn't seem to leave any residue.
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: "Just for me" goals
« Last post by davincisop on April 16, 2017, 10:42:54 AM »
I don't think backwards lunges are all that good looking anyways..... I used to be able to do the forward to backward one, but haven't done them in years.

My goal is a solid outside spread eagle. It's taken be about 6 years to get my hips to open up to where they need to be, and now it's just a little more confidence to hold it on a true outside edge rather than awkward flats. But the dudes I skate with at my rink are impressed and excited because soon I'll be able to do them around the ice with them lol.

I also want to get a low hydroblade. I figure I'm not jumping anymore, so I want to pad my skills with things that you don't normally see adult skaters do. :) And at 29, I still feel I'm young enough to accomplish that.
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: "Just for me" goals
« Last post by Live2Sk8 on April 15, 2017, 07:19:35 PM »
Ditto on danger of backward lunge.  A young skater at my rink caught her blade and tore a ligament.  Ended her skating career.
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