Bending your knees on skates
Part 2 – Why
In the previous article I explored good posture, how to bend your knees, and how to work on increasing that kneebend during normal skating. This article explores why you should bend your knees in more detail, with focus on speed.
Want to go fast?
One of the biggest reasons for major knee bend is that it increases the size of your push. A bigger push means that you will be able to skate faster, all else being the same.
I got my son to take a series of photographs, in three different positions, and from the front and side. The two sets with recreational kneebend resulted in a roughly 50cm baseline push size, whilst the speedskating posture was over 80cm.
All stances were balanced with the pushing leg completely straight, and very little weight on the pushing skate. Although posed, this would […]