Key Skating Terms

The Following terms and definitions are taken from The Inline Certification Program Level 1 Manual.™  These terms will be referenced in skating drill and skill explanations throughout the Mobile Yoga Workout.

Ready Position

The ready position is the most comfortable and stable position to be on while on skates.  Begin by standing with the feel shoulder width apart. The ankles, knees, and hips should be slightly flexed with the shoulders comfortably forward. Hands and arms should be within view. There should be an imaginary line from the middle of the foot through the hips to the shoulders.

Stroking

Stroking is the process by which a skater propels forward or backward. Stroking technique can help to control speed. The stroke is the process by which the skater incorporates pressure application and edging into the “pushing” part of a stride. The stroke’s efficiency can take you long distances with minimal effort.

Inside Edge

The side of wheel which is closest to the center line of body.

Outside Edge

The side of wheel which is furthest from the center line of the body.

Glide

Similar to coasting but with propulsion. A particular time frame in the striding maneuver, when one stroke has finished and before another stroke is started.

Striding

The execution of a stride is accomplished with proper balance over an alternating support leg while combining stroking and gliding into a continuous fluid motion.

Action Leg/Free Leg

The leg usually opposite the support leg that does the “action” portion of the skill.

Support Leg/Skating Leg

The leg on which a greater amount of the skater’s weight is balanced.

Striding

Continuous combination of strokes and glides which propel a skater forward or backward.