Today I’m going to teach you the basics of ice skating so that you can A) Get an idea of what it is you’re going to get to do, and B) get started doing it. I’ve got a series of instructional videos by Michael Weiss, a three-time U.S. Men’s Champion, two-time World Bronze Medalist, two-time Olympian, World Junior Champion, and World University Champion. He was also the first U.S. man to land a quadruple toe loop in competition. Before we get started I’ve got a few basic tips for you, and then we’ll get straight to learning the six basic jumps.
|a loose pair of jeans, make certain that you choose a pair of skates that fit you (skate size often does not match shoe size!), get expert help (or at least help from someone who already knows how to skate fairly well) if at all possible, plus you should probably|
put some elbow and knee pads on and a helmet–yes, you look silly, but it’s worth avoiding an injury that could put an end to your skating career for a few months before it even has a chance to get started.
Alright, let’s get this party started:
If you’re serious about ice skating I highly recommend a book called Conditioning for Figure Skating: Off-Ice Techniques for On-Ice Performance: it covers proper warm-up drills, flexibility stretches, cooldown routines, strength training exercises, jump and plyometric training programs, and endurance conditioning exercises for on-ice injury prevention.
About.com has got a whole section devoted to ice skating techniques and tips.
Here’s an interesting page from Dave Curtis that explains a lot of the jumps with diagrams, definitely worth a look.
Ever since I hooked an ignition coil up to a car battery and zapped myself I've been interested in 'how-to' do all sorts of things--I put some of them here.