Ice Hockey – Skate Backwards Inside and Outside Edge Drills

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Gold medalist and Fitness trainer Geremi Weiss demonstrates how to skate backwards inside and outside edge drills.

    Geremi Weiss

    Geremi Weiss is a group exercise director for 4 Gold's Gyms in the northern Virginia area. Certified in many formats of exercise instruction, she also holds CPR, and AFAA certifications. Having been an international gold medalist in figure skating as a teenager, Geremi naturally turned to fitness as an adult. Her family owned 2 Gold's Gyms, where she acted as manager, GGX director, and top instructor. The whole family is into fitness, with a father and brother who are US Olympians, a sister who was an international diver; and Geremi's mom also runs group exercise programs for Gold's Gyms. Geremi's expertise in figure skating, hockey and fitness serve her well in her endeavors. She has taught many hockey teams the drills necessary for quick and effective maneuvering; and she currently instructs ice skaters and young hockey buffs at the Reston Skatequest. Her varied athletic background allow her to assist all levels of athletes, both on and off the ice.

    Hi, my name is Geremi Weiss, Im the US International gold medalist in figure skating. Today were learning some basic hockey drills. Raya here is going to show us some backward inside edges. Two ways to do this; you can do them slow and long and lots of deep cut, or you can do them faster and quick. This is a power drill, its called backward inside edges. She is going to start backwards for me and she is going to start alternating her feet, right and left. Notice how her arms are helping her legs and again, these are all on the inside edge of the foot, good, she steps quick. Those were the slow ones, now she is going to speed it up for me. She can gain speed, its almost in a running position, good, and fast back feet, so its one two, one two, excellent. When Raya does her backward inside edges she is always careful to stay towards the front in the ball of her foot, thats exactly where you need to be when youre doing backward inside edges. Make sure you practice this drill going slow and a deep cut and then fast with quicker feet. What were going to be doing is some backward outside edges crossing behind. Were going to be staying on our outside edges the whole time, using our shoulders to rotate against the hips to keep the rhythm moving, and were going to make sure that we stay towards the ball and the front of our foot as we go. Raya here is going to show us how to do this. She is going to step and push behind, getting that little push off that front leg. She is excellent in moving, her shoulders will lead the way, and then her foot follows, good, two more times, down and back. She alternates the feet, each time she lifts the foot in front she is getting a little push and a power off that outside edge. Hockey skaters have a little trouble with the outside edges, so make sure when you are doing this drill, if you do it and you work it a little bit more than the backward inside ones, backward outside edges.