This page or combination of pages is to try to maximize transference thus maximizing training time and effort. I will provide animations / pictures as often as possible so as to clarify actual training technique relative to MSEs (micro-skill elements).


What I will endeavor to do is to put together exercises and place them on this page that specifically target the MSEs  of a skill set (the knee action on recovery after extension on the crossover for example). This page will be quite extensive so please be patient with the loading and of course as the information becomes more in depth I will isolate particular skating elements on the index page so that you can move directly to the desired skill.


As we can see in the above diagram, there are many micro-skill elements involved in the acceleration process. There are 19 shown here and several that are not. However, as this diagram demonstrates, we are only focusing on the "V" acceleration start. To follow will be the Crossover acceleration start. Backward acceleration will be covered on another page.


 "V" Start - Top View


 O - Entry Height

Entry height describes the  overall starting position specific to upright body position and is determined by hip, knee and ankle flexion as well as forward lean. Angle of thrust on the primary, secondary and third step is dramatically effected by entry height variables.



A - Distribution of Weight (Body Alignment)



B - Hip Rotation (primary foot)


C - Hip Flexion (primary foot) is directly related to body alignment as shown below. 


D - Knee Flexion (primary foot) is directly related to thrust angle of primary step.

E - Ankle Flexion (primary foot) is directly related to thrust angle of primary step.


F/G - Primary Leg and Hip Extension