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    Hydroblading Tips

    Does anyone have any tips for hydroblading?

    I've already asked my coach, but I figured it couldn't hurt to get more advice.

    I finally got to see a recording of myself, and it turns out that my hydroblade is more of an aerobutt.

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    Work on your quad and hamstring strength. It takes a lot to get down low into a nice hydroblading position. Practicing deep edges can't hurt either.

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    Just keep practicing! Work on lots of leg strength, and don’t be afraid to fall- I think I must have set a record for most falls in a session when I was learning my hydro. I promise- once you get it you’ll have it for life, just like riding a bike (as long as you practice regularly, that is). Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by silver.blades View Post
    Work on your quad and hamstring strength. It takes a lot to get down low into a nice hydroblading position. Practicing deep edges can't hurt either.
    Quote Originally Posted by emcnes View Post
    Just keep practicing! Work on lots of leg strength, and don’t be afraid to fall- I think I must have set a record for most falls in a session when I was learning my hydro. I promise- once you get it you’ll have it for life, just like riding a bike (as long as you practice regularly, that is). Good luck!
    Thank you! Do you have any recommendations for quad/hamstring/leg strength exercises that are particularly good for hydroblading?

    Haha, I wouldn't be so sure about that record. (Sadly, I almost get more speed and ice coverage flying across the ice on my bum on the fall afterwards than on the actual hydroblading. )

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    Hold squats down low in “chair” position until you can’t anymore lol. Repeat. Also leg press at the gym will do a lot too. You have to have enough power to get down as low as you can with your free leg sticking out. This won’t be a few day fix. But it will work with consistent strengthening and practise.

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    I like pistol squats and Bulgarian split squats. My two favorite exercises for getting low

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    One tip I haven't seen yet is to work on your back crossover holding the back inside edge after the stroke under for as long as you can - I can't easily get into a hydroblade on land but the deep edge on the ice actually makes it much easier to balance.

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    Hydroblade takes pure strength. And a bit of spine alignment. I am very impatient with squats... the other tip is that just keep going low to the point beyond where you are comfortable. You might have very sore legs the next few days. But after two to three weeks, you will have enough strength to go as low as you want :P

    Also, try to look under your arm inside the circle. It aligns the spine with the direction of travel and makes the hydroblade a lot smoother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jf12 View Post
    One tip I haven't seen yet is to work on your back crossover holding the back inside edge after the stroke under for as long as you can - I can't easily get into a hydroblade on land but the deep edge on the ice actually makes it much easier to balance.
    ^ THIS. I learned to do a right back inside hydroblade by doing nice deep clockwise back crossovers and then holding the last one with the knee very deeply bent and the free leg crossed way under and extending forward instead of behind.

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    Thank you so much, everyone! These all sound like great tips.

    Hopefully it won't take too long to see some improvement. I'll definitely be doing all of the exercises recommended, but I think a huge chunk of the problem was my utterly abysmal body awareness. I tried it out in front of a mirror, and when I actually got into the right position, I couldn't believe how different it felt. I can't believe I ever thought that aerobutt was anywhere near the ice!

    Edit: Wow, having tried it out today the right way, now I know why I've never seen anyone else at my rink hydroblading. It's hard! But I'm already sort of getting the hang of it... sort of...

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