Need Recreational Ice Skates? Figure Skates?
Figure Skating has been
practiced in one form or another for hundreds of years, and is
enjoyed by people of all ages across the world. Whether you are an
avid figure skater or a beginner, we will provide you with some
useful tips, and connect you to a great selection of quality
skates, and other figure skating equipment. We will also provide
some guidance for figure skating lessons, figure skating moves,
jumps, and spins. Plus, we’ll look at the history of figure skating,
and offer some tips for how to build an outdoor ice skating rink. We
also provide a nationwide list of ice skating rinks to help you find
the rink nearest you.
Figure skates are specifically designed so figure skaters can
perform figure skating jumps, spins and other figure skating moves.
The figure skate boot is normally made from leather to accommodate
the skater’s need for flexibility around the ankle. Figure skates
have a sharp blade that extends beyond the back of the ice skate
boot, and has a toe-pick on the front for performing jumps and other
figure skating moves. To learn more about figure ice skates, please
see our Ice Skates page. For a great selection of figure skates,
please see Figure Skates.
Figure Skating Lessons:
If you are interested in learning figure skating moves for
recreation, or for competition, we recommend you locate a qualified
instructor, and take figure skating lessons. Why take figure skating
lessons? First and foremost, you will learn the correct figure
skating techniques. Second, you will have a qualified figure skating
instructor to guide you through movements to ensure you are using
the proper form. Third, you will likely learn to figure skate much
quicker. Lastly, figure skating lessons will help you avoid forming
bad habits that will keep you from reaching your figure skating
potential. For more figure skating lesson information, please see
Figure Skating Lessons.
Figure Skating Moves:
To perform good figure skating moves, it is helpful to have agility,
flexibility, balance, and the ability of ice skating on an edge.
But, if you do not feel you have a good grasp on all of these
skating attributes, don’t be discouraged. You can still learn and
successfully perform some of the basic figure skating moves, you may
just have to work a little harder. For more information, please see
Figure Skating Moves.
Figure Skating Spins:
Figure skating spins are identified by figure skaters spinning or
twirling on a single spot (normally). The ability to perform figure
skating spins requires excellent balance, and the ability to
withstand the dizziness that inevitability comes with spinning.
There are many different types of figure skating spins, and multiple
variations for each spin. Figure skating spins can be performed as
sitting spins, upright spins, flying spins, traveling spins, on one
or two feet, and forwards or backwards. For more information on
figure skating spins, please see
Figure Skating Spins.
Figure Skating Jumps:
Figure skating jumps are identified by the take-offs and the number
of rotations in the air. The two common types of figure skating
jumps are edge jumps and toe jumps. Edge jumps are figure skating
jumps that originate from the edge of the ice skate’s blade.
History of Figure
people discovered the exhilarating art of figure skating, the world
forever changed the way it viewed ice skating. The British enjoyed
this new found pleasure and took great pride in perfecting their
moves. By the middle of the 17th century, a group of
Scotts formed the first known skating club. European colonists or
the English military personnel likely introduced ice skating to
America and Canada in the mid 1700s. By 1849, the “Philadelphia
Skating Club and Humane Society” was formed as America’s first known
figure skating club. For more on the history of figure skating,
please see History of Figure Skating.
How to Build a Backyard Ice Rink:
Learning how to build a backyard ice rink can be an excellent project for
the entire family. It also provides a great place to practice your
figure skating moves. For more information on how to build a
skating rink, please see
Backyard Ice Rinks.
Health Benefits of Figure Skating:
offers outstanding health benefits for both the mind and body. Body:
Figure skating provides the skater with an outstanding
cardiovascular workout. In addition, figure skating helps build
strong muscles, increases flexibility, endurance, balance, stamina
and coordination. Mind: Figure skating can be a wonderful escape
from a lot of the daily stresses many people experience. Figure
skating also builds confidence and can improve an individual’s level
of concentration. For more information about the health benefits of
figure skating, please see
Places to Figure Skate:
instructors can be found all across the United States. To find a
figure skating instructor, click on our
Ice Skating Rinks
locator, then call the ice skating rink nearest you for
additional information. If you know of an ice skating rink that is
not on the list, please complete the form (at the bottom of all of
our ice skating rink pages) and we will gladly add it.