Figure Skating Edge Tips: Mr. Bill Drill (Nick Perna)

Nick Perna continues a series of videos covering drills and exercises he uses to help his skaters develop power, agility, coordination, and edge control and awareness.  In the first three videos in this series, Nick taught the Bread Drill, the Banana Drill, the Inside Crab Walk Drill, the Outside Crab Walk Drill, and the Propeller Drill.  In this video, Nick teaches an exercise he calls the Mr. Bill Drill.

The drill essentially is a series of three turns and changes of edge (three turn, change of edge, three turn, change of edge, repeating).  The difficulty in doing the drill is the challenge of generating power prior to the change of edge and getting proper body positioning for the next three turn.

The drill starts on a forward edge and should be done on both inside and outside edges on both feet.  Nick explains where power is generated throughout the sequence with edge “crunches.”  Nick says, “I’ve got an active edge every time I’m generating power.”


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