Power Machine Drill
Power Machine Drill

Cross-Country Skiing: Power Machines for Better Skating Technique

Pat Aitken for PE Update.com

The Power Machine drill is a great way to introduce your students to the cross-country skating technique.
    To create a Power Machine, simply have one student push a partner from behind.
    This forces the pushing students to  use a skating action since they must push out and back to generate force and avoid hitting their partner with their skis.
    If you give each team a specific destination, you'll force the pushing student to look around their partner on alternate sides which encourages a solid weight transfer from ski to ski.

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A guide to coaching and certification in cross country skiing, Level Two, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011.

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