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We beginners must put our sartorial elegance on ice….so to speak, just until we have mastered the fancy footwork.

In the meantime, our focus is on comfort and wearing clothes that will not restrict our movement during skating lessons.

Ladies typically opt to wear leggings, simply because they are not too expensive and allow us to move freely and comfortably.

Leggings for training - www.planeticicle.com


Gents tend to wear tracksuits; again for comfort and ease of movement.

Tracksuit bottoms - www.richmondclassics.com


“Feel comfortable”

Believe it or not, some rinks can actually become quite warm.

So how do we get around this?

I suggest taking the ‘layered’ approach. Wear a vest, t-shirt, long sleeved top and a fleece jacket. This way if it becomes too hot, just shed a layer to feel more comfortable.

Conversely, if it becomes exceptionally cold, the multiple layers should shield you from the chill.

“Warm up”

It is worth remembering, that our muscles need to be warm for us to give our best performance. A brief warm up before you get on the ice, should reduce the likelihood of experiencing foot cramp.

Believe me, experiencing foot cramp is not ideal, especially if you happen to be in the middle of the rink.

“What about the skating boots?”

I would not advocate going out in a mad rush to buy skating boots, until after your fourth lesson. I shall discuss buying skates in greater detail in a future post.

In the meantime, you can hire a pair of skating boots at the rink at a reasonable price.

Please feel free to share your ideas/suggestions on how to keep warm or cool on the rink.