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bladesofgorey

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I would be very surprised if that’s the case. Anytime I’ve taught adult learn to skate, there may be a couple of younger adults, usually with young kids they want to skate with, but it’s mostly older adults. That’s who has time and money to do it, IME.
That's been my experience too- a lot of newly retired people. If not hang in there and you'll probably have more same-age company in subsequent sessions.
 

overedge

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Other adults are waiting for you to make the first move!
^^So true.

Plus, LTS instructors love to teach adults of any age. Adults are there because they want to be there (not because their mommy has Olympic dreams and is forcing them to be there), they listen to what the coach says, they ask good questions, and they practice what they learn.
 

livetoskate

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Have a great time! It could be the start of a lifelong hobby. Years ago when I lived in the area, I had lessons also at Fairfax Ice Arena with Irina Chilova. Not sure if she's still there but I remember Nick Perna coaching a lot of the competitive kids there. Hope you keep us updated on your progress!
 

sk8pics

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Plus, LTS instructors love to teach adults of any age. Adults are there because they want to be there (not because their mommy has Olympic dreams and is forcing them to be there), they listen to what the coach says, they ask good questions, and they practice what they learn.
Yep. I know a lot of coaches who liked teaching adults. Because the adults showed up, they practiced, they listened (mostly, anyway, LOL) and they paid their bills.

Oleg Ovsiannikov taught some adults when he was in Delaware and I know at least one of them really loved taking from him. He was very kind to me as well, and very supportive.
 

Traviscwright

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I’m glad that you have decided to pursue skating in your retirement years. I think you should invest your money in a pair of edea skates . They are the top of the line ice skates in the world. They make you feel comfortable and confident, and help you learn faster. They are not that expensive. If you really want to excel at ice skating, invest some money and buy yourself a pair.
 

gkelly

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You should buy whichever brand fits your foot shape best. Get fitted by a pro, and get a boot strength that will take you through the skill level you expect to achieve in the first few years, but not beyond.

Fairfax has a decent pro shop that carries several brands of skates:
 

PRlady

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You should buy whichever brand fits your foot shape best. Get fitted by a pro, and get a boot strength that will take you through the skill level you expect to achieve in the first few years, but not beyond.

Fairfax has a decent pro shop that carries several brands of skates:
Thanks! So I should make an appt to be fitted?
 

Moto Guzzi

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If everyone else is younger than 30 I will feel awful but I will check it out.
I started skating as an adult and took group lessons at Fairfax Ice Arena from pre alpha through FS 3. Nearly every class I was in, particularly the beginning ones, had mostly adults.

Definitely see Jimmy for skate fitting and sharpenings. He is really good.

I skated at Fairfax for years but now live halfway across the country. I miss going there.
 

Bunny Hop

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I'm back on the ice after more than 2 years (too many rinks here were total sh**shows with COVID), and while I've lost a lot of skills, I'm just happy to be skating. If I can just glide and do some edgework a couple days of week, I'll be a happy camper considering I'm in my 60s now.
That's basically what I do nowadays. Edges, some low level dances, and (with a lot of help from my coaches) learning some of the more difficult turns. My pace is now slightly faster than glacial - I consider this an achievement. :lol:
If everyone else is younger than 30 I will feel awful but I will check it out.
Forget how old everyone else is, and don't compare yourself or your progress to anyone else. You are there to enjoy yourself and learn something new. What everyone else is doing is irrelevent.
 

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