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Off ice it’s fairly easy to slow things down. Techni-cords are a proven method for both technical and strength and power training. (see June 04, June 06 tips). The good thing with Techni-cords is that you can use them even when you don’t have a partner by simply attaching them to a railing, or hook in the wall. You can easily change the resistance as well as the speed of movement. They are also very useful in isolating certain parts of each movement that might need improvement, such is pressing in with the right hip repeatedly.
Technical precision is crucial to proper execution and it starts with the basic starting position. Notice how Chae’s hips tucked nicely under him, chest is down, belly close to thigh, back rounded and relaxed, no rotation of shoulders or hips, knee forward past toes. It is absolutely critical to maintain this position throughout the entire drill. One of the biggest mistakes is for the hips to rise up and back during the push. Some skaters do this to take some pressure off the pushing leg (that’s cheating), some don’t even realize they are doing it. You must keep your lower back rounded  so your hips stay under you to maintain pressure good pressure.   

You can also use straps or belts off ice if you have a partner. Both of these devices work very well in helping to lay down initial motor pathways for your muscles and, when used on a regular basis, can really help in laying the foundation for good technical habits on ice.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."