There's a lot of reasons to twist the hips when skating, but as a basic skills skater, it seems easier for me to learn a lot of basic skills if the hips are square.
It's hard to find a picture of basic stroking with twisted hips, instead these are the best illustrations I could find of yoga positions, just so you can get the idea.
|This gives a view of how a hip can twist back|
|You can see here how hips can be square. Notice how|
even they are.
Anyway the physical therapists wanted me to get my hips square while I was stroking. I spent a lot of time on an exercise machine strengthening my gluteus medius to make it happen. After couple of months they succeeded and I was able to stroke with squared hips. It smoothed out my skating and my coach stopped yapping about how the left side skated better than the right side.
Once I got my hips square, I was able to conquer 3 turns. With hips square I stopped flinging my way around the turn, and they became controlled. Without squared hips, I sort of jerked my way around. I'm making progress on my spins as well.
I had a coach who was yapping about my crossovers. Finally, I turned on this coach and I snapped, "Am I the only one that has every coach find a new problem with my crossovers? Crossovers with the arms holding the circle. Crossovers with the arms square. Crossovers with the arms in any position. What do you want me to do, now?"
"Ah," the coach said, "Keep your hips square, and twist your upper body."
So, I did. It made her happy.
Just knowing the next coach will want me to do something different in crossovers, so I'm not holding my breath this is the last crossover 'fix' for me.
Still, keeping my hips square has helped me a lot with my basic skating skills. If I ever stay well enough to advance, I'm sure there's elements where a twisted hip with be the thing to do, but for now, I'm square hips all the way.