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TV Anchor Jenna Wolfe's Ice Skating Lessons from an Olympic Skater

Fitness fanatic and NBC Weekend Today anchor Jenna Wolfe, 35, got an ice skating lesson from an Olympic skater.

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"It Looks So Easy!"

Jenna hadn't skated since age 12. Luckily, JoJo Starbuck, a two-time Olympian and World bronze medalist, teaches twice-weekly classes at the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink. JoJo gave Jenna three rules to follow on the ice.

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Ice Skating Rule 1: Stay Centered

First, JoJo told Jenna the most common mistake newbie skaters make. They lean forward in an attempt to balance, but it's actually better to stand tall.

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Ice Skating Rule 2: Fall Back

Jenna learned the hard way -- if you're going down, it's best to land on your butt. Your tush provides padding to cushion the blow.

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Ice Skating Rule 3: Skate Fast

When you move quickly, you gain momentum, which helps you keep your balance. Here, Jenna and JoJo do crossovers (crossing one skate in front of the other to gain speed while following a curve).

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Balance Team

Once Jenna had the basics down, JoJo taught her some super-cool moves, like skating on one leg.

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Spin Cycle

Jenna's favorite move that she learned was the spin. She and JoJo clasped hands, pointed their skates outward, and spun faster and faster.

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Your Turn

In NYC? Try JoJo's Cool Workout class yourself -- it's at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through mid-April (details at jojostarbuck.com).

Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, February 2010.

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