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World renowned coach Bill Begg shares his vast knowledge of inline speed skating in his "Ask Bill Begg!" column on the Inline Planet.

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Nov. 11, 2009
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Are Big Wheels Really Faster?
Despite the longevity of a few 80mm records, Coach Begg delivers a verdict in favor of 110s.
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Nov. 4, 2009
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Is Interval Training a Big Deal?
You better believe it, says Coach Begg and goes on to outline a seasonal training program.
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Oct. 28, 2009
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Best Offseason Training?
How's a skater supposed to stay in shape during the offseason ... Coach Begg offers two options.
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Oct. 14, 2009
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How to Train
Coach Begg advises a skater on how to design a training program for short and long distances.
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Sept. 10, 2009
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Best Setup for Small Feet?
Coach Begg helps a skater decide on the best size wheels and frames for her comeback.
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Sept. 2, 2009
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Aligning Your Frames
Coach Begg advises a skater who's struggling with aligning the frames of his road skates.
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Aug. 26, 2009
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Wheels for Singapore?
Coach Begg says harder is not better when it comes to wheels for hot roads.
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Aug. 20, 2009
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Training for Hills
How to get ready for hills when there are no hills around.
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Aug. 13, 2009
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How Do I Build Power?
Coach Begg advises a skater on how to build speed and power on inline skates.
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Aug. 5, 2009
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Inline and Ice ... Together?
Coach Begg says children can bounce between inline and ice — but for some adults, it's choose or lose.
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July 29, 2009
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How We Doing?
Inline skating may have hit a rough patch, but Bill Begg sees plenty of cause for hope.
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July 23, 2009
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Can You Coach Me?
Coach Begg says, "Sure." But you'll have to fly halfway around the world or work with his better half.
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July 15, 2009
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Best Wheels for Marathons?
Coach Begg helps a skater sort through the dizzying variety of inline racing wheels.
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July 8, 2009
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Recovering From a Knee Injury
Coach Begg advises a skater on how to get rolling after surgery on his bum knee.
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July 2, 2009
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Bearing Down on Bearings
Ask the coach a little question about skate bearings and he replies with a history!
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June 24, 2009
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Why Is My Kid Pronating?
Coach Begg talks about wayward ankles and what to do about them.
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June 17, 2009
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To Shim or Not to Shim?
Coach Begg advises a skater on frame alignment and how to use shims to cure pronation.
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June 11, 2009
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Training Solo
Coach Begg outlines a training strategy for a skater who, like many of us, works out alone.
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June 3, 2009
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Why Did My Son Slow Down?
Coach Begg tries to unravel the mystery of the new skate meltdown.
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May 28, 2009
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Six Steps to Speed
Coach Begg spells out the six things you need to learn to go fast.
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May 21, 2009
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Should I Buy Skates for my Kids?
Coach Begg advises a parent who wants to buy skates for 5-year-old twin girls.
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May 6, 2009
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Should I Learn Double Push?
Coach Begg teases fact from fiction and gets you started with this powerful technique.
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May 6, 2009
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Preseason Training and Intervals
Coach Begg says you'll never get to the top of the tree without interval training.
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April 29, 2009
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How Often Should I Train?
The coach advises a skater on how to get the most out of his limited training time.
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April 22, 2009
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Should I Get Low-Cuff Skates?
The coach helps a skater choose between half-cuff boots or full-on racing skates.
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April 15, 2009
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Growing the Sport
The coach has a wide ranging Q&A about the sport of inline skating.
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April 8, 2009
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King of the Hill
The coach reveals the secrets of the world's top hill climbers.
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Nov. 13, 2008
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Speeding It Up
Coach Begg helps a skater figure out what's holding him back from going as fast as the pros.
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Oct. 28, 2008
Wheels for Sprinting?
Coach Begg helps a skater choose a wheel setup for sprinting indoors.
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Sept. 25, 2008
Skating Back-to-Back Events
Coach Begg says you need to listen to your body when competing in two events in a row.
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Sept. 23, 2008
How to Buy Skates for Kids
Coach Begg talks about what to look for when buying speed skates for children.
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Sept. 18, 2008
What Happened to Mantia?
Coach Begg unravels the mysteries of the 2008 World Championship marathon in Spain.
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July 30, 2008
What About Knee Bend?
Coach Begg says what you do with your backside is more important than how much you bend your knees.
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July 22, 2008
How Do the Pros Stop?
They wouldn't be caught dead with heel brakes ... so how do the top pros slow down?
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June 4, 2008
Fixing a Faulty Underpush
Coach Begg provides pointers on how to get maximum power out of your underpush.
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May 19, 2008
Are Ceramic Bearings Worth It?
Is it worth shelling out big bucks for ceramic bearings? ... Coach Begg is not so sure.
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March 11, 2008
How to Heal a Toe Push
Coach Begg provides the fix for toe pushers and offers his slant on knee bend in this week's column.

Feb. 5, 2008
What's 'Kick the Ball'?
Coach Begg explains the cornering drill and gives advice about boots for a flat-footed skater.

Jan. 31, 2008
Too Much, Too Soon?
A concerned dad wants to know if his daughter skates too much; a coach has a question about rounded backs.

Jan. 10, 2008
Where Can I Skate in New Zealand?
The coach provides a skate guide to his homeland and explains the process of choosing wheels.

Dec. 19, 2007
Pronating Pros! ... What's Up?
The coach untangles the riddle of boot height and pronation and talks about cross-training in this week's column.

Dec. 3, 2007
Women Stars of the WIC
As Bill says, "Who was who and who done what in the 2007 World Inline Cup."

Nov. 6, 2007
Speeding Up Your Sprint
Coach Begg answers your questions about how to reach higher top end speeds and returning after a back injury.

Oct. 30, 2007
World Cup Wrap-up
Who was who and who did what in the 2007 World Inline Cup.

Oct. 23, 2007
Help for Daughter?
Coach Begg offers advice to a Brazilian man who is helping his daughter become a speed skater.

Oct. 15, 2007
Are Big Feet Better?
Coach Begg answers your questions about foot size and protein supplements.

Oct. 1, 2007
Race Food and Hips
Coach Begg answers your questions about race food and hip stability in this week's column.

Sept. 06, 2007
Taking It to the Next Level
The world's top coach offers advice on how to pick up the pace and prepare yourself for breakaways.

Aug. 15, 2007
Can Anyone Stop Colombia?
Bill devotes this week's column to a preview of the World Championships in Cali, Colombia.

Aug. 6, 2007
Double Push Revealed!
The world's top speed coach unravels the mysteries of double push in this week's column.

July 18, 2007
Does Creatine Help Skaters?
This week the coach answers questions about the performance supplement, frame position and ... you guessed it! ... wedges.

July 3, 2007
Speed or Marathon Skates?
Coach Begg answers your questions about what skates to buy, ankle pain and wedges.

June 14, 2007
Timing the Underpush
This week, the world's top coach answers your questions about underpush and properly transferring weight from foot to foot.

June 7, 2007
Hills, Knee Kissing and Super Freak
The coach answers your questions about hill climbing, knee kissing and that "once in a decade freak" Chad Hedrick.

May 29, 2007
Hips, Bearings and Big Wheels
Skating's top coach talks about closing the hips, rain bearings, wheel size and much more in this week's column.

May 21, 2007
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