Edge pulls can be performed either forwards or backwards. In a series of forward edge pulls, the free foot is typically held in front of the skating foot, and slightly raised. In backward edge pulls, the free foot is held behind the skating foot.
Edge pulls are considered a fairly basic moves in the field skating skill and appear most commonly in competitive skating programs as a means to maintain or gain speed in step sequences performed on one foot. They are also a common part of skaters' warm-up repertoire. The USFSA moves in the field tests include power pulls in several incarnations at the Pre-Juvenile, Junior and Senior tests.