Quick Tips For A Great Skate!
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Quick Tips For A Great SkateThe following is some basic information about the benefits of inline skating and a few quick tips to help you make the most of your skating experience: Skating to Get Fit or Stay Fit Skating for fitness is the reason why many people choose to skate. Which, by the way, is a really great reason! Skating is a full-body, easy-on-the-joints workout that can improve cardiovascular respiratory function, muscle strength and endurance and body composition. Skating takes us out of the fitness center and allows us to move freely into beautiful (think parks) or exciting (think city/urban) outdoor settings. A Good Pair of Skates To start your training you will need a good pair of skates. When it comes to skates, for the most part, "you get what you pay for" and it is best to find a pair that fit properly and are of high quality. For just starting out I suggest the Rollerblade Macroblade or Zetrablade for adults and Spitfire Cube for kids. Mastering the Basics The success of any fitness routine is based on one’s ability to carry it out. So where do you start? Mastering some of the basics of moving, stopping, and turning will give you the confidence to take your skating to the parks and streets where you can skate for longer periods of time improving your level of fitness. Slowly building your confidence in negotiating your surroundings while on skates will help ensure that your time on skates is safe and enjoyable. Basic Forward Skating Are you doing the “moon walk” when trying to skate? If so, to keep all eight wheels in contact with the skating surface, push down on the inside edges and through to the heels of the skates. The added pressure will help keep the wheels on the ground throughout the stroke and allow for a more powerful push. Also remember, “Knee bend is your friend.” Soft knees are more forgiving then locked knees while skating. For better balance, power and maneuverability keep the knees slightly bent while skating. Striding Stage 1, Striding Stage 2 Improve Skating Technique Are you already comfortable on your skates but just aren’t feeling the rhythm and flow that you see in other more accomplished skaters? You can attain that look of effortlessness that you are envying, you really can! It is just about proper skating technique and more time on your skates. Looking like a “pro” will take some time, but you can make some immediate changes to your technique that will improve your efficiency, rhythm and overall flow. The following are just a few basic suggestions:
- Too increase the power of stroke and the length of your stride lower your skating stance. The deeper the knee bend the more power in the push. Increasing knee bend will result in a more powerful stroke, which in turn, will increase the length and efficiency of the stride.
- Are you pushing equally with both legs? Most people don’t and even the most proficient skating athlete can tell you his or her “weak” side. Try the simple drill below to improve skating posture and stride technique for a more powerful stroke and more balanced stride
One leg Squat Push
Purpose: Improves strength, balance and stride technique
- Begin with the skates together and the hands on one knee in a low squat position.
- Push one skate out to the side until fully extended
- Lift the leg off the ground and regroup the skates under the body.
- Repeat a minimum of 10 times on each side.