Rollerblading or inline skating is a healthy and fun sports activity that is suitable for most people. It’s proven to have significant benefits on your health, more specifically, the cardiovascular system and the respiratory system. Hence, it’s a popular sport favored by many people.
However, if you’re planning on getting into inline skating, there are few things you’ll need to know that would make your journey easier. Find out all about it with our comprehensive guides on how to rollerblade the right way.
Like everything else, always start by preparing yourself with the essential knowledge and equipment.
A good pair of inline skates and protection gears
Start by choosing a good pair of rollerblade and some protection gears. Now, we won’t go on the details about choosing them, but make sure they have decent quality and fits you perfectly. Once you’ve got everything ready, it’s time to start skating.
You should begin your lesion at a fairly clear space and on a smooth platform like asphalt or concrete. This would prevent you from hitting on people while practicing and give you a level platform to work with. And if possible, a grass field would be a perfect place to practice rollerblade.
Wear your protection gears properly, make sure they cover vital areas like knees, hands, elbows, and most importantly, your head. This would ensure your safety even when falling hard. Also, keep your skates tight to the feet, especially at the ankle area. If you wear your rollerblades loosely, you would likely to feel wobbly when standing on them. Hence, remember to tighten your buckles really tight. In additions, you can wear ankle-high shock to make sure the skates are fit.
Stand up and starting position
From your sitting position, you need to lean forward using your labs and shins. Make sure you really press the shins forward and use it to propel you up. Then, slowly stand up on the skates. Keep your legs firmly on the ground and maintain a good balance on the upper body. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to get into the starting position.
Since your starting position is really important when it comes to skating, you need to make sure you do it perfectly. While standing on the floor with both legs firmly on the skates, you need to slowly lower your stance. Press your knees and shins forward to make sure your feet are pushing to the front of the skate. Position your knees straight on top of your toes.
On top of that, you will also have to keep your legs close together to ensure a balanced stance. Ideally, both of your feet shouldn’t be too wide apart and they must be right under your shoulders. Also, remember to maintain a fairly straight back throughout the session.
The right way to rollerblade
Once you’re in the perfect starting position, it’s time to move on the next step. Generating propulsion to start skating.
From my experiences, there are many ways to generate propulsion to help you start skating. But in this post, I’ll be introducing two of the most common methods that are fairly easy to practice and master.
You basically start by walking slowly on your skates to propel yourself forward. And once you’ve reached a certain speed, you need to put yourself in the starting position that we’ve shown. Then slightly push one of the legs out while sliding on the wheels. Do the same thing with the other leg and you will naturally find yourself skating forward.
If you’re not familiar with walking on the skates, you can ask someone to stand in front of you so that you can lean on them while moving forward. Once you’re comfortable with the walking exercise, you can start skating on your own.
This gives you a more comfortable start, but require you to be fairly confident on your skates. With your starting position, place both of your feet in a V shape. Open two legs outward at the same time and the pressure that you place on the shins will propel you forward. You’ll naturally find yourself moving forward. Once you’ve spread your legs to a certain degree, start closing down the distance between them. Redo the steps above and you can move forward with ease.
The two ways above are just to start moving forward, you need to learn a technique to speed up and keep your skates rolling. Here I’ll be introducing a common method that most people use to speed up their skates.
While riding on your skates, lower your body to enhance the balance and increase the pressure on both of your shins. Then do what you do to start moving using the skate walking method. Increase the power each time you push your legs to make yourself go faster and faster.
Now you’ve learned how to skate forward and maintain a good speed, you might want to know how to make turns. We’ll start with the most basic technique that is suitable for most beginners.
Slow down your speed to ensure a safe turn, lower your body to enhance stability, then begin to lean your body to your desired direction. Slightly move your skates to the same direction and you’ll be able to make fine turns.
Practicing this a lot so you’re familiar with it. Then you can move on to other more advanced techniques like crossover or hockey turn.
To finish your skating session, you need to learn how to stop. And the T-stop is a fairly common way for beginners. While skating, slightly place one foot out and align it vertically with the other foot. Lower your body and press the vertical foot on the ground. The friction will gradually reduce your speed, you’ll slow down relatively fast. Once you’re comfortable doing the T-stop, you can begin to practice the more advanced techniques, like the plow stop, heel stop, and so on.
An important practice
For inline skating, it’s essential that you can have good control over the wheels. And to do it, you must practice so that you can be comfortable when riding on different edges of the wheels. We have the center edges which is when we ride on our normal position, the outside edges are when you bend your feet outward, and the inside edges are when you bend it inward.
You might not notice it but we always use these edges when we riding on our skates. For example, you need to be comfortable on the outside and inside edges to make sharp turns as well as performing quick stops. Not to mention that, being comfortable on the skates no matter which position you’re into also enhance your balance. So make sure you practice your edges control a lot to master other skating techniques faster.
That’s how you should rollerblade, thanks for reading and we’ll see you in our future posts.