Skating


Skates.. These are my favorite from the child hood. I never got a chance to learn then and now I don’t want to miss this. When I asked one vendor recently, he gave a weird look like “you are already 27, you needed now?” Haha..! He is really narrow minded besides I guess he doesn’t know the fun or love over skills except money making B-)

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That is when I started finding tutorials. However, found two links finally after searching for 5mins in google. Hail Google πŸ˜› A Youtube tutorial and Wikihow. I should really thank wikihow founder or the illustrator or the content writer. Really I owe them a lot.. A lot more than wikipedia πŸ˜›

Here is the tutorial for learning skating:

First of all we should carry a helmet, knee pads and wrist bands to avoid injuries..

Assume the right posture. Place your feet shoulder width apart, bend your knees, and squat. Lower your backside toward the ground and lean slightly forward in a comfortable squatting position. When you’re roller skating, balance is key, and this stance will prevent you from toppling over. The first time you hit the rink, you may feel like you don’t have control over the skates, and you may lose your balance and fall a couple of times before you feel comfortable standing in place. This is completely normal; just keep practising the posture until you get the hang of it. It’s hard to stand perfectly still in a pair of roller skates. Once you’ve got the hang of it down, practice correcting your posture every so often by slightly moving your skates to help you keep your balance. Think about it this way: if you were standing in place without roller skates on and someone gave you a light push, you’d move your feet to regain your balance. The same idea applies when you’re wearing roller skates, only it’s the wheels on the skates and the pressure from your own muscles that are giving you the “push.”

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Walk like a duck. With your heels together and your toes pointed out, begin slowly walking forward, first the right, then to the left, then to the right, and so on.[1] Continue squatting and keep your heels directly underneath your body so you can more easily keep your balance.
Practice until you can comfortably “walk” in the skates while keeping your balance. You’ll probably fall down a few times at first; just get back up and remember to keep your body centered over your heels and remain in a squatting position.
As you gain confidence, start moving more quickly and taking longer strides. Push harder on the wheels so that you roll further with each stride.

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Learn how to glide. Lengthen each stride you take by allowing yourself to roll for awhile. Push off with one foot and glide with the other until you lose momentum, then switch your gliding foot. While you’re gliding on one foot, keep the other one above the floor so that it doesn’t impede your gliding.
Practice turning right and left while gliding. When you turn right, lean your body slightly to the right. When you turn left, lean your body slightly to the left, always remaining in a squatting position. Glide faster. Move your legs faster and gain momentum by putting pressure on the wheels and propelling yourself forward. Practice using your body weight to help you gain speed by leaning into your strides. Use your arms to help you keep your balance and gain speed by bending them at the elbows and moving them back and forth the way you would if you were running.

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Practice stopping. Your right roller skate should be equipped with a brake, located on the toe of the skate. To stop, glide with your skates parallel to each other. Stay in a squatting position and lean slightly forward. Place the right skate slightly in front of the left skate, lift the toe of the right skate, and press down hard on the toe. The harder you press, the faster you’ll stop.[3]
It’s important to stop with a confident thrust, rather than hesitantly touching your brake to the ground. If you don’t press down hard enough on the brake, you may lose your balance and fall down.
If you find it difficult to apply enough pressure at first, try using your hands to press down on your right knee to help you exert enough force to stop.

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There you stop !! Many more steps are found in wikihow like going backward, jumping, rolling in the spacious area, curls. Do take a look here and be a part of this leisure activity πŸ™‚

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13 thoughts on “Skating

  1. Pradita Kapahi says:

    You’re right! There’s no age for skating. I love it myself but unfortunately never did it beyond school. I wish India had more skating rinks but they get conveniently left out from any park plans. This is an incredible strength and cardio exercise. Keep it up

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