A Beginner’s Guide to Roller Skating

iStock_000003156845SmallIf you are just now discovering the world of roller skating… Welcome! Roller skating might appear to be a difficult thing to conquer at first, but once you have a good foundation of skills, you’ll be well on your way to being a pro! You’ve already seen the rink, and a crowd of roller skaters having a great time. What’s next? And how do you get started? Skateland in Bradford, Massachusetts has a checklist of things to get you started!

What will you need? 

  • Obviously, in order to roller skate, you need the skates. But since you are a first timer, some safety equipment is a great tool to have while you’re learning. Elbow pads, knee pads and a helmet will help keep you protected while you’re getting the hang of things.

When your skates hit the rink

  • You’re all geared up, so now it’s time for the fun part! Before you start rolling around the rink, and doing tricks, you need to know the basics.
    • Place your feet shoulder width apart.
    • Bend you knees and squat slightly. This will give you a bit more spring, and aid your balance.
    • Find a sweet spot with this general stance that you feel comfortable with.
  • You’ve got the stance down, now let’s get moving!
    • To start rolling around the rink, position your toes outward and your heels inward.
    • Practice walking like this until you find your balance. You may fall a few times trying to get it just right, but that’s what the pads are for! After a while, you will gain more confidence and be well on your way.
    • Start to move your feet more quickly, and take longer strides.
    • Begin to push off harder with one foot while you glide on the other. Glide farther and farther distances

Look, you’re roller skating! It’s always a great idea to take someone with you that has previous experience to help get you up to speed.

 

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