Reasons to Start Your Roller Skating Journey

If you have ever visited Skateland in Bradford, MA, or any rink for that matter, you know that roller roller skatingskating is one of those things that’s hard to stop once you’ve started. This activity is addicting, but many people find that lacing up for the first time can be intimidating. You might think “feet are not meant to have wheel attached to them,” but once those skates hit the rink, you’ll never want to take them off. If you have a friend or family member that is on the fence, or you, yourself are feeling iffy about starting your roller skating journey, this is the blog for you. Here are 7 reasons to for anyone to start roller skating TODAY.

  1. Great Exercise – Roller skating is recommended by the American Heart Association as a great aerobic activity. Skating around the rink for just 30 minutes can burn as much as 250 calories, and can help strengthen muscles.
  2. Meet New People – With one visit to the rink you will quickly realize that this is a very close-knit community. Roller skating builds lasting friendships and some people have even met significant others in the rink!
  3. You Can Skate Whenever You Want – The rink doesn’t have to be open to enjoy a skating session. If you want to skate when the rink is closed, just head out the front door and find the nearest patch of smooth concrete or a solid surface.
  4. Low-Impact – Roller skating provides the same benefits of jogging but is much easier on the joints. So if you have a knee injury, roller skating won’t irritate the issue.
  5. The Music is Great – Are you a music buff? You won’t find better music outside of a roller rink! Contact your local rink and find out their schedule. Most play a wide array of different music on different nights.
  6. Fun Way to Manage Stress – Do hectic schedules and looming deadlines have you feeling frazzled. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress! And when your friends are there, it makes it that much more relaxing.
  7. Family Fun – Roller skating is fun for EVERYONE. The rink is a very family-friendly place to be, and an inexpensive night out.

Plan your next visit to Skateland and check out our hours. Take the plunge and start roller skating this week!

Skate Your Way to a Healthy Heart!

Did you know that the month of February is American Heart Month? February is heart health a great time to reflect on the health of that organ that pumps blood to the entire body. The state of our heart’s health is can be directly linked to our overall health, that’s why it’s imperative we keep it healthy. Inactivity is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. One of the best ways to improve upon heart health is to exercise. But physical fitness is one of those things that isn’t always easy to follow through with. It’s important to find an activity you enjoy to make it easier to stay with it. This is where roller skating comes in for a lot of people. Roller skating is a fun activity that is great for getting that heart rate up. Find out what the roller rink can do for your health, and check out Skateland in Haverhill, MA for your next roller skating adventure.

  • Reduce Cholesterol Levels
  • Reduce Inflammation in Arteries 
  • Reduce Fat Levels
  • Help Weight Loss

The American Heart Association recommends that individuals perform moderately-intense exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. So if we need to exercise that often, it may as well be something we enjoy. Roller skating is an exercise that enthusiasts don’t even see as work. It’s just fun! If this blog has you curious, plan your next visit and take a look at our hours.

Celebrate February School Vacation with us!

You’ve been working hard at school, and now it’s time for a little break! February School Vacation is Roller Skatesjust around the corner and students are gearing up for the time off. This well deserved break from the rigors of day to day class schedules is cause for celebration. That’s why Skateland in Haverhill, MA is opening its doors for extra hours over the break! Don’t spend your time off being bored, instead, visit us in the rink and check out our vacation hours.

Massachusetts February School Vacation Hours

  • Monday, February 15 – Friday, February 19
  • We will be open from 1-4pm in addition to our regular hours each of those days.
  • $6 admission for each skater.

New Hampshire February School Vacation Hours

  • Monday, February 22 – Friday, February 26
  • We will be open from 1-4pm in addition to our regular hours each of those days.
  • $6 admission for each skater

A Look at Jam Skating

If you have rolled around the rink at Skateland in Haverhill, Massachusetts or any other rink for an amount of time, you may have heard the term “jam skating” thrown around a time or two. So, just what is jam skating, and what makes it different from regular skating?

jam skating Jam skating’s origin is debated in the roller skating world, but its influence can be traced back to traditional roller disco. From the bell bottoms and disco balls, jam skating has adapted its way into 2015 where it has pulled influences from figure skating, gymnastics, traditional dance and breakdancing. The purpose of jam skating is not speed or well executed turns like a typical night at the rink, but rather a well personalized dance routine or display of coordination on a pair of roller skates.

Within jam skating, there are several different styles and ways to approach it. Many jam skaters have a background in some type of dance, and have figured out how to adapt it for a pair of skates. This is the beauty of jam skating, for the most part regulations don’t confine the skater to a particular style. Each individual can bring their own interpretation to the table, and it makes for some really exciting and diverse displays!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Rink!

The season of love is upon us, and Valentine’s Day with its many candle lit dinners is fast Valentine's Day Present approaching. Many couples will flock to nice restaurants for a romantic night out, but not everyone is down for a black tie affair. If a typical Valentine’s Day isn’t your style, you and your significant other might be in search of something that’s a little out of the ordinary. So in lieu of the mundane let’s go for something a little more exciting this year, and might we suggest roller skating! This year, trade in the fancy attire for a pair of roller skates and join us at Skateland in Bradford, MA for a night in the rink! Here’s everything you need to know:

  • What’s Happening? – We will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Late Skate on February 13, from 8pm – 1am. You can come and skate the night away in the rink for one of the most exciting and fun V Day’s you’ve ever had!
  • Cost – Admission for this event will be $12. Sounds a lot more cost efficient than a fancy restaurant, right?
  • Games – There will be games galore! But in order to find out what these games may be, you have to join us and find out for yourself!
  • Find us – As we stated before, this event will be held at Skateland in Bradford, MA. If this your first visit to the rink, finding it couldn’t be easier! Check out our address and contact information.

Start Your Roller Skating Journey Right!

StartSo, you’ve discovered the wonderful world of roller skating? First of all, welcome! Roller skating might appear to be difficult to master at first, but once you have a good foundation of skills, you’ll be well on your way to being a pro! If you have visited the rink, you can tell from everyone’s mood that this is a fun activity! So, what’s next, and how do you get started? Skateland in Haverhill, Massachusetts has a checklist of things to get you on your way!

What will you need? 

  • To begin roller skating you first need the, well, 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.

 

MLK Day Skate!

This upcoming Monday, the 18th, schools and businesses across the country will observe Martin MLK JrLuther King Jr. Day. This means that many of these places will close to celebrate the holiday, and remember King’s accomplishments in propelling the Civil Rights Movement forward. Since you are off for the day, Skateland in Haverhill, MA will be open! Join us for your day off, and grab some time in the rink with us! Here’s what you need to know!

  • Who: That would be us, and all of you! Don’t sit at home bored on your day off, take advantage of it and join us in the rink for some roller skating!
  • What: An MLK Day Skate Session!
  • When: We will be open this upcoming Monday, the 18th, from 1-4pm for a skate session in honor of MLK Day!
  • Where: Skateland 19 Railroad Ave, Haverhill, MA 01835
  • Why: This is sure to be a fun event! Don’t miss out by sitting at home bored all day. See you all there!

Word on the Street…is Good!

Here, at Skateland in Haverhill, MA, we are passionate about roller skating and making sure our patrons have nothing short of a perfect experience in the rink. We truly believe that a good job speaks for itself and it is apparent that many of you think we are doing just that! Many people walk through our doors every week and we’ve received some really positive feedback over the past several months! Check out what others are saying about us!

  • “Good people lots of fun can’t weight to go again!”5 stars
  • “I love it it so much fun there I always go there!!!!!”
  • “Love the floor and the music. Thursday nights are awesome.”
  • “What can I possibly say that hasn’t already been said?There is not a single person I’ve ever directed towards Skateland who hasn’t falling in love with the place. This is one addiction you’ll enjoy. Price, music, floor, people, and just pure freedom and enjoy.”
  • “Our family goes almost every Friday night. Lots of fun!”
  • “Best Floor Around. The Owners are Super Nice!!!!”
  • “Best place to go to on a Saturday morning. Exercise for the entire family!”
  • “We’ve been 2 times and had a great time. It was nice to have fun and exercise Just had my daughters birthday there and she loved it!!!”
  • “Great throwback to the 80’s. Fun place to take the kids for a few hours.”

More Skates, New You!

2016 is almost here! As usual, it will probably take a month or so to get used to using the new year whennew year 2016 dating checks and other things. This year, however, let’s not wait a month or two to get used to our new year’s resolutions! Every year individulas make promises to themselves to accomplish certain things in the new year. These promises range from spending more time with family to being more diligent at work or school. We can’t help you with these, but if your resolution this year is to exercise and get in shape, we’ve got your back! Skateland, located in Haverhill, MA, is the perfect destination to acheive your fitness goals in the new year, and here’s why!

  • Great Exercise –  Did you know that roller skating is recommended by the American Heart Association as a great aerobic workout? In fact, you can burn as much as 600 calories during one hour in the rink!
  • Stick with it – So many people are motivated to workout at the beginning of the year, but not many actually stick with it. That is why it is important to find an exercise you enjoy! And what’s better than roller skating!
  • Affordable – Joining a gym can be a hefty monthly expense. Not to mention the start up fees and equipment you might need to purchase. Well, roller skating has done it again! Going to the rink is a really great way to exercise and not deplete your bank account.

So is this the perfect exercise, or is this the perfect exercise?? If this sounds like the perfect way to meet your fitness goals, check out our hours and plan your next visit!

 

Bring the Whole Family Together with Roller Skating

The kids are coming home from college, family is traveling in from out of town and for the first time in a christmas ornamentlong time and everyone is together in one place. This is one of many reasons this time of year seems to have a magic that surrounds it. And though it can be great to have everyone around, trying to find something for everyone to do together can prove to be difficult. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered! Visit us at Skateland in Bradford, MA, and take everyone roller skating this holiday season. Find out why it’s the perfect way to bring the family together!

  • Inexpensive – Around the holidays money can be tight for many people, which means extra cash for extracurricular activities is slim. But, fear not, roller skating is a very affordable activity that won’t break the bank!
  • It’s Fun – In the most general terms, roller skating is a really fun activity! It is, of course, one of our favorites. Rolling around on a pair of skates as they hum below your feet on the wooden rink floor. There’s nothing better!
  • Exercise –  Believe it or not, roller skating a great way to get some exercise. As a matter of fact, roller skating is recommended by the American Heart Association as a great aerobic workout. If you are trying to shed a few pounds before the holiday feasts, this is the way to do it!
  • Ageless –  No matter your age, roller skating is a great source of fun for everyone!