Lots of people love the concept of strapping on a pair of inline skates and tearing off down the street. But it’s really hard right? Well, like any skill, it requires a bit of mastery, but once you get it, you have a supply of free transportation with the additional benefit of keeping fit.
Skating is all about two things – pushing and gliding. You push one skate out to the side to find electricity, and the other one stays on the ground and glides you forwards. Then you swap sides and do the same again and so forth.
If you do not have a qualified teacher to show you what to do, here are my top tips:
- Do not lean back. Keep your weight on the balls of your toes, never further back than that. Those pesky wheels will flip you over backwards if you ignore this suggestion.
- Practise balancing on one skate. It will seem impossibly hard (hold on a wall initially ). But every time you do it, you’ll find a tiny bit better. The top skaters look cool as they can glide. When you can slip you can slow down your strokes and feel in control.
- Bend your knees and keep them bent. Do not undo step 1. In order to do this!
- Learn how to use your heel brake. If you can’t stop you will never have the confidence to skate properly. And skating is about confidence, balance and skill. The majority of your weight needs to move to the trunk – notice I say the back skate, not the BACK of the rear skate! This will place the cruising rubber in contact with the ground. The crucial thing here is to control your weight balance between front and rear skates. You must only transfer a small and controlled quantity of your weight onto your braking skate. Try it!
- Get some lessons from a professional instructor. If you can’t find one near you, use You Tube videos or similar to get you on your way.