The great thing about roller-skating is that anyone can do it. Once you learn the basics, you can strap on a pair of skates and hit the rink, no matter how long it’s been since your last session. But you can take your skating to the next level, whether you’re a trick skater, a speed skater, a derby skater, or you just want to get a better workout.
4 Ways to Improve Your Skating
- Stretch. Did you know that roller-skating exercises almost every muscle in your body? Limbering up before hitting the rink minimizes your risk of injury. Stretch your quads, calves, hips, and hamstrings to up your skating game and make tricks easier to master.
- Balance. If you’re still a little shaky on your skates (or you want better balance for trick skating), we have a solution for you. Place both hands flat on a wall. Balance on one skate, and slowly raise the other foot to your ankle (without actually touching). Once you master that, you can raise your skate to your knee, switch skates, let go of the wall, or even practice balancing while in motion. Just remember: safety first!
- Intervals. Build your skating endurance by pushing yourself hard for 30-45 seconds, skating slowly for 30-45 seconds, then repeating the pattern. As you get better, you can increase the intensity of your skating or lengthen the intervals to 1-2 minutes.
- Weights. Want to get stronger? Skate with weights! Leg weights are safe (no accidentally dropping them in someone’s way) and they’re a great way to strengthen your leg muscles. After skating with weights for a handful of sessions, you’ll be amazed at how much faster you get.
What’s the #1 way to become a better skater? Practice. Don’t miss special holiday hours, weekly roller-skating, and family skating in Fort Pierce on the weekends. For more information, call Skatetown USA.