A great deal of people love the idea of strapping on a pair of inline skates and tearing down the road. However, it’s really hard right? Well, like any skill, it takes a little mastery, but as soon as you get it, you have a source of free transport with the additional benefit of keeping fit.
Skating is all about two things – pushing and gliding. You push out one skate to the side to find electricity, and the other one remains on the ground and glides you forward. Then you swap sides and do the same again and so forth.
If you don’t have a qualified instructor 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. These pesky wheels will flip you over backward if you ignore this suggestion.
- It will seem impossibly hard (hold on a wall at first). But every time you do it, you’ll find a tiny bit better. The best skaters look cool because they can glide. When you’re able to glide you can slow down your strokes and feel in control.
- Bend your knees and keep them bent. Don’t undo step 1. In order to do this!
- If you can’t stop you won’t ever have the confidence to skate properly. And skating is about confidence, balance and skill. To use your heel brake, keep both feet on the floor, but with the braking foot slightly out in front. The majority of your weight needs to move into the trunk – notice I say the back skate, not the BACK of the back skate! This will put the braking rubber in contact with the floor. The key 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 on your braking skate. Try it!
- Get some lessons from a professional instructor. If you can not find one near you, use You Tube videos or similar for you on your way.