How to Inline Skate Easy steps

Learn to Inline Skate
If you want to learn how to inline skate, you came to the right place. Below are easy steps that will help you understand the process as well as have a general idea about the topic. But before starting with the steps, you need to know the basic concepts about inline skate. Inline skates (often called Rollerblades after the popular trade name) are a type of roller skate used for inline skating. Unlike quad skates, which have two front and two rear wheels, inline skates have two, three, four or five wheels arranged in a single line. Some inline skates, especially those for recreation, have a "stop" or "brake" which is used to slow down while skating; most have a heel stop rather than the toe stop, particularly indispensable for inline figure skating. In-line skating can be found everywhere, from streets and parks, boardwalks, industrial parking lots, outdoor running tracks, bicycle paths, indoor and outdoor running tracks and was a exhibition sport at the 1996 Olympic Games! Blading can be a great recreational sport but you should start with learning the basic moves, stopping techniques and special turns that can help your blading experience be safe and more enjoyable.

  1. Things you need before starting to learn any blading skills you will want to use protective gear. You will need the following equipment:
    Elbow Guards
    Skid Pad or Driving-Glove Wrist Guard
    Knee Pads
    Wrist Guards
    Recreational or Fitness In-Line Skates
    Safety gear will protect your wrists, head, knees and elbows, but this gear does not replace common sense.
  2. STARTING POSITION All new positions should be practiced on a grass surface or carpeted area until you feel comfortable with the movements. To perform the "Starting Position", stand with your knees slightly bent and your feet shoulder width apart. If at any time you start to loose your balance and expect a fall, do not look down, flail your arms or fight the fall. Those actions will throw you more off-balance and add to the momentum of impact return to the starting position putting your hands on your knees and bending slightly forward. This will help you maintain your balance as well as avoid falling backwards. This stance is also known as a "glide"
  3. By using a right push, glide, left push, glide rhythm you can start to get a feel for in-line skating. When your foot pushes off you should feel your ankle press against the tongue of that skate. If your knees are not adequately bent you will not be able to get enough power for a good push off so check your stance often
  4. BEGINNERS STOP Knowing how to safely slow down and stop is an important step in skating. Once you are rolling in any way shape or form, slowing down and stopping become essential to your inline skating. The v-stop can can be accomplished when skating forward. Simply spread your skates a little wider than shoulder width and then point your toes in toward each so that they come together and slow you down. This method of stopping is safest at slow to moderate speeds.
  5. Occasionally skates may have a brake on each skate or a removable brake to allow the skater to choose to install it on the stronger or most comfortable stopping foot. This brake is the safest way to slow down or stop when using recreational equipment. Start with your break foot slightly in front of the other foot so that your braking foot is opposite the toe of your other foot. With your knees bent and your head up, lift the toes slowly so that the heel brake can touch the ground. Hold this position while you glide, your feet will remain about 4-6 inches apart. Next, assume a sitting position in the air while you apply pressure to your heel brake and stop.
  6. TURNING BASICS Turning positions are necessary for exploring most any terrain. If you want to make a parallel turn stand with your feet about 4-6 inches apart and lean your knees and ankles to your right. Your left skate will be balancing in the inside edge. Your right skate will be on its outside edge. Look over your right shoulder and allow your upper body and hips to follow in making the turn. Practice this basic turn before attempting a cross-over turn or stationary cross-over. When you get more advanced in your turning ability you can practice a basic slalom and figure eight to strengthen turning techniques.
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How to Inline Skate Video
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