How to Use
Using inline skates is a blast. Strapping on the skates and getting outdoors on them keeps you active and allows you to get some fresh air, too. Anyone can try inline skating. Manufacturers make skates for different genders, so if you’re a child, you strap on kids inline skates; if you’re a woman, you can buy women’s inline skates, and if you’re a man, you can opt for men’s inline skates. Women’s skates are designed to fit better for a ladies foot but go with what you find most comfortable and supportive!
If you’re putting on skates for the first time, this article is for you and looks at different starts, stops and tricks you can aspire to after you’ve put on those trusty skates.
How To Start Off On Inline Skates
You should get used to your skates first by standing upright in them, close to a wall for support, and in the ‘ready’ position. Lean forward slightly with your feet 15 to 25 centimetres apart in a V-shape and your knees bent. Get confident by taking small steps on the skates, maintaining the V-shape with your feet as you walk. Increase the speed as you get more confident.
When you’re feeling confident enough, push off to start skating. Do this by stepping forward with one foot, pushing off with the other and then gliding on the set foot. Then bring your trailing leg from behind you to step forward and transfer your weight to it. Push off again with your other leg and repeat the process. That’s you skating now. What a feeling!
How To Brake On Inline Skates
There are several different ways to stop on inline skates — falling over should not be one of them!
The heel brake stop
The first way to stop is the easiest. All you’ve got to do is use the heel brake on your skates. If you wish to stop, stay leaning forward and with the skate that has the brake on it is in front, bend your knee slightly and lift the toe up. This lowers the brake pad into the floor and allows you to stop. Remember knee’s bent, weight forward and nose above your toes.
This involves forming a T-shape with your feet to brake. When you want to stop, position the skate of your trailing leg so that it’s perpendicular to the one on your leading leg. It’s then a question of dragging the trailing leg smoothly up to your leading one to halt the movement. Keep this trailing leg firm, not allowing the angle to buckle, and your hips and upper body forward.
How To Do Tricks On Inline Skates
Gliding on the skates, of course, is fun, but you can add to the enjoyment by performing tricks on your skates. Here are a couple of impressive ones:
Inline skating is exhilarating once you get confident on them. Practise the different braking techniques so that you can stop comfortably on them, rather than forcing yourself to rely on one type of stop. Knowing how to stop will allow you to feel more at ease when you’re on the skates as well as help you to control the movement.