We are so happy to finally be able to skate with all of you again! If you hadn’t heard, Wheels Skate Center re-opened on June 20th, and we’re here and ready to help our fellow skaters get back to tearing up the skating rink with great music, dancing, friends, and fun.
But remember, even when you can’t get to a skating rink, you can still practice your skating. Check out some great ways to practice your skills at home, or wherever you may be!
How to Practice Skating Away from the Skating Rink
It may sound counterintuitive, but knowing how to fall correctly (Yes, there IS a right way!) will make you a better, more resilient skater. That’s not to mention the fact that it can also help you reduce your risk of injury.
To practice falling on skates, lay out some yoga mats, couch cushions, or anything that can give you a nice, soft place to land. Practice falling on one knee and controlling the fall, or flexing your glutes and falling on your butt. Once you have these moves down, they become part of your muscle memory, so the next time something happens to throw you off balance on the rink, you won’t even have to think; you’ll instinctively act on your training.
Perfect your stance.
Your stance is a crucial aspect of your roller skating game, so why not take some time to get it just right? These are some of the important things to keep in mind if you want to look like a natural on the skating rink.
- BEND THOSE KNEES! If there’s one problem so many beginner skaters seem to have, it’s locking their knees. Bend slightly to lower your center of gravity, and assume a position almost like a squat: Bum out, hands forward to counterbalance your body and add some stability.
- Get low. The lower you are to the ground, the harder it is to fall. Try to keep your legs shoulder width apart. Keep your feet under you, with your weight evenly distributed over each foot.
Learn to get up off the ground without your hands.
Falling is practically inevitable, so it’s important to practice getting back on your feet. At a busy skating rink, you never want to put your hands down flat on the floor; that’s an easy way to get your fingers run over by another skater’s wheels!
Instead, practice this method for getting up:
- Place one foot in front of you, and one behind.
- Pull yourself up to a kneeling position, supporting yourself on your back knee and placing your front foot flat on the ground.
- Bracing your hands on your front leg, press down and rise up. As you do so, bring your back leg under you.
- Once you’re standing, shift your weight evenly between both feet and get your balance. Remember to keep your knees slightly bent.
To start off, you can practice this with no skates on right in your living room. When you’re a little more comfortable, strap on some knee pads and practice in your driveway or on the sidewalk. Want to refine your skating skills even more? Sign up for our roller skating classes!