Most skaters spend 95% of their time on wheels simply skating forwards. Though that might sound straight forward, a complex mix of things is happening simultaneously. The exercises in this “How to Skate for Fitness” Online Training Course for Beginner Level inline skaters looks at each element of the skating stride in detail. This series of 10 exercises is aimed to teach complete and advanced beginners how to skate faster.
Some exercises are all about the Push (its power, length and direction), while others focus on how to consciously Glide and find the correct Edge. Then there are exercises that work on the Regroup part of the stride. Analysing your skating into these separate elements teaches you just what it is you are ‘putting together’ to produce great skating: smooth, efficient, provide fitness benefits and above all safety as your speed increases!
Practicing the exercises will not only benefit your skating but also your aerobic fitness, strength and muscle tone. Actively holding yourself in various positions, repeating similar movements and producing propulsion (all while balancing) results in toning and strengthening your lower body muscles. Plus you are getting a great aerobic cardiovascular workout. This is a fitness class on skates and should be challenging physically and mentally.
This Training Course for Beginner Level inline skaters puts a stop to wondering,
“What should I practice today?”
I will assist you in skating better first and THEN prepare you for the extra speed that comes with improved technique. I recommend you make “Skill before Speed” your practice motto UNTIL you feel comfortable doing each exercise. Only then gradually increase your speed.
In my observation, too much speed while practicing exercises is THE biggest problem most skaters create for themselves without realising it. Practice at a speed that doesn’t produce tension in your body and allows you to feel your weight and consciously adjust your body position. Too much speed stops you being able to focus on details, which in turn diminishes the quality of your practice and your learning progress.
Practice and work on the exercises in the Course at the start of a skate session when you are fresh. Many people make the mistake of skating for an hour or so and then decide to “do some practice”. Your body will be more receptive to your practice if it’s not too tired.
Warm up for your skate session with 10 minutes of gentle skating and then immediately begin your Practice Session with a few of the exercises, taking a break between each to read your Focus Points.
If, for example, you practice 3 exercises for 10 minutes each and THEN continued with your normal recreational skate, I am sure your skating will be smoother and better as a result of your 30 minutes of practice. This beneficial effect is multiplied if your practice time is 45 minutes, or 1.5 hours. I wish you could learn to skate faster just by watching my videos and digesting some information. Though you will deepen your understanding and appreciation of skills by doing this, it will not produce faster, safer skating automatically.
You need to actually DO the exercises in the Training Course. Only consistent practice produces the desired results. This takes effort and time. Over time you will notice that you can train these exercises for longer and longer as your muscles strength and your endurance increases.
Many people think that Practice makes Perfect.
But I believe that,
Practice Makes PERMANENT!
But First, An Invitation
Before you begin this Training I’d like you to take a video of yourself just skating along. Ask a fried to skate or cycle behind you and film. This can serve as a useful “Before” snapshot to help you notice specific changes in your skating over time (as a result of practicing the Course).
I’d like to invite you to be one of my next Video Testimonial students, whose filmed learning process and final results can serve to inspire others. You can video your progress every week or month as you engage with the material and track your progress. Or just dedicate some time to practice and then film yourself at the end of say 6 months of training and you’ll have an “After” snapshot to compare with the “Before”.
Filming yourself is part of the course so you can see what’s right and what still needs adjusting in yourself. I’ll teach you how to look at your skating differently.
So, let’s get you started!
I’ll be with you in spirit as you practice, encouraging you and applauding your efforts. Imagine my eye balls watching your knees.