Intermediate Skating Lessons in London
Location: The Boathouse, Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, Central London
Skatefresh offer a range of different skills lessons for intermediate level skaters. Whether you want to improve your stops, skating stride or backwards skating technique, you’ll find a class which will help you progress to the next level. Instruction is usually by Skatefresh founder, Asha Kirkby who has been teaching skaters of all abilities since 2000.
Stops, Slides & Slopes – Improver Level
The most important of ALL skills on inline & roller skates is how to stop and every skater should have several, high functioning stopping methods in their repertoire (to avoid accidents and injuries). This workshop looks at the easier stops, while “Stops, Slides & Slopes Level 2” looks at the more challenging methods.
The majority of skaters do not realise that by neglecting their stopping methods they not only increase their risks of falls and injuries but also reduce their learning of other skills such as speed skating, crossovers and street skating.What you'll learn;
- Plough Stop (2 versions)
- T-Stop (so that it actually stops you)
- Turn Stops (various options)
This 2 hr workshop is NOT suitable for beginners, who should focus 100% on mastering the Heel Brake Stop or Toe Stop Drag before any other methods. Check out our Improvers Group Class for that.
Skating for Speed & Fitness
Every skater spends MOST of their time on skates JUST SKATING! However, if your skating stride lacks fundamental technique, you will not get the fitness benefits that skating offers and you may even create bad habits over time that can lead to ‘slow onset injuries’ particularly if you skate distances (e.g. ankle, knee, hip pains from persistent pronation on an inside edge). What you’ll learn;
- An efficient push.
- A correct, comfortable glide, in terms of edges, balance and cadence.
- A regroup that maximises your stride (and not destroy all the hard work you just put in).
- The Stride Training Sequence. The drill to keep you on track for months/years to come.
This workshop does not cover the Double Push (although most skaters fail with the double push because their normal fitness stride lacks the correct foundations). This class is an essential prerequisite for the Double Push workshop.
PLEASE NOTE: This group lesson is appropriate for every level of skater except beginners.
Skating Backwards and Transitions
This lesson is for those new to backward skating or those who have taught themselves but skipped the basics and are stuck on more complicated backwards moves.
This class will reveal your “one-sidedness” if you are already skating backwards and how to equalise this natural unevenness.
In this workshop you’ll learn;
- Several propulsion techniques
- How to steer correctly
- How to safely glide backwards
- How to stop backwards (2 methods)
- Mohawk Transitions (forwards to backwards and backwards to forwards).
This compact course will give you content that will keep you busy training for months but with a clear path to backwards proficiency.
This class includes a 15 minute Q&A session at the end where you can ask for Asha's advice on equipment, what's next, events, trips, street skating etc.
PLEASE NOTE: This group lesson is NOT appropriate for beginner level skaters.
Stops, Slides & Slopes – Intermediate Level
For those skaters already confident with their T-Stops, Plough and Turn Stops, this class will look at the more challenging sliding stops and how best to combine different stopping methods for maximum efficiency and safety on the flat and on slopes.
What you’ll learn;
- Powerslide (from a forwards entry using your favourite transition and favourite sliding leg)
- Soul Slide (the ‘forwards powerslide, used by the downhillers for a reason).
- Powerstop (or Turn stop variations)
- Magic Slide (for those with a successful pre-requisite Soul Slide)
- How to control your speed (for future use on slopes) by combining different stopping skills and how to come to a complete stop in an emergency.
Upcoming London Intermediate Lessons : Online Booking with Credit/Debit Card or PayPal
10% DISCOUNT WHEN BOOKING MORE THAN 1 GROUP LESSON
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If the above classes sound like fun but you suspect your current skill level may not be quite up to it, why not try our Improver Skate Lessons or our One Day Intensive Lesson for Improver/Intermediate Skaters, which is the perfect ‘warm up’ for these intermediate level lessons.
YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN SKATES, WRIST GUARDS AND KNEE PADS AS THESE ARE NOT SUPPLIED BY SKATEFRESH
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If you cancel at least 48hrs before your lesson, we can offer you a refund or a voucher for a future lesson.
No refunds will be offered for cancellations less than 48hrs before the class.
We reserve the right to postpone a class if there are less than 5 participants booked. In this circumstance, you'll be notified 24hrs before class.
We reserve the right to cancel a class due to unforeseen circumstances (eg instructor illness). If this happens, you will be given a full refund.
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