Practice Roller Skating At Home

JB Skaters on BC Mondays at Glenwood Roller Rink

Practice roller skating at home. Sometimes we don’t get the fulfillment that we are looking for out of our skate sessions. It only makes sense. The only downside to wanting more time practicing is having an adequate environment in which to skate. Though constantly skating may be a skater’s first intuition when striving to improve, I highly recommend more SPECIFIC TRAINING than just skating. When I say “just skating” I’m referring to doing all of the things that you are already comfortable with. This counts for a smaller margin of improvement. Specific training, however, can improve your overall skill and understanding.

Leg Exercises for Skating

So, how do you practice skating at home without actually skating. Well, you remember that term “specific training”?? This is where it applies. You’ll do exercises in the same motion and movement as you would skating. For example, we do Big Wheels all day in JB. Welp, there’s your first exercise. If your Big Wheel isn’t strong on the skate floor, practice it off the skate floor. Try to hold the position at different levels to really train your balance. Then, when you get on the skate floor you’ll be training your stability. Balance is maintaining control while standing still, stability is maintaining control while moving.

JB Skaters on BC Mondays at Glenwood Roller Rink

Skate Exercises at Home

JB Skaters on BC Mondays at Glenwood Roller Rink

In addition to doing your off-the-floor Big Wheels, do squats. Do your squats. You don’t need weight, you need numbers and flexibility. You need to feel the stress in your hips. The next exercise is one of the most important ones that I recommend. Stand on one foot. That’s it. Every chance you get, just balance on one foot. I don’t know all of the science behind it but it works. Each leg needs to develop the strength to support your entire body. This lack of strength is what creates a loss of control and stability when you skate. To make the workout pay you well, change the position of your raised leg and try to maintain STABILITY while you MOVE your leg. Then try to maintain BALANCE while you hold STILL.

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