Roller Skating Basics

A little while ago we shared some tips for skating backwards. We’ve discovered that some people wanted quick tips to improve their skill in skating forward. We’ve all heard that “Practice makes perfect,” and we agree that roller skating does take practice. It is important to pay attention to the details involved in mastering the basic skill in skating forward. With close attention to your form and a little bit of practice, it won’t be long before you’re skating like a pro at Miracle Skate in Madera.

Before skating forward, practice standing on your skates. A great way to balance on your skates without suddenly having your legs take off from underneath you is using the T Position. If your skates are parallel, you will tend to roll. By placing the heel of one skate next to the inside of the other skate, you will form a capital T with your feet and prevent your skates from taking you with them. This is a basic skill that is recommended from the Roller Skating Association.

Next, we wanted to share the very beginning tips from Skate Truck NYC. Their teacher recommends starting with walking on skates. This should be done with tiny steps, and it is important to note which direction your toes are facing. The skate instructor in the video linked below compares skating, and the directions your feet take you, with driving a car. Once you practice walking and the foot positions to stop and stand still, move forward, and move backward, you will be ready to practice gliding. First watch the video below from Howcast for more information regarding the basics:

Now that you’ve given a little thought and time to the very basics, you’ll want to practice moving forward with gliding. It is important to remember to bend your knees in this process. Take a quick look at the video below to get you skating forward with gliding:

Don’t let your fear define you! Conquer something new, lace up those skates, and get going! We can’t wait for you to join us at Miracle Skate to show off your new skills.

We’d love to hear from you regarding any tips or tricks you’d like to share or see in the future? Let us know!

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