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How to RollerBlade Like A Pro – Or How to Get Started

Posted Oct 26 2012 8:07am

600 to 900 calories burnt in an hour. It's possible and seems like a lot of fun too… that is if you know how to rollerblade . In comparison, one will usually burn 300-600 calories when walking or jogging.

Sounds cool, doesn't it?

Rollerblading, for all practical purposes, is aerobic in nature, and in its most extreme form, is not for the 'weak of heart'. Among several benefits that this type of activity offers, the most important benefit lies in the fact that it gives your lungs, heart and circulatory system a real workout.

However, as beneficial as this type of activity seems, those who are suffering from conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis or diabetes must first consult a doctor before rollerblading.

Even if you don't have these conditions, it is always preferred that you take necessary precautions in wearing protective gear before you get going…

Rollerblading – A Note

Rollerblading was not always an organized sport but actually considered to be an alternative to ice skating in summer. As most of you would already know, roller blades (known as inline skates) are very different from quad skates, and were first manufactured by two brothers, Scott and Brennan Olson, until they sold their "business" to the North American Sports Training Corporation in 1985.

As mentioned earlier, there are two key differences between quad skates and roller blades:

#1: While both roller blades and quad skates both have wheels, the former has these wheels positioned in a line, one after the other.

#2: Also, the brakes for roller blades, are located at the toe or the heel of the skates.

With that said, since there are several sports that are now played with roller blades such as speed, aggressive and roller hockey skating as well as general recreation and artistic inline skating and so on and so forth, roller blades are manufactured with different specifications for each of these sports.

Of course, not every rollerblading wants to (or can) compete, so there are several enthusiasts who continue to pursue this activity just for the fun and exercise that it has to offer.

How to Rollerblade Like a Pro – Or How to Get Started

Almost every rollerblader, no matter how good he is, had to start somewhere. So, here are some of the common tips that can get you started on how to rollerblade :

Tip #1: The roller blades that you use should fit perfectly – nothing else will do.

Tip #2: Protective equipment such as knee pads, wrist pads, elbow pads and a crash helmet are a must. Safety comes first.

Tip #3: Practice falling down and getting a few times when you begin rollerblading. Knowing how to fall right can go a long way to prevent injury. It is also recommended that you not only find your center of balance while getting used to the added height by standing on carpet or grass.

Tip #4: Learn how to brake using the brakes provided either at the toe or heel. As a precautionary measure, learn how to brake by either dragging your feet or changing direction, in the case of a slope, so as to slow you down.

Tip #5: Remember to take your time by starting with flat surfaces before moving on to sloped surfaces. Unstable surfaces such as rock gravel and sand must be avoided as this can increase your chances of a fall and to top it all, ruin your skates as well. And no matter what you do, don't try tricks or stunts shown in this video as a beginner…

In Closing

And what would make this activity even more fun than it already is – is the inclusion of some cardio music .

Are there any other tips that you would like to share if you rollerblade regularly for 'beginners'? Please feel free to share your thoughts and tips.

Also, here's a link to a video that might be a great place to start if you want to start rollerblading. Remember to watch Part II at this link .

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