Aggressive Inline Skating
Aggressive inline skaters defy gravity and crave the adrenaline rush of attempting deadly stunts. They are their own breed of athletes, grouped in a category with other extreme sports like BMX riding, snowboarding and skateboarding. You may have seen them in your neighborhood sliding down hand rails or jumping over stairs. Maybe you've even wanted to see what it's all about. If you are interested in aggresive inline skating, you'll have to have a few things in place before you risk injury and your life attempting stunts.
Before you can become an aggressive inline skater, you have to be an advanced inline skater. That means you have to be comfortable with the most advanced basic skills of inline skating including: forward and backward stroking, turns, stops, falls and spins. You'll need to purchase aggressive inline skates which are smaller and lighter than regular inline skates. In addition, you should purchase all necessary safety gear from helmets to knee pads. You should also be in good shape. Aggressive inline skating requires balance, muscle control and strength. You need strong muscles to prevent injury. Lastly, you'll need to be a little fearless. Aggressive inline skating is not for the faint of heart.
Once you've got all these requirements under raps, find an aggressive inline skating partner or buddy to practice with. It is always recommended that you not skate alone. You and your inline skating partner can go to street areas to practice, so long as it is not illegal to skate there. Or you can go to indoor or outdoor parks built for wheeled extreme sports that have stunt rails and verts.
Health Benefits of Inline Skating
There have been studies done to prove and disprove the health benefits of inline skating. Some studies suggest inline skating has a similar caloric burn as running or cycling. Others have disproved this theory. Theories aside, what is important is whether you are having fun while trying to get in shape.
Inline skating is a enjoyable and often social type of exercise. The health benefits of inline skating, other than calorie burn, include increased muscle and cardiovascular endurance, leg strength and lower body stabilization. The side to side motion of inline skating helps develop inner thigh and buttocks muscles. Inline skating is also a low-impact form of exercise; unless you choose to skate without protective padding and a helmet. Most inline skating injuries occur when the skater is not wearing the proper gear.
If you skate regularly, you can burn around 200 calories skating for 30 minutes. To increase the intensity of your inline skating, try skating on a slight incline (as long as you can easily and safely come back down). You can also try skating long distances to build endurance. When you're not on your skates, try building more upper body strength to balance your increased leg strength by doing this Seated Upper Body Strength Training workout.
Inline Skating For Families
Inline skating is a great group activity. Whole families can get in the fun by having everyone buy inline skates. The family can take inline skating lessons together. Because inline skating can be done most anywhere, it's a great way to get the kids off the coach and also a great way to explore your surroundings.
If you and your family are going to take up inline skating, be sure everyone is sized properly for their skates. Kids that are growing will eventually need new skates, so take that into account when purchasing his or her first pair.
It is the parent's job to ensure their child wears all the proper gear. Explain the importance of protective gear to your children and teach them how to properly put it on, so that you don't have to do it for them every time. Also, everyone in the family should know traffic laws for inline skaters. Be courteous and teach your family to ride single file if there are other pedestrians on the sidewalk.
Inline Speed Skating
Inline speed skating, or inline racing, is very similar to ice speed skating. Inline speed skates differ from regular roller blades in that they are typical able to be molded to the skater's foot, have more and bigger wheels, and don't use brakes. To stop inline skaters need a lot of room to slow down. One technique used to stop is v-plowing in which the skater's heels are pushed outward and while the toes point inward. Inline speed skating uses deeper and faster strokes than recreational skating. When competing, just as in ice speed skating, inline speed skaters form pacelines or packs where skaters line up behind a lead skater in order to save energy by skating in his or her draft. Inline speed skating also uses similar tactics like making attacks in which skaters speed up the pace of a pack to weed out weaker skaters. Or they form breakaway packs to escape other skaters.