Beginner’s Guide to Roller Skating, with PlayTone
Fitness should be fun – that’s our mantra that we want everyone in the world to know! Sure, you can sweat but can you smile at the same time? It’s all about finding the right activity for you and if it makes you happy, you’re more likely to stick with it.
Whether you like hanging from the ceiling in silk, looping a hoop around your waist or channeling your inner Beyonce in a hip hop dance class – there’s something out there for everyone. And it doesn’t have to be your typical workout.
So it’s about time we took a look at rollerblading. That’s right – the 1970s are calling and they want us to skate again. But if it’s been a hot minute/decade since you rolled around, check out our beginner’s guide to rollerblading!
We chatted with the cool kitties on PlayTone about learning to skate and we’ve got lots of great tips for you. PlayTone champion alternative fitness – embrace the fun and lively factor at the same time with their hula hooping and rollerblading sessions at MoveGB in London!
Beginner’s Guide to Roller Skating, with PlayTone
You may be thinking ‘Why should I try skating?’
It’s easy to answer this because the list is endless! It gets your heart pumping and if you slide hard, you’ll sweat. An hour can pass in a few minutes when the awesome beats are played and you will release tons of endorphins that make you feel good!
Exercise shouldn’t feel like a chore, and it’s always best when enjoyed with friends. Roller skating is a super social sport because you can be in a room or arena with hundreds of other people feeling the music and trying your hand at your moves – group fitness is incredibly motivating and inspiring! And have you ever seen a grumpy person figure skating? The answer is never!
Benefits of roller skates
How does rollerblading affect my fitness level?
Skating is just as effective aerobically as running, swimming, and cycling! Except when you’re busy socializing and practicing your moves, you don’t realize how long you’ve been on your wheels.
Depending on the intensity of your skating, rollerblading can be a low or high calorie burner – if you really want to, rollerblading can actually burn up to 482 calories per hour!
Skating will improve your fitness level, especially in cardiovascular development, muscle strength and lung capacity. An hour of skating burns as many calories as running while strengthening your leg muscles. Rolling skates for 30 minutes produces a heart rate of at least 148 beats per minute.
Which muscle groups work the most?
The extra weight of your skates on your feet and the rolling motion of the wheels allow you to have fun with your workout while targeting multiple areas. Our roller skating sessions in London will have you working on stability, core strength coordination and more. Expect your glutes, quads, abs, calves and arms to get a good workout! The secondary muscles worked are the erector spinae in your back and your obliques (#WindYoWaist).
And because skates have fluidity in their motion, they put 50% less stress on your joints than running. Be sure to always slide on a smooth surface and avoid sudden stops, turns, or turns to reduce the impact on your joints.
I don’t know how to slide! Do I need to know the basics before attending a beginner’s class?
Impossible! As long as you are willing to level up with PlayTone and try something different and alternative, then this is the best for you. We love total rookies and our mission is to get this nation rolling, no matter what age or ability. These classes are for all levels!
What can I do to prepare for my first roller skating lesson?
Flexing and stretching your body is key to getting ready. During skating, your body does a lot of twists and turns, so preparing your muscles for this move is key! And the more flexible your muscles are, the more protected you are from injury. But don’t force the stretch because it will definitely cause injury before you even start skating!
Stretches such as the quadriceps stretch to relax the front of the thigh and hip flexors, hamstring and glute stretches, half or full splits, and hip openers like the yoga ‘pigeon pose’ are helpful. Yoga can really help increase your range of motion!
Don’t forget your upper body too. It’s all about loosening and moving your shoulders and neck. Yoga sequences, like sun salutations, can really stretch your entire body and prepare you for skating.
What should I wear for my first roller skating session?
You’ll be hot and sweaty, so make sure to wear stretchy, cool clothes! Leggings, joggers, t-shirts, vest tops – regular sports gear doesn’t matter. As long as you can move comfortably!
And don’t worry about wearing super thick socks. The roller skates we provide are according to size. And the roller skates we provide are great! We’re proudly sponsored by Rookie Roller Skates – the coolest vintage-style roller skates. We have UK skate sizes 3 – 11 available for rent, along with knee and wrist pads.
What can I expect from my first rollerblading session with PlayTone?
You’ll learn the basics of rollerblading and combining the arts of skating and fitness in our classes! Our special ‘Learn Roller Skate’ sessions are low-impact, high-intensity classes, with games and tricks guaranteed to make hearts flutter and smiles on faces all around.
The movements you will learn are:
- Move and slide forward
- Fall safely (it will happen so better learn how to fall the right way!)
- Team activities and games that combine everything you learn
You will sweat and meet the great community that is PlayTone – we are family. Our classes have 15 places each so you’ll get the attention you need.
Once you understand the basics, we’ll move on to more advanced moves like reverse skating, spins, crossovers and fancy footwork – these cool tricks will really work your fitness and your core will get STRONG!
Will I get hurt learning to skate?
You will fall when you are learning to skate. Heck, even the most experienced of us fall! We recommend knee pads and wrist guards to help keep you as safe as possible (all provided in class).
Leave what you know at the door – we have a variety of techniques to help you get started safely and effectively. Skating requires some level of balance and over time, you will notice an increase in your core strength and balance.
And if you fall, style! Do a pose on the floor! Failure means you’re trying, so as long as we learn and laugh at our mistakes (and don’t beat ourselves up) then you’ll be on your way in no time!