Adult Beginner Roller Skaters – 8 Tips For New & Returning Roller Skaters
Roller skating is a fun, recreational activity. It is not for the lazy or the faint of heart. When skaters float like angels on wheels, they have put in vast hours of training and practice to master their craft. For persons ages 30 and over who are interested in skating for the first time or are returning after a long hiatus, consider the following advice.
Buy Good Skates
The first action any roller skater should take is to purchase a good pair of roller skates. They can be new or used. Ask about the quality of the boot, wheels and bearings. Expect to dish out some cash for new and used skates.
Although buying from department and warehouse stores is tempting due to the low cost, resist the urge to do so. Stores specializing in skating gear are highly recommended for two reasons. First, customers are guaranteed to receive guidance on the best skates for their skill level and budget. Second, all of their needs and questions will be addressed by experts of the activity.
Research or call local roller skating rinks to find out if they offer lessons. Make sure that the location, days, and time fit comfortably into your schedule. Visit the rink to view the teaching style and abilities of the instructors. Check out at least three rinks to determine a fit for your needs.
Many new and returning adult skaters practice only during their lessons, which is generally once a week for about an hour. This is not enough. As with any skill, practice is crucial to success. Try to skate at least 2-3 times a week at different rinks to sharpen skills and enhance confidence.
Watch Other Skaters
Some adult skaters are extraordinary on wheels; others cannot skate well at all. Everyone has his/her own skating style. Pick out the skaters whose style you like, and ask them for guidance.
Choose Advice Carefully
When skaters know you are new or returning, everyone will offer an opinion. While it is OK to listen because you can learn from each encounter, be selective about whose advice to follow. Be sure to adhere to the guidance of the roller skaters you have watched and admired.
Relax & Bend
Some skaters may zoom past while others simply glide gracefully around the rink. Whatever the speed of those in the immediate surroundings, do not freak out — relax and bend your knees. Bent knees are the main signs of relaxed roller skaters. They also help your wheels roll. So, stay relaxed and bend.
Excellent roller skaters practice and train for years before earning their “excellent” status. In fact, many good skaters will admit that they still have things to learn. Be patient with yourself and learn at your own pace for maximum effectiveness.
With all of the techniques and skills needed to be a good skater, the ultimate goal of roller skating is to have a good time. Take the above advice provided and let the good times roll!