In today’s episode, I discuss roller skating backwards and doing backwards crossovers on roller skates. We also talk a lot about how to master new techniques. I provide a few tips on how to learn a new trick or skill and keep your confidence up.
To see me roller skating backwards and doing backwards crossovers, check out my Roller Skating Tricks article where I have videos of me performing some of the techniques I discussed today.
And, if you are having a hard time roller skating, be sure to check out my page all about How to Roller Skate. On that page you will find videos of yours truly skating.
Episode 28 Transcript[0:04] Hey everybody. Welcome to the roller skate Dad podcast.
This is episode # 28. [0:13] Let’s get started. [0:17] Yeah, mm hmm. Welcome to the roller skate Dad podcast.
The show that covers everything and anything in the wonderful world of roller skating.
Now, here’s your host, the roller skate dad himself, Jeff Stone.
Hey everybody! I want to welcome you to the roller skate Dad podcast. I’m so glad you all could join me today.
We’re going to continue the getting started roller skating series and today we’re going to be discussing doing backwards crossovers. Another fun intermediate technique for all of you beginners who have leveled up out there.
As always, we’re going to start slow and quickly build ourselves up to going faster. But before we get started, let’s do a quick recap of the getting started roller skating series for those of you who may be just joining us. [1:12] Over the last few episodes, we’ve discussed getting in the right skaters mindset, you know, believing that you can do this, that you got this. [1:22] Then I did a couple of episodes on picking out your first pair of roller skates. There were actually two episodes on that topic.
Then I went over making sure you have the right safety equipment.
This is things like, you know, getting a roller skating helmet and a pair of roller skate pads, like elbow pads and knee pads.
Then we did an episode on roller skating basics. So you knew how to fall down properly and how to get back up from the ground without, you know, getting your fingers run over.
Then I covered 10 different ways to stop on roller skates. [1:55] The next episode was all about uh skating forwards without falling down,
you know, so you can see there, that it took like 67 episodes just to get to that point, and that was mainly because there’s so many other things you need to think about if you want to skate successfully before you actually start trying to skate forwards.
Uh then we talked about balance, standing on one ft and doing forward crossovers.
Then last week I discussed skating backwards for the first time, so that leads us to today where we’re going to be talking about skating on one ft and then doing backwards crossovers.
So let’s get started and you know, if you’re on this episode then I’m assuming you can already skate backwards, well how do you know, you’re ready to move to this step in, you know, you’re skating journey?
Well, first you need to be able to skate backwards without falling down properly. [2:48] And you should be stable and be able to escape backwards at a pretty good pace, meaning like, you know, you’re,
you’ve got you’ve got the skating backwards thing down, you don’t feel like you’re losing your balance all the time, you know, your balance should be solid,
while you’re skating backwards before you get to the point where you’re going to start doing crossovers, you don’t have to be super fast going backwards, but it’s more about technique, so it’s more about balance and stability than it is about speed,
So, and this is just because,
in order to do backwards crossovers, you actually have to be able to at least for a few seconds, be able to stand on one ft, and you actually need to be able to stand on both feet interchangeably when doing a backward crossover, just like doing a forward cross over,
and if you don’t have that basic balance. [3:41] You’re going to fall when you try to do a crossover period.
So doing backwards crossovers is a lot, like doing forward crossovers, you know, you’re just going backwards, there’s a few other things to keep in mind, but they’re very similar, so to get started, we’re going to prep just like we did for forward crossovers.
If you remember back to that episode, a few episodes back, We did that by balancing on one ft while going backwards.
So if you can balance already on one ft while skating forwards, then well you need to go back to episode 26, which was all about that step,
you really need to be able to skate forwards well, uh and you need to be able to, you know, do forward crossover as well, and you need to be able to skate backwards well before you move to this step,
before you move to this episode.
So, if you’re not good at those, I mean, you can keep listening, but I would really urge you to go perfect, I shouldn’t say perfect, you should get good at those mean, and you know, what does good look like?
It basically means you’re not falling down right, that you can do them consistently without falling down and that your balance is maintained well while doing those techniques. [4:52] So you’re going to want to do all those steps when first learning how to do backwards crossovers.
So let’s work on one one ft balancing.
So it should be easier for you this time, you know, the only element here, I mean the only element, it’s no big deal right is that you’re rolling backwards.
Um So first, you need to have good balance on one ft to do forward crossovers. So the same obviously applies when doing backward crossovers.
Um So, ah, if you can’t stand up well on one ft with your skates on, then the first thing I often recommend is to take your skates off and go practice balancing on one ft. [5:34] Without your skates on, you know, use a wall or chair to help balance you.
Um like I said, if you’re already at this point, You should be good at balancing on one ft because you can do forward crossovers.
So you want to also make sure anytime you’re struggling is, you know, you want to make sure you practice every day.
You know, my favorite technique for practicing is to just practice like 10 or 15 minutes every day on whatever it is. I’m trying to learn until, you know, you feel comfortable with it.
So in this case it would be standing on one ft and you should really be able to do that for I think 7 to 10 seconds without putting your foot down.
Now, I know some of you out there might scoff and be like, Doesn’t take 7-10 seconds to do a backward crossover. And I agree with you, it doesn’t, but I think having really good balance helps ensure you’re not going to fall down and that’s what most people want to avoid.
I don’t want to fall down, especially if you’re an adult and the older you get, the more that falling down hurts, it seems, or or I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but the more that I fall down, the older I get, it seems to hurt more and more.
Um So once you can stand on one ft without skates on, um then moved to rolling forward with skates on and so you can practice. [6:52] You know, skating each straightaway in a roller rink on one ft, you know, and skate on your right foot down one straightaway, lifting your left foot up off the ground, then switch feet, You know, going down the next straight away.
You know, you just practice this over and over again until you can skate the whole straightaway on one ft without putting your foot down. [7:12] And, you know, all of the above steps that I just mentioned, you know, you can do really going forwards or backwards,
because, you know, we’re talking about backward crossovers in this episode, you’re going to want to practice all of those steps going backwards. [7:29] Um So, you know, we did all of this back in, I think it was episode 26 that was about forward crossovers, and you know what we did was basically, you know, you practice skating the straightaways on one ft,
so you practice on your left foot down one straight away, when you go down the next straight away, practice standing on the right foot,
and when you get good at being able to do that.
Um I would say without putting your foot down, you can skate the whole straight away or at least half the straightaway without putting your foot down, then you’re good to progress to the next step.
So, you know, now that you can roll down the straightaways, rolling backwards, you know, on one ft, I think you’re ready to move on to backward crossovers at that point.
So I do want to mention that backwards crossovers are a whole lot easier if you can to forward crossover as well,
it doesn’t mean you can’t progress to this if you aren’t great at them, but the better you are at forward crossovers, the easier backward crossovers will be.
So what do I mean by well, so you should be able, in my opinion, to do, you know, 2-3 forward crossovers in a row without stumbling, losing your balance or falling over.
So that’s that’s step one. And if you can’t do that yet, I practice doing crossovers forwards more before you progress to this step. [8:53] Alright, let’s first talk about doing backwards crossovers in a counterclockwise direction,
you know, that’s typically the direction you skate when you’re at a roller rink, so you’re gonna stand on your right foot and you’re gonna lift your left leg up off the ground. [9:09] Then you’re going to cross your left leg over your right and place your left foot down on the other side of your right foot.
Now you’re going to pick up your right foot and bring it around to the correct skating stance where your left and your right feet are next to each other and your knees are bent, you know, and that in general is a basic backward crossover.
So, you know, I’m going to just repeat it again with a little more color. It’s basically, you know, you’re skating on your right foot. [9:38] Uh well you’re skating on both feet all right, and you pick your left leg up and you pick your whole left leg with the left skate up, and you put it on the other side of your right skate.
So basically your pinky toes from both of your skates are going to be right next to each other and both skates are going to be on the ground when you cross that left, skate over the right.
Now you pick up the right skate and you basically lift it up and swing it around behind you. [10:10] And then put it down next to your left skates, so that your two big toes are next to each other, and that basically is a backward crossover going in the counter clockwise direction.
So, you know, if you go back and listen to episode 26 you’ll hear that, it’s pretty much the exact same steps as a forward crossover, it’s just going backwards,
and, you know, the feet are different obviously when you’re going forward and you’re going in a counterclockwise direction, you cross your right leg over your left, when you’re going forward,
when you’re going backwards and you’re going in a counterclockwise direction, you cross your left foot over your right when you’re going backwards. [10:53] So, you know, it’s pretty much the same thing,
you know, but not because it’s backwards, you know, a lot of people who can do forwards crossovers, uh,
they can really struggle at first with backward crossovers because, well, you know, everything is backwards, I mean, it’s it sounds easy, and once you can do it it is easy,
but when you’re first learning it can actually be really difficult.
You know, not only are you going backwards, which obviously is harder, but the crossing of your feet is also different, you know, left over right instead of right over left,
So, you know, here’s a few tips when you’re first doing backward crossovers first, you know, just like with forward crossovers, you want to make sure your knees are bent. [11:39] And you know, just make sure you got your knees bent, make sure you’re leaning just a little forwards, right?
Not a ton, you know, don’t look crazy, you don’t want to be like bent over, but you should be leaning forward just a little bit and as you pick up your left foot, you don’t need to bring your knee waist high.
Like, you know, you may have done when you’re practicing standing on one ft earlier.
You know, I often will tell people like when you’re practicing doing one ft, you know, pick pick the foot up high off the ground, you know, pick the, pick the leg up off the ground a ways.
And so sometimes people over exaggerate that when they’re doing crossovers too, you don’t need to do that.
Uh you know, it just needs that leg that you’re bringing up to cross over, it just needs to come off the ground so you can get it over your right skate without clipping it.
Like you don’t want your left skate to hit your right skate out from under you.
And then, well, I mean down you go, right, I mean, you will fall at that point, so don’t do that,
uh you know, once you get your left skate on the other side of the right, place it down on the ground and let it sit there for a second or two before lifting your right leg off the ground and swinging it back around.
You know, by holding it like that, it allows you to roll for, you know, 1-2 seconds on two ft and gain your balance before you pick up the right foot.
You know, it’s probably gonna seem odd to skate like that, but it actually is great to exaggerate that motion, you know, it gets a feel for what the crossover really feels like at that midway point. [13:07] And it also allows you to balance before picking your foot back up off the ground. [13:13] Um You know, finally after you’ve held it for a second or two, you can lift the right foot from the ground and swing it around and stand on two ft, you know, skating normally going backwards and. [13:23] As you’re going to hear me say over and over again in a lot of these episodes, you know, just remember that if you’re struggling with balance, you know, use your arms, put your arms out into a T.
Formation, you know, like an airplane, you know, and you know, help with your balance, It really does, it helps with your balance.
There’s a reason figure skaters who are doing, you know, triple axels and crazy camel spins put their arms out to their side when they’re doing these things is because it helps with their balance.
Um so anyway, crossovers really bring a lot of extra speed and maneuverability when you’re going around the corners.
You know, that’s the real reason why you want to learn them. Most people just want to learn them because they look cool.
It’s like, hey, look at me, I can do crossovers, but that’s the purpose of them, the purpose of them is to allow you to maneuver easier when you’re going backwards and to gain speed.
So, you know, that’s that’s really the most, that’s the reason we do them, you know, and once you get good at picking up your foot and putting it on the other side, you can advance to generating more speed on the crossovers while going backwards.
So if you’re a little more advanced and maybe you’ve already mastered doing basic crossovers, just like Picking one ft up and putting it over the other. [14:44] And you’re getting some maneuverability out of that, let’s talk a little bit about how you, you know, pick up more speed.
So, you know, instead of picking up your left foot when you’re doing that counterclockwise um crossover. [14:58] And placing it on the other side of the right instead, you’re not going to actually pick that left foot up off the ground.
Instead you’re going to slide your left foot across the ground and to the other side of your right skate.
So it’s the same effect your foot goes in the same place when it switches to the other side of your right skate.
But how your foot gets there is different.
Instead of actually picking it up off the ground and placing it on the other side, you’re going to actually slide your foot across the surface to the other side of your right foot.
And as you’re doing that you’re going to push down into the floor with your left foot.
Then you also give a small push with your right foot. [15:45] As you lift it up off the floor and you know, place it back next to your left foot to complete the crossover.
So this sliding motion instead of the step over, cross over, it really helps to give you more speed around the turns while going backwards, You know, this is a more advanced technique, right?
Um and it’s going to take a bit of practice to master Well,
I see, I’ll see if I have a video of this, of me doing this and if so I’ll post it uh for you as an example of this technique, just to kind of give you some ideas, but,
you know, if you watch any figure skating, you know, if you watched any of this past olympics, for example, uh take a look at that, you know, you can see any,
figure skater doing this move when they do backwards crossovers, you know, they’re not picking their left foot up and crossing it over the right, they’re sliding it,
right, and that’s so that they can gain speed. [16:38] Um That the second technique I talked about was as that left leg crosses over the right as it slides over the right,
you can then use that back right to kind of push off on the outer right front wheel,
and push off that way and gain just a little bit more speed.
But typically most of the speed comes from that front leg sliding across in front of the other one, that’s where you gain most of your speed.
Um So when you’re doing this version of a backward crossover, the forward crossing foot really never leaves the ground, and you know, again, like I said, this is really done, so the skater can pick up speed. [17:19] So you know, you may wonder why do speed skaters for example, not do this when they. [17:24] You know our skating forwards?
And this is because you know when you skate forwards, you use the plant leg, you know the leg that’s not doing the crossover,
to push off against the ground as you complete the crossover, So the crossing leg crosses over, and then you push off hard with the plant leg into the next crossover.
So this is much harder to do, you know when you’re skating backwards and it can kind of look jarring.
Um I do it sometimes where like I said, I’ll have that little uh you know that right leg kind of push off on the front toe side, uh front toe side wheel as I’m pushing.
Um But you gotta have pretty good balance to be able to do that, otherwise you will fall.
Um When you’re speed skating forward, it is really the plant leg that is giving you that extra push off when you’re going around the corner.
So you know if you’re going counterclockwise, you push off with your right leg, you’re standing on your left, you cross the right leg over the left, then that left leg. [18:27] Is going to be the next leg you pick up, you push off while you’re in that cross over with that left leg before you swing it back around into your skating stance.
And that actually helps too give you an extra push, and so this is how you can actually gain more speed on the crossovers than you do on the straightaways.
That is very, very common in speed skating to get more speed going around the crossovers than on the straightaways.
So most advanced skaters will slide the crossing foot over the other when skating backwards instead of picking it up um as we’ve discussed,
but don’t feel bad, you know, if you are where you are in your skating journey, if you’re just getting started, I would not recommend doing that slide of the left foot in front,
to the other side of the right, it’s a much easier way to clip your skate and to fall.
Um you will fall if you clip your skate, there’s probably no doubt about it unless your balance is just amazing or you get lucky.
So just remember the important thing to remember when you’re first learning is to pick the foot up and place it on the other side of the plant leg.
You know, you’re really not looking for speed here, you know, I repeat if you’re a beginner, you’re not looking for speed, beginners need to focus on technique and getting that technique right, making sure the motion is right. [19:52] You know, I just threw out that more advanced technique for those of you who are already working on, you know, these backward crossovers and maybe you’ve had them down for a while, but uh maybe you’d like to go faster,
skating backwards, and maybe there’s other people at your rink that are faster than you, and you’re like, how are they so much faster than me skating backwards?
It’s because they’re probably better at backward crossovers than you, and so that’s the part you really need to work on, you know, focus on that part of the technique if you want to get faster. [20:21] Alright again, you want to practice backward step overs, crossovers over and over again.
You know, if you’re struggling, try to do just one crossover per corner,
You know, then ramp yourself up, you know, slowly go to doing two crossovers per corner and then three,
and then four, you know, and once you get good crossing the left foot over the right, then you know what’s coming next, you need to practice doing it in a clockwise direction,
you know, where you cross the right, skate over the left and I promise you. [20:56] It will feel a lot harder to go in the opposite direction, you know, it just takes some time and practice to get good at it.
And, you know, if you skate at a rink most of the time, then it can be really hard to practice opposite direction unless you’re rink does that, so,
really probably the best way to get a lot of practice going in a clockwise direction is to make sure you have a good pair of outdoor, you know, skate wheels and practice outside,
right, or practice in a basement or garage, because that’s probably,
the only way you’re going to get a lot of practice at my rink.
They do clockwise direction, skates for Maybe two or 3 songs.
So you’ll get maybe 10-15 minutes And that’s a three or four hour skate session, you get 15 minutes to go the other way basically.
So it’s not very long and if you need more practice than that, um then you’re going to have to find another way to get it. [21:58] So once you’re good at doing crossovers by picking your feet up, you know, try the backward crossover slide move that I discussed.
You know, some of you may even find that crossover easier than the step over.
You know, I mentioned it above to give you, you know, just something additional to work on.
I know there’s a lot of intermediate and advanced skaters out there who have been skating for just as long as me, who listen to my podcast, and I want to say thank you to all of you guys out there who do that.
Thank you. That’s really cool. Um. [22:31] And you know, I find that it’s something I don’t necessarily see all intermediate and advanced skaters doing, so I thought I’d throw it out there,
you know, the most important part as a beginner is always go slow and just try to have fun with it, you know,
if you’re not having fun, you’re gonna quit at least I I usually do if I’m not having fun with something and I’m trying to learn something new, so it’s it’s important to kind of, you know, keep a good attitude, remember this is just skating. [23:00] You know, nobody’s nobody’s going for any gold medals here, maybe someday the, you know, skating will be in the olympics, but until that day, um you know, just have fun with it,
you know, you use those arms for balance, remember to keep your knees bent, you know, remember to give yourself a lot of patience, breathe, that’s always good, breathing is good, just remember you got this, you can do it. [23:26] You know, if you’re getting frustrated, remember that repetition over a series of days and weeks is more important than hours and hours and hours of practice in a single day.
I am super guilty of this, I will like try to learn some new roller skating technique and I’ll be like, I’m going to master this today, when did you first learn how to do it today?
I’m going to master it today, it’s not gonna happen, like you’re not going to become a master at something in a day, it’s just impossible, so you’re better off just practicing it for, You know, 30 minutes to an hour at the most.
I typically have really pushed myself now to only do 10 or 15 minutes and be more consistent.
That’s the key, right, consistency is the key with anything you want to get good at in life, at least that’s been true for me.
Um Maybe maybe you’re different, but um it takes me many, many days over and over again of practicing something to get good at it.
So as we close, I’m going to give you one more tip that I personally do. [24:31] You know, every single time I skate or you know, really learn anything new,
and it’s kind of what I just said, but I wanted to kind of break it down in a little bit more detail because maybe it will help you in other parts of your life to not just skating, you know, so when I go skating and I have, you know, a trick or a technique. [24:52] That I know how to do, I spend the vast majority of my time skating doing those techniques,
you know, and I know you might be like, hey, you’re not learning anything new, but actually I am, I’m learning how to perfect those particular techniques.
I’m trying to get better at them and, you know, as you can probably see from the way I’ve structured these podcast episodes. [25:16] Skills build on top of each other, like you can’t do backwards crossovers before you can skate backwards,
and you can’t do backwards crossovers before you can do forward crossovers or at least you really shouldn’t try um you know, and you shouldn’t try skating backwards before you really learn how to skate forwards will.
Um so these skills really build on top of each other and so by really working on the things that you already know how to do, um you’re perfecting them, you’re getting better at them and then, you know, as you’re. [25:51] I, you know, I then have things that I’m working on, you know, things that I’m not very good at things, you know, that I can’t do well or struggle to maintain my balance while doing them.
Um you know, when I try to spend No more than like 15-20% of my time when I’m skating, working on those new techniques,
you know the new techniques that I suck at right now, like there’s lots of stuff I can’t do on my skates right, even after all the years that I’ve skated.
Um So you know, these are the things that I really struggle with, whatever it may be.
Um One of the things that I am still working on and practicing is like, you know, spinning on my toes, great example, right?
Like I’m really good at being able to do two ft spins with all my wheels on the ground.
Um but trying to do that same spin. [26:44] 2010 Rev, Let’s say while I’m up on my toes, it’s a lot harder for me.
Um some of you jam skaters out there that may listen to me might be like, oh, that’s easy, I can do that on one ft, you know?
Well that’s because you’ve practiced it a lot and I haven’t, so you know, we’re all struggling with something, we’re all learning something new, whatever it may be, right,
and then, you know, I use about 15% of my time, like let’s say I’m skating a one hour session, I’ll skate 15 minutes that way, right, practicing these other techniques, whatever they may be and then I spend the rest of my time doing the things I already know how to do,
you know, and just skating and you know, talking to people and having fun,
and you know, I always start on the things I know how to do first and then build up to the stuff, I don’t know how to do, then I try some of that challenging stuff and then before I’m done, I go back to the things that I already know how to do well. [27:41] And you know, that may seem kind of silly, but that,
kind of back and forth between, hey, I know how to do this and now I’m going to do some stuff, I don’t know how to do,
you know it really, it seems to help me, you know, once you ramp up and ramp back down, uh, you know, it just seems to help me get my confidence right?
It allows you to get some confidence because you know, you’re doing things that you can easily do and then you jump into things that are harder to do and then you go back to things that you know how to do right and. [28:17] You know that going back and forth just just seems to really help me a lot with my confidence.
So after some time struggling with the new techniques ah and and trying to go back to the things that you know how to do after that, it really, it does, it helps to keep my confidence up and you know, realize that. [28:39] All this is just a journey, right, You know, you’re just everybody’s trying to learn something new.
Most of the advanced skaters I know, I mean, I guess there’s some arrogant ones out there, but I don’t really know those people very well because I don’t tend to talk too arrogant people,
you know, might be like, I can do everything, I don’t know, you can’t write, no, you can’t, nobody can do everything.
And every intermediate and advanced skater that I know that I’ve been skating for decades, everybody’s trying to learn something new, whatever it may be. [29:08] And that’s how they got to be an advanced skater is they have that thirst and that drive don’t want to learn something new every time they go out and skate.
Um so, you know, it just takes a lot of time and repeated practice, you know, to get good at anything and really confidence, right and just believing that you can do it. [29:31] That’s so important to succeeding. You know, you got to keep those negative thoughts out of your head, you know that, Oh, you look stupid. Oh, you’re a moron.
Oh, you look dumb. Why are you trying that? Like, we all have those thoughts, Everybody thinks like that at some point inside their head, right?
The people who get really good at something, learn how to squash that, right? They push that out and they go, yeah, okay.
Or they laugh at themselves a little, right? I do that a lot.
You know, I fell down. Ha ha look at me. Um you know, you just got to keep those negative thoughts out of your head.
You know, that awesome skater, you see skating around the rink floor or on Youtube videos, right?
You see these like five minute youtube videos and you’re like, oh my God, look how great that person is. Yeah, but you know what, they don’t have on Youtube, they don’t have the 400 days it took for them to learn how to learn how to do that, right?
There are hours and hours of practice involved to get to that point, you know, over and over and over again and you know, that’s, that’s how you make it look effortless and easy. [30:39] And so, you know, believe it or not, you’re most likely more advanced at skating than someone else who’s just starting out or can’t skate backwards or do forward, you know, forward crossovers,
you know, and it’s just always important to remember that,
like, you know, we all are somewhere on the, you know, the skating spectrum, you know, we all have something to learn and we all have something to teach and help others.
And so, you know, that’s part of why I’m doing what I’m doing. I’m just trying to help out other folks who maybe aren’t quite as far along as I am.
Um, so, you know, the most important thing I can encourage you is, you know, just don’t give up, just keep trying to get better every day and believe, you know, you can do this. [31:29] Alright everybody, I think that’s all I’ve got to say for today’s episode. I hope you enjoyed it.
And you know, as I’ve said before, we’re slowly building up to harder skills. Hopefully I haven’t lost any of your new beginners out there. [31:44] If so, you know, maybe you just need to slow down a little bit more um you know, stick with it, you can do all these things that I’m teaching, it just takes a little bit of extra time and a little bit of patience,
and as I’ve said before, I’m still planning on, you know, doing. [32:00] We got several more episodes still left to do. [32:04] You know, we’re going to go as far as some basic artistic skating jumps and spins.
Next week we’re gonna be talking about practicing doing two ft turns, So you’ll be skating forwards and you’ll turn on two ft and now you’ll be going backwards and you’ll be going backwards and now you’ll turn on two ft and you’ll be going forwards.
So that’s what we’re going to talk about in next week’s episode. [32:27] If you want to see a transcript of today’s episode or get more information about some of the things I discussed today.
Then check out the show notes. You can get those at roller skate dad dot com slash 28. [32:41] Alright, everybody, that’s a wrap until the next time. Get on out there and skate. [32:48] Thank you for listening to the roller skate dad podcast at www dot roller skate dad dot com.
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Did you like what you heard? Do you want to hear more? Check out these additional episodes:
- Episode 1 – Get Out There & Skate
- Episode 2 – The Roller Skate Wheels Episode
- Episode 3 – The Roller Skate Bearings Show
- Episode 4 – Teaching Roller Skating to Others
- Episode 5 – Roller Skating Injuries & Protective Gear
- Episode 6 – Avid Roller Skater Alberto Quinones
- Episode 7 – Rollergirls: The Story of Flat Track Derby
- Episode 8 – The Roller Skate Boots Show
- Episode 9 – Starting a Roller Skating Rink
- Episode 10 – United Skates Documentary with Tina Brown and Dyana Winkler
- Episode 11 – The Skate Critic with Ginger Mathews
- Episode 12 – Milla Juke-a-bitch
- Episode 13 – Ask Dad: Your Roller Skating Questions Answered
- Episode 14 – Ask Dad – Balancing Exercises, Helping a Child Skate & Picking Skates for Stability
- Episode 15 – UK Artistic Roller Skating Performer, Coach & Organizer Dave Nicholls
- Episode 16 – Building Nonprofit Roller Skating Clubs with Dave Nicholls (part 2)
- Episode 17 – Roller Skating Health Benefits
- Episode 18 – Getting Started Roller Skating – Part 1: The Skater’s Mindset
- Episode 19 – Getting Started Roller Skating – Part 2: Tips for Picking Out Your First Roller Skates – Part 1 of 2
- Episode 20 – Getting Started Roller Skating – Part 3: Tips for Picking Out Your First Roller Skates – Part 2 of 2
- Episode 21 – Getting Started Roller Skating – Part 4: Choosing Your First Roller Skates
- Episode 22 – Getting Started Roller Skating – Part 5: Picking Out Your Safety Gear
- Episode 23 – Getting Started Roller Skating – Part 6: Falling Down & Getting Back Up
- Episode 24 – Getting Started Roller Skating – Part 7: Learn How to Stop on Roller Skates
- Episode 25 – Getting Started Roller Skating – Part 8: Skate Forwards Without Falling Down
- Episode 26 – Getting Started Roller Skating – Part 9: Balance, Standing on One Foot & Crossovers
- Episode 27 – Getting Started Roller Skating – Part 10: Roller Skating Backwards
- Episode 28 – Getting Started Roller Skating – Part 11: Doing Backwards Crossovers
- Episode 29 – Getting Started Roller Skating – Part 12: Doing Two Foot Turns
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