In today’s episode, I discuss balance, standing on one foot while roller skating and then doing crossovers.
Roller skating is all about balance on your roller skates, so I spend quite a bit of time talking about it in this episode. One of my favorite activities for improving balance is doing yoga. I personally love Yoga with Adriene on YouTube. She’s very patient and great for beginners. Just search her channel for balance and you will find tons of videos.
After your balance is solid, then you can start practicing doing one foot balance on straightaways. Then, once you have mastered that skill, then move to crossovers. This is a technique I show in my roller skating tricks page if you want to see some silent videos of me. 🙂
Episode 26 Transcript[0:04] Hey everybody, Welcome to the Roller skate Dad podcast. [0:10] This is episode # 26. Let’s get started. [0:17] Yeah, 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.[0:37] Mhm. Hey everybody, Welcome to the Roller skate Dad podcast.
I’m so glad all of you guys could join me today today.
We’re gonna be talking about the getting started roller skating series and we’re going to be moving on to the next steps,
Which is discussing balance, standing on one ft and doing some front crossovers.[1:06] Some more advanced stuff.
Finally, I can hear some of you out there yelling at your radio or at your phone.
So for you beginners out there, crossovers is a short term for crossing one ft over the other. So typically your right foot over your left foot when you’re going around corners.
So in most skating rinks, you go in a counterclockwise direction.
And so typically a crossover is when you come around the corner, you stand on your left foot, you pick your right foot up and you cross it over the left foot and then you pick the left foot up and put it next to the right foot and then you do it again.
And so if you’ve ever watched speed skating, like ice speed skating, the olympics was just on just this past past winter,
you watch some short track or long track speedskating, you see people do doing crossovers around the turns, they’re used especially for picking up speed.
Um and they’re just super fun to do and it’s a great way to get around the corner and it’s a great way to dodge people. So it is definitely a more advanced technique.
But I think after you get to a point where you’re able to glide really well um getting to the point where you can do crossovers is kind of the next step,
so that’s what we’re going to cover next. Um.[2:34] And I just wanted to mention, you know, I talked mostly about doing counterclockwise direction crossovers, that’s where you stand on your left foot and you cross your right foot over your left.
But of course, you know, you can do it the other way too if you’re skating in a clockwise direction,
um you can cross your left foot over your right uh most skating rinks, like I said, always skate in the counter clockwise direction, so um that’s why we’ll be talking mostly about that today.
So this is.[3:08] Uh more advanced technique than what we’ve been covering, like I said, so, you know, I want to do a quick recap in case you landed on this episode or just listening to this, and they’re like, wow, he’s already talking about crossovers, I don’t even know how to skate yet.
So this has been a series of podcasts that I’ve been doing called the getting started roller skating series.
And we started it off with talking about how to get in the right skaters mindset, believing you can do this, you know, you got this, you can skate no matter what age you’re at,
and picking out, you know, the next episodes, there were two of them, in fact were about how to go about picking out your first pair of roller skates.
So the first episode was a lot about uh you know what all the different parts are that make up a roller skate and the second episode and that’s part since sub series was about,
some recommendations that I made around good.[4:04] Beginner skates that you could start with. Then the next episode was about how to pick out the right safety equipment.
So this was things like how to pick out knee pads and elbow pads and shoulder, not shoulder pads and knee pads and elbow pads and wrist guards.
I was thinking about football and the helmet and things like that.
Uh and then I followed that up with some roller skating basics in the next episode, so things like how to fall down properly and how to get back up from the ground without, you know, getting your fingers rolled over.
And then the next episode was about how to do uh all different kinds of stops on your roller skates.
So this was like, how do you actually, okay? You know, stop on those skates and you may think like, why would you teach that before you would teach people how to skate well, because you need to know how to stop before you skate, It’s kind of important.
Um otherwise it can be very scary to to be rolling and not understand how to slow down.[5:05] Um and then last week, the last episode that I just did, we discussed skating forwards without falling down.
So if you missed any of those, you’re going to want to go back, you definitely don’t want to come to this episode as a complete beginner.
You need to be able to glide on both feet, meaning you can skate normally before you start trying the things that I’m going to be talking about in this episode and the future episodes.[5:36] For those of you who can’t want to try stuff anyway, go for it.
Just realize you’ve been warned so. So this week I’m gonna really focus first on balance And we’re gonna talk about then standing on one ft,
and then doing crossovers, because all of these are steps that you need to do.[5:58] To actually get to crossovers if you can’t balance, you can’t do crossovers if you can’t stand on one ft, you can’t do crossovers.
Okay, so this is a slow build up and so you have to be able to balance on two ft first, then move to balancing good on one ft.
Then once you can do those two things, you can start working on crossovers, so a logical three step process.
Thank you. Spock, it’s very logical.
Alright, so don’t skip straight to crossovers, like I just said, so without knowing how to balance on two ft first and then one ft.
Okay, let’s get started. So first, if you need help balancing on two ft,
go back and listen to the previous episodes covered all kinds of tips and those, uh, you know, locking your wheels using slow roll bearings, balancing in the grass carpet, you know, holding onto a wall or railing.[6:52] Um so I’m not going to cover balance on two ft here, so we’re going to slowly start Ramping up the difficulty.
So let’s discuss balancing on one ft First, I’m assuming that you’re stable and you can you can skate on two ft and you should not be falling down just doing basic skating once you get to this point.
So once you skate on two ft, you should be able to skate on one ft, that’s the next big challenge and a lot of skating and a lot of cool tricks, you see,
the balance just becomes a bigger thing, you know, you get to artistic skating or jam skating or even like speedskating honestly, but certainly jam and artistic skating, there’s a lot of balance involved in those two.
Um And I can hear you Derby players out there and hockey players going, hey, balances, you know, important thing in ours too, but you’re, you’re right, it’s just a little bit different in the jam skating and artistic skating because you’re often on one ft,
or you’re often spinning on one ft, so that is a much more difficult uh and and requires even more balance than normal.
So let’s talk about um let’s talk about one ft balancing.[8:11] So first you’re going to practice standing on one ft without skates on.
I know it sounds dumb, but just humor me. More than likely you don’t have skates on while you’re listening to me, maybe you do, I don’t know.
So for but for most people, They want to go straight to skating on one ft and then they can’t do it and they get frustrated.
So what I typically tell people to do if you can’t skate on one ft already is take off your skates and go practice standing on one ft without your skates on.[8:45] And guess what? Most of those people, they can’t stand on one ft without skates on or they can’t stand on one ft for very long.
So while I’m recording this, I’m gonna stand on one ft and see how long I can stand there.
So if you can’t do the trick without skates on, then you can’t do it with them on.
This is an important thing. I’m gonna say it again, if you can’t do any of the tricks that I’m going to talk about over the next several episodes, if you can’t do them without your skates on, then you’re not going to be able to do them with your skates on.
Okay, this is something that we as artistic skaters and you’ll see it if you ever watch uh ice skating figure skating online or online or on tv,
um you’ll notice that a lot of the skaters if you watch them on the sides of the floor, they’re practicing all their jumps,
some of them even try to practice spins, that’s a little harder to do because, you know, you’re basically just jumping kind of like ballet style on one ft around, but,
we always used to practice that way, so,
works the same for these more beginner tricks as well.
Try to do these things without your skates on first and make sure you can do them before you try them with your skates on.[10:05] Okay, so leave your skates off, find a wall or a chair and go stand by it.
Uh Next you want to lift your non dominant foot off the floor and you want to raise your knee up until your knee is a little lower than waist high.
So now you want to hold and you want to count,
one Mississippi 2, Mississippi three Mississippi or you can use a stopwatch, a Fitbit and I watch, you know, whatever you got to time yourself, that’s the key.
Uh you know, if you want to get fancy, you can use use those things, but I’m old school, I use Mississippi’s okay, So the key is just count the number of seconds, you know, see how long you can hold that, I’ll wait, go ahead, try it.[10:54] All right, How’s that working for you? Are you able to stand on one ft, maybe five seconds Maybe he fell over?
Maybe you needed that wall or the chair, you know, to hold you up?[11:06] Um It’s okay, but maybe you can hold it for 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 seconds. Or maybe you’re a balanced master and you know, you can stand like that for minutes on end. It’s so great job. [11:20] You know, if not that’s okay too, don’t worry, we all start somewhere,
and, you know, you don’t need to be a yogi standing on one ft all day to be able to do crossovers, but you know, you need to be able to do it for a little while without um without it being a problem.[11:38] Uh So anyway, let’s not get too far ahead though on the crossover part.
So let me talk to those of you who are struggling a little bit. Here’s a few tips. So like I said stand next to a wall or a chair, use the chair or wall when you feel yourself starting to lose balance right or you’re about to fall over.
Try not to use the chair or wall.
Um If you can write but use it to Push yourself back into the position with your knee raised and standing on one ft you know, again, like most things have patience, you know, with yourself,
And if you’re struggling practice, you know, standing on one ft for maybe like 15 or 20 minutes a day.[12:20] And then get on with the rest of your day, you know, come back to it tomorrow.
Doing more per day is not really gonna get you better at this activity, But doing it every day for 15-20 minutes every single day, it that will get you better at it.
Um and doing more than that, especially if you’re struggling, it’s just going to make you mad.
So, and most people are going to quit uh and be like, I’m just not good at balance and I’m here to tell you if you can’t balance at all, you’re going to have a really tough time skating.
So if you want to learn how to skate, you really need to work on your balance, another great pass.
You know, practice to take up if you’re really struggling or honestly, even if you’re not is yoga.
Um I noticed some of you that may be a stretch.
I know it was for me for a long time, for years. My wife, she’d recommend that I go do yoga.[13:20] And to me I was always like, yeah, yeah sure I’ll go do yoga.
You know, maybe someday not today, you know, But she was telling me to do it mostly for you know for stress relief.
I managed a lot of people. I had about 100 people that worked for me.
Um And you know, I was really stressed out all the time.
I had no time or I felt like I had no time and just problems all day long.
And so it was like there’s no way I can, you know, Take an hour or even 20 minutes out of my day to do yoga, you know? But.[13:59] It’s actually a really great daily practice, not just for helping you balance, but for all kinds of things, you know, range of motion and just overall health.
I highly recommend it now.
I started really doing yoga probably about, I guess it was about four or five years ago,
and it really helped uh I’ve always had pretty good balance because I always skated as a kid and as an adult for most of my life.
Um but I actually think my balance has gotten even better just because of yoga.
So I highly recommend it, you know, this doesn’t mean you gotta like join some fancy yoga class and you know, go three or four times a week, pay hundreds of dollars by yoga pants, you know.[14:49] But you know like some of you out there that might be your jam, if that’s your jam, go for it.
Like I’m not here to stop you from doing that, that’s not what I do for me. I just do it a few times a week here in my home and I watch free yoga with Adrienne videos on Youtube.
Adrian’s a local yogi here in Austin texas where I live nearby Austin and I just like her because she’s soothing and patient and calm and she’s really good at yoga.
Um however, she’s like really focused on patients and going slow for beginners.
So I personally like to do my yoga, like really early in the morning, you know, it’s a good start to the day,
and I honestly just feel a whole lot better in general after, you know, I do a 15 to 30 minutes session,
you know, she has some really great beginner balanced videos, too,
so, you know, I’ll link those up in the show notes for those of you who, you know, really need to work on balance a lot, or even if you don’t need to work on balance a lot and you just want to get really good at it, like.[16:04] She’s really good at it, it’s like really good at it, her balance is insane, so. [16:10] You know, if yoga is not your thing, you can also try, you know, things like, I don’t know, balance beam, you know, jim any gymnasts out there, just kidding, you know?
But like maybe other balance activities that you could do.[16:26] You know, water or snow skiing, those are good for balance skateboarding, obviously, ice skating, surfing, wakeboarding, you know?
Uh but you know, I’d actually argue if you can probably do any of those activities, you’re probably waiting on me to get to the hard stuff in this episode, you’re probably like okay,
enough, I get it, but biking is also another good activity.
Um You may want to try that too.
Another technique I like to do what I’m walking actually when I walk our german shepherd is, I like to hop up on a curb,
and I’ll just walk heel to toe along, like a narrow curb on the side of the street and it’s kind of like a balance beam of sorts, I guess.
So I don’t know, it may sound silly, but I think it helps. Alright, so let’s keep moving.
Um for most people balancing on their dominant leg is going to mean their right leg.[17:33] I’m left handed, so that’s not the case for me, but for most of you, that’s probably what it’s going to be, and unfortunately that’s not going to really probably help with standard crossovers because like I said, you know, we,
go in the counterclockwise direction and you stand on your left leg predominantly and cross your right leg over your left.
Um So so switch feet and we’re going to stand on our left foot right, so you’re gonna stand on your left foot and raise your right knee a little bit lower than waist high.[18:01] Uh and so now you want to look and see, like, did you get the same result if before you were standing on your right leg And you know, you were like, Oh, I do great there, I can hold it for like 25 seconds or 30 seconds without any issue, without putting my foot down.
Um You know, now when you do it on the left leg and you raise your right leg up off the ground, you know, is it the same result, or is it worse? Maybe it’s better?
Um So like I was saying, you know, I’m left handed, so I do better standing on my left leg for longer and raising my right knee than the other way around.
Um but my recommendation to most new skaters is to be able to stand on one ft for.[18:42] I’d say at least 10 seconds without your skates on before you attempt, you know, one ft skating and crossovers, I mean, some, some of you out there might be like, that’s extreme.
Um that seems like a lot because crossovers don’t take more than maybe a second or two, but I again think that it’s about balance, right, the better the balances, and I really don’t want to fall like that.
I’m, you know, in my late 40s, I don’t want to fall even now, you know, so it’s like, I know I’m not going to hurt myself horribly,
but If you really want to ensure that you don’t fall, being able to stand on one ft for at least 10 seconds will help to ensure that if you’re going to move on to crossovers.
But you know, again, you don’t have to listen to my advice, go straightforward on skates if you’re willing and you know, you’re daring, I’m just trying to keep you from splattering on the ring floor or on the concrete, which would be way worse.
Okay, so by this point you need to be able to stand on either foot without skates on for 10 seconds, and once you can do that, nice job, give yourself a little pat on the back.
You know, there’s a lot of people actually out there that can’t do that. I know that sounds silly, but they can’t.
So let’s go ahead and, you know, grab your skates, lace them up.[20:00] And go get on the floor right? And so what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna begin rolling forward on two ft and you’re gonna lift your non dominant foot up off the floor.
So for most of you that will mean your left foot And you’re gonna pick your left foot up off the floor.
I’m doing it right now, and you’re gonna bring your knee about a little lower than waist high and stand like this for 10 seconds, and then you’re gonna put that foot back down on the floor,
and your practice this one leg until it feels comfortable and you’re rolling on your skates right?
So you’re rolling, you pick up one ft right?
Okay, now you’re going to switch to the other leg.[20:37] Okay? So pick up your right foot and skate on your left leg right, and you want to skate like that,
and practice that over and over and over again, believe it or not, this is actually a real technique that we taught at the Artistic skating center that I worked at.
So and that I taught at and that I competed at this is how we taught our beginners. They would start with their two ft when they start with learning how to get up from the ground, then they start learning how to how to skate on two ft.
And then we practice one ft straightaways. So what are one ft straightaways?
That’s basically where on one straightaway of the roller rink, you lift your right leg and you skate on your left foot,
then you just skate normally around the around the turn, And then when you come to the next straightaway, you pick your left foot up and you skate all the way down the straightaway, on one ft.[21:27] Yeah, all the way down that straightaway, and so you alternate. [21:31] On one straight away, you pick up your right foot on the other straight away, you pick up your left foot and you skate the entire straightaway without putting your foot down, right.
So you gotta make sure you have a, you know, a decent amount of speed. So you can actually get to the corner before you then just skate normally around the corners.
So that’s how you actually practice um one ft, one ft balance, and so once you have that drill down and you feel comfortable then it’s time to move to crossovers.
I hear it finally, I know you guys are saying, okay, finally he’s going to talk about crossovers.
So let’s talk about crossovers. So crossovers, they’re typically something you do around the corners,
right, and they’re there to gain speed actually, I mean that’s what you do in speed skating, you use your crossovers to gain speed, but you can also use them just to maintain your speed right or take a sharp turn.
Um But they really can be done anywhere, they don’t have to be done on the corners, That’s just where you typically will do them as a beginner when you’re first learning.[22:43] Um So let’s talk first about doing crossovers in a counterclockwise direction, So you’re going to stand on your left foot and you’re gonna lift your right leg up off the ground.
Then you’re going to cross that right leg and foot over your left, right, all the way on the other side of your left foot, and you want to make sure your knees are still bent right, keep your knees bent just a little bit while you’re doing this,
you’re gonna want to place your right foot down on the other side of your left foot.
And now what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna pick up your left foot and bring it around to the correct skating stance, where your left and right foot are now next to each other and your knees are bent and you’re leaning forward just a little bit in your in the correct skating stance.
So that in general is a basic crossover.
So there’s all kinds of additional things that you can do with crossovers for speed skating.
I’m not going to get into that today. We’ll talk about that when we get to speed skating in a future episode to where you can actually push with that back foot to to really give you more power and make you go faster.
Um But that’s a basic crossover.
Um So there’s a few tips. When you first start doing crossovers, make sure your knees are bent and that’s the most important thing.
Make sure you’re leaning a little forwards right as you pick up your right foot.[24:06] You don’t want to actually bring your knee waist high. I know that’s how we practiced, you know, one ft, but you don’t want to actually do that.
It just needs to come up off the ground, your foot just needs to come up off the ground. So you can get it over your left skate without clipping it.
That’s the most important thing. You don’t want to hit your other skate right?
And then once you get your right skate on the other side of your left,
you know, you place it down on the ground, let it sit there maybe for like a second or two at the most when you’re first practicing, because you’re trying to practice the motion right,
And you want to make sure you have balance right, then you want to lift your left foot off the ground, right, and this allows you to roll for, you know, 1-2 seconds on two ft before you pick up the left foot.
And that’s an odd way to skate across over just so, you know, it may seem odd to you, but it’s actually great to exaggerate that motion and get a feel for what the crossover feels like at that midway point.[25:13] Not to mention that’s actually a great speed skating practice technique.
Two really practice doing great crossovers, which as I’ve said before, are essential for speed skating.
One of the speed skating training techniques we used to use is you would skate the straightaways, you get to the crossovers, you do one crossover and you hold it all the way around the turn.[25:38] Then when you get to the straightaway, you come out of the crossover and you skate again.
And the idea behind that was to really perfect the crossover to make sure you were doing it correctly to make sure you were crossing that foot correctly.
More importantly, you were using that left leg to kick out when you came out of the crossover, because that’s so important for gaining additional speed on the turns.
Um So anyway, uh finally after you’ve held it for a second or two, you know, you want to lift that left foot off from the ground and swing it around and stand on your two ft skating normally again.
And so if you’re struggling with balance here, you can also put your arms out into a t like an airplane, You know, to help with the balance. I mentioned that in the last episode two works here as well.
And so when you’re first doing crossovers, it’s really important not to overdo it.
Um I typically tell beginners to just start by doing one crossover in each corner.[26:40] So, you know, just make it a good one, then skate the rest of the way around the corner and then skate the straight away and when you get to the next corner, do one crossover again,
and then just skate the rest of the corner normally and you know, just keep practicing that until you feel comfortable,
now, once you have that down and you can do one in,
each turn, you know, start practice doing two crossovers, so that’d be, you know, you pick your right foot up, you cross it over your left, you move your left foot back to the normal skating position, then you cross your right leg over your left again, do it again, right,
and then when you can do that, move up to doing three crossovers on each turn and when you can do that,
Do four crossovers on each turn, you know, more than that, I mean, I’m trying to think, it depends on how wide your skating a corner, but most adults only need like 3-4 crossovers to get around the corner again, it really matters how sharp the turn is.
I mean, I guess if you’re doing a really wide circle you could probably do seven or eight crosses on a corner, but not typically usually it’s no more than five, you know, and if you’re struggling with that move again.[27:50] You know, I kind of jumped right into doing crossovers on your skates, but I said at the beginning of this episode, right,
if you’re struggling take the skates off and head over to the carpet, or on the grass, if you don’t have a rink, right or house, just teasing.
If you, if you can’t skate at a rink, right, you may not have carpet at the rink, you know, go over into the grass and just practice the movement right, stand on your left leg.
I used to practice crossovers all the time without my skates on, and just cross your right leg over your left, put your right foot down on the ground, pick your left foot up, bring it back next to it, right, and just practice that without your skates on.
It’s a great, especially if you’re struggling a lot of times, even people with decent balance, the crossover is one of the first hard things that they have to learn how to do. How do I how do I cross my right foot over my left while I’m rolling.
And so it can actually be a whole lot easier to just take the skates off and go practice without them on and, you know, just practice the exact same movements over and over again,
and uh, and you’ll get it, you know, you will, it, it just takes a little bit of practice.
And finally, once you get the crossovers going in a counterclockwise fashion.[29:10] Um once you get that down, then I got a wrinkle for you, right?
And this will probably be easier to practice, you know, outdoors or maybe at home in a garage or a basement or something like that.[29:23] Practice going clockwise, go the other direction, and this will be where you pick up your left foot and cross it over your right, you know, so it’s the same movement,
but I promise you it’s going to feel very different even for like super advanced skaters, people who skate all the time.
Uh if you’re rink doesn’t do opposite skate where you get to go in the other direction and you don’t get to practice this very often, a lot of people who can do normal crossovers going in one direction, can’t do them in the other.
So even somebody like me, if I haven’t been skating for, you know, a few weeks and I get out there on the floor, um sometimes I’ll struggle a little bit with the clockwise direction crossovers.
And so, so anyway, uh that’s an extra wrinkle and, you know, once you get good at crossovers.
One thing that I like to do and how I make sure that I don’t.[30:24] That I don’t lose the ability to do clockwise crossovers, is I just practice both crossovers going down the straightaways.
So this is where like you skate down the straightaway and you cross your right foot over your left, then you cross your left foot over your right, then you cross your right foot over the left, then you cross the left foot over the right and, you know, you kind of,
get this zigzag look going down the straightaways, but it’s a great warm up technique for me.
It’s just one of the things I do every time I hit the floor, and uh, you know, so if you come out to play land, you’ll see,
some guy doing zigzags down the, down the straightaway, that’s probably me be like, hey, he’s a middle aged looking dude, I bet that’s roller skate, dad, yep, it’s me, come up and say hi.
So, you know, I make this zigzag pattern down the straightaway and you know, it just helps me to make sure that I’m practicing,
those leftover right crossovers as much as I get to practice the right over left, because we do the right over left all day long.
So, so anyway, it’s always good to practice, um no matter how much experience you have.[31:31] Alright, everybody. I think that’s all I’m going to have for today’s episode. I hope you enjoyed it.
As you can tell, we’re slowly building up to the harder skills,
and I plan to take you a little further Still, like we discussed in the last episode, I’m going to go as far as some, you know, basic artistic skating jumps and spins, you know, and we’ll talk about some of the other roller sports.
I mean, I’ve played some of them, not all of them.
Maybe I’ll get a guest or two on to talk about the other roller sports that I haven’t played because they could talk about them a whole lot better than me.
Um You know, But first in this next episode coming up next week, we’re going to talk about skating backwards and then we’re going to talk about, you know, backwards crossovers and, you know, doing turns.
Um So, you know, then we’ll get to some of the basic jumps and spins and things like that.
But those are for the next few episodes. All right. So, I just want to leave you with a little teaser.
Get you excited about what’s coming in the in the weeks ahead. So, if you want to get 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 26.[32:48] Alright, everybody that’s a wrap until the next time.
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- 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
Want to Learn More About Skating?
Want more reviews on roller skates? Check out my Best Roller Skates page for a list of all of the quad roller skates I recommend. I also have pages for roller skates for men, roller skates for women and roller skates for kids where I recommend the best skates on the market today. Or, check out my roller skates for beginners if you are completely new to roller skating.
Or, if rollerblades or inline skates are more your style, then check out my rollerblades for men, rollerblades for women or rollerblades for kids pages. Or, if you are completely new, check out my rollerblades for beginners page.