Does anyone here roller skate? In a moment of spontaneous idiocy whilst getting my son a pair of roller skates, I bought myself a pair. I had a hilarious vision of myself roller skating, athletic and free, taking on pavements and promenades like a pro. The reality is I can barely stand up in them and feel something approaching terror every time I wobble forth. Have been watching instructional videos on YouTube but all the 'newbies' seem to crack the straightforward instructions first time and casually roll forward. I wobble, quickly assume a crab like position and end up gasping on all fours. Tell me it can be done! I'm (semi) determined to crack it and pretty fit so need some tips on how to gradually get used to it without breaking my face. TIA X
I am so jealous! I'm scraping the darkest recesses of my memory here but if they're proper roller boots (Not in-line) make sure you've always got one foot cocked forward on the stopper when you're stationary to anchor you. It'll click with practice. I looked at trying our local roller disco last year but it was for under 12's . Roller derby looks far too vicious so I'm a bit stuck for opportunities.
Thankyou Mrs! Have attached photo of enemy boots. I'm more jealous that you feel capable of a roller disco! That's so age-ist. Slap on some fake freckles and pig tails and go for it. I'm just taking local pavements and flat tarmac-ed surfaces as an opportunity. Least, that was the plan. Be inspired by my current failure! Yes, I think getting the initial not-falling-on-arse stance is best way to go. I'm totally thrown by the height the wheels give you and the instant wobble! Thought I'd have more confidence 😠 I've spent 46 years in stable footwear so I might be expecting too much too soon.
I did roller skating for years as a kid and have done it as an overweight adult too.
Start by just standing still, then as soup said slightly bent knees and try and find your centre of gravity. Try and stay relaxed. Its much easier indoors as the surface is smooth. I did roller dance so was always taught to start each step with the feet coming back together unless doing cross rolls.
Go to the roller disco, it’s easier learning there than on pavements.
Watch the Indy Jamma Jones videos on YouTube. You need your feet out at a slight angle and if you feel wobbly go low/squat down. Better to fall on your bum than forwards but you’re more likely to regain your balance. I used to play derby but haven’t been on skates for 15 years but recently dug my skates out and am planning on heading to the local roller disco for a refresh.
I've gone to the roller disco with DD several times, we went to a birthday party at one when she was at nursery and the parents enjoyed it so much we keep going back. No age limit where we go, I am well over 40.
As PP said, keep knees bent and your weight over the balls of your feet.
If you try to stand up straight with your weight on your heels then your feet will fly out forwards and you will land, very heavily, on your arse, and end up with a massive bruise <voice of experience>
If you keep your weight where you will fall forward it is much less painful. Wear knee pads so you don't bruise your knees until they are black <voice of experience>
I friend of mine does roller derby and keeps encouraging me to try. I have never seen it, what's it like and will a middle aged woman end up with broken bones?