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Beginners Guide to Inline Skating
How to Skate

It's enough when blood cleanup claims a big chunk of your life. You know when it's skate time. You know that skating leads to better muscle tone, flexibility, endurance, and more. You reached that skaters plateu so familiar to other crime scene cleaners. The buzz moment.

It's adrenalin and it's also called endorphins. These chemicals lead the brain to produce a higher comfort level and pleasure. This place becomes a place of addictin to heroin users. So why not make it a plaace for skating addiction? That's the idea. You may have it; you may not have it, but it's yours when you want it. Here's some ideas for beginning skating if you have not done so before.

Let's work with seven big ideas.

1. Take the warnings seriously.

1. Don't start without protective equipment. Your first steps change you from beginner to accomplished walker inline.

Start with skates that fit well. Your skates should fit your feet. Give yourself a good beginning.

Don't go on hills until you're readdy. Hill become dangerous to the unanitiated.

If you're beginning to imporve your skils, than be sure that your have a good fit with your new skates.

Here are some articles and links to help you get started on inline skates. Read them all. Take the warnings seriously. And have fun.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Beginning Inline Skaters ... The Top 7 mistakes made by beginning inline skaters and how to avoid them. ... Read this before you head out there!

Don't Hit the Trail Without It! ... Wear your protective gear while skating or Mr. Bumby will chomp you.

How to Start Skating, Part l: Your First Steps ... Here's a step-by-step guide that will transform you from Gumby to Giselle in ... well, not that long!

How to Start Skating, Part ll: Your First Strides ... You've learned how to walk on your inline skates. Now it's time to learn how to start rolling!

Start With Skates That Fit ... Don't make the mistake of starting out with skates that don't fit. Your skates should fit your feet and your abilities. ... Give yourself a head start. ... Start with the right skates!

Don't Try Hills Until You're Ready ... Lots of beautiful skating relationships have been destroyed by rushing into hills too quickly. New skaters must practice hill abstinence. Just say no — to hills!

Skate Coach: Kathy McSparran's Column Can Help Get You Rolling and Make You a Better Skater - Certified inline instructor Kathy McSparran has a passion for skating, a knack for teaching and a way with words. In her twice monthly column, she shares what she's learned during 15 years of teaching and skating. If you are learning to skate or trying to improve your skills, don't miss it! (Go to the Skate Coach directory.)

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skatesonline3Kathy McSparran's 10 step program takes the guess work out of buying skates online.
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Top 10 Real World Skate Tips
thumbnail of Kathy McSparranHills, water hazards, broken pavement, snakes. (Yes ... even snakes!) It's a jungle out there on the trail! But fortunately we've got Skate Coach (aka "Skates With Snakes") to help us on our way. (Read Kathy McSparran's Top 10 Real World Skate Tips.) (April 14, 2006)

The Mayo Clinic's Guide to Fitness and Sports Injury ... You'll find lots of tips here for how to get the most out of your skating.

Do You Need to See a Doctor Before You Start Skating? ... If you have an existing medical condition or if you haven't exercised in years, it's a good idea to see a doctor before you start skating. Read this article to help decide whether you need to see a doctor first be starting to inline skate.

Don't Be Surprised If You Wake Up With Some Aches and Pains ... Don't be alarmed if you wake up with some aches and pains when you start skating. It's normal. The exercise nerds even have a name for it: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS. But DOMS, you'll see, doesn't spell doom, which you'll realize if you read this article.

You're Not Alone -- Everyone Started Out a Beginner ... Feeling overwhelmed by the thought of skating? ... Need a belt of courage to get you started? ... Read these notes from Planet readers describing their first time on inline skates. ... And remember: we all start out as beginners!

Carpet Training to Cure the Wobblies - If learning to skate seems just too hard, start your career with a little carpet blading, suggests Get Rolling author Liz Miller. Start with the basics, like standing in the ready position and practicing falling. And then move on learn the basic positions for braking and turning. Once your body learns the moves, it responds to your balance needs as you improve. It's not much different from learning to walk. Walking means falling forward and than catching yourself with either your right or left foot extended forward.

Skating means the same and more. Where walking might be called the checkerboard of human locamotion, inline skating becomes the chess of skating. There's a lot more going on when you're standing three inches above your body's normal height. All of your muscles and tendon must push and pull while your brain learns to balance on eight narrow wheels. This learned behavior resmebles walking in that walking too developed as a learned behavior for us.

Learning inline skating means learning a great way to get in shape and have fun while doing it.

Lessons would be nice for those of us with the time and money. Most crime scene cleaners don't have time for lessons, though. So good old trial and error will do. We must have patience. We must have a mindset prepared to suffer some discomfort in the beginning. Discomfort arises as we break-in our skates or they break us in.

Skate size and fit will mean the difference betwee more-or-less pain, more-or-less falling, and more-or-less trial and error. If skates fill too tight, it's hard to know if this is "normal" or really a hint at a painful skating future.

With that said, if skates fell too large, they probably are too larg. If too large, expect problems with your feet sliding within the skate's booties. Expect problems in the future. One note for skates that really are too large, ou can always add thicker socks or an additional pair of socks.

Many crime scene cleaners admint that their boots were bought too small. They bought these boots when they hear or read that many inline skaters prefer ight fitting boots; these skaters purposely buy skates one-half size below their natural fit. What this means is the same as what it means when we enter boot comap or basic training for the military. Our feet fracture microscopically. Before long our feet begin to mold to our skates.


need help picking out the right set of skates, Kathy McSparran offers her knowledge and support to all first-time skaters out there.

The tips you find here provide you with advice for a variety of situations you’ll face while you’re out there having fun. From taking your first stride to how to handle hills, the free skate lessons McSparran provides are invaluable tools for helping you to get the best experience out of skating.

One of the many important things to keep in mind when starting your inline skate lessons is take things at a slow pace and don’t try to rush yourself. If you try to dive in too fast, you could end up getting hurt and become discouraged about continuing with the sport.

Whether you’re seriously getting into the sport or just doing it for fun, the invaluable tips and ideas you find here will help you learn to inline skate. Our site is full of other helpful information and news from within the skating world. In our forum you can talk with other people enthusiastic about the sport. The Skate Coach Café is another great place for a inline skating beginner to get even more tips and advice from fellow skaters.

You'll find all the latest news and information about inline skating on the Inline Planet.

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