5 ways to improve your skating in everyday life
1. StairsThis is a very simple but still great occasion to improve your crossovers, both concerning balance and power. Instead of putting your feet perpendicularly to the stair, put them in parallel with it, both in the same direction. And now push to go up sideways!
Try to do this on every stairs you need to climb, and try to switch sides, there is no great skater who can’t handle clockwise skating too.
If it feels all right, put some difficulty into it: try to switch direction on the same stairs, go 5 up, then 2 down and start over, take the stairs 2 by 2, go faster, carry a bottle of water in each hand…
2. Sloping Street
Make a stop every 5 steps. Sounds easy, right? But on a sloping street, you can use the same muscles as onskates. Going uphill? Good for your sprints. Going downhill? Awesome for your brakings!
How is that? The slope replaces the speed (downhill) or the weight of your skates (uphill), and you’ll see that after a few trials, you will start to use exactly the same moves as on skates. Never thought you would need to plow offskates? There you go.
Of course you can make it a real offskate practice, by going faster, braking harder, carrying your grand’ma while doing it, but even just walking will already help.
Don’t sit. Squat. Do I really need to say more?
4. At the coffee machine/In the elevator
Well, there you go for a few minuts to wait… Use that time to practice your one-foot balance.
Lift one foot against your opposite calf, then put it in the front, behind, cross it over the other leg, and uncross it to the side, then come back to initial position, all of this without losing balance, having your arms swinging around, or having your toes or heel go off the floor.
Easy? Go higher and faster.
Bonus: If you have high heels (please don’t try it out with suicidal high heels at first, be reasonnable), it’s even more efficient.
Bonus for weak ankles/injured skaters: Do this on a pillow, or anything that feels a bit unstable, this is one of the best exercises to strengthen and muscle your ankles.
The frontdoor, the car’s door, the washing machine’s door, that door you want to keep open for the old lady, the fridge’s door when you’ve got your hands full with that huge cake that was cooling down… Well any door. Don’t touch it, just handle it with your butt. Your hips. Even maybe your waist and chest. Actually, anything you’re allowed to use on the track.
Even if this sounds like a blocking drill, it is not (only). The actual exercise here, is about keeping your balance before, and especially gaining it back afterwards, no matter what kind of hit you gave or position you had to take to achieve it.
Of course if you stumble, use your arms, end up on the floor or break your washing machine, it was probably not that good and under control.