Learn to roller skate with these step-by-step videos from Melbourne’s Rolla Bae
At the very least, 2020 has certainly been the year of outdoor fitness. For many of us, our daily walks in our suburbs have become a lifeline and a chance to escape home and get some fresh air and exercise.
But while regular shoes are great, shoes with wheels are infinitely better. All over the world, roller skates have become the must-have item of 2020 as people seek out a socially distant outdoor activity. In fact, many manufacturers of roller skates are sold until the end of the year.
Roller skating is great for fitness, as well as being a lot of fun. But it’s not as easy as you remember it when you were a kid. Adults have a lot more to fall for, and the feeling of standing on skates is overwhelming at first. So, if you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on a pair, how can you learn to use them and go zoom around your suburbs?
Rolla Bae is here to help. The skate club settled into a very cute pink retro trailer last summer on St Kilda Beach, renting skates, gear, fanny packs and portable speakers to live your best roller skating life in years 80. The trailer will be back in late October, but by then Rolla Bae’s Instagram is providing the skate skills you need to ride. You can learn how to start and stop, how to fall safely (for knee sake please wear protective gear. I have been skating for half a decade and wouldn’t go out without knee and wrist guards) and how to do it. crossovers. When you’ve successfully completed them, you can also learn more difficult and sophisticated moves, like the moonwalk and toe glide, dancing on skates, and how to master the back leg that has invaded TikTok.
When you master these skills, you’ll be ready for a summer of skating. You can rent skates and protective gear from Rolla Bae or bring your own to St Kilda Beach when the restrictions end to meet like-minded skaters, learn new tips and tricks, or just get started.
Looking for other ways to get back in shape while in lockdown? Here are some online exercise classes you can take at home. Or try this great fun line dancing class.
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