Inline Skating or Rollerblading is often considered to be very tough to learn and for many people it really takes a long time to be good at this skill. In this article, I am going to tell you exactly how long it is going to take for you to be good at skating and how you can actually fasten this process.
In General, It takes 2-3 hours to learn the simple basics of rollerblading, while it usually takes more than 30 days to actually get good at rollerblading skating. Everyone has their own pace of learning, and though this learning time period depends on a lot of factors including the time you spend on skating, do you have a trainer or not, and many more.
Now, let’s talk about these factors in a little bit more detail. Later in the article, I am also going to share some tips on how you can learn it more quickly and more efficiently.
So, Stay Tuned!
Factors Affecting How Fast You Learn Skating
- Do you have a trainer or are you just learning skating on your own?
- How often you are skating
- Are you afraid of falling while skating (Always wear protection)
- Are you physically strong?
- Do you want to master skating or just want to learn the basics?
All these factors can make your learning to skate slower and even faster depending upon your answers to these questions.
7 Tips To Learn Rollerblading Quicker
Below are some tips for you to fasten up this process and learn rollerblading more quickly.
1. Get Trained By a Trainer
It is much easier to learn rollerblading from a trainer than to learn it yourself. You will need to get to know about many different kinds of stuff like balancing, turning, stopping, and many more by yourself which going to take a lot of time. If you cannot find a trainer to guide you up, you can basically just surf the internet. Many people are teaching you rollerblading online on Youtube and you can also read different blogs on skating. This will help you to boost this process of learning to rollerblade.
2. Rollerblade 1-2 Hour A Day
Now, this may seem crazy especially when you are a beginner but it can easily be done. This will help you get more time to learn to rollerblade basically fastening up the process. Also, don’t forget to carry a water bottle with you as this might make many of you very tired who are not that much exposed to physical activities. If skate for just 2-3 hours a week, then it is probably going to take a lot of months for you to learn rollerblading maybe even a year. You will gain confidence day by day if you skate regularly so keep practicing and rollerblade for at least 1 hour a day.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Fall
Rollerblading is one of the sports that require very frequent falling, even those who are masters in skating fall. Even I would have fallen more than a thousand times till now while rollerblading. This might be very scary falling on the ground but really it actually isn’t that scary. I still remember how much afraid of falling I was while rollerblading for the first time in my life. Just stay calm, even if you fall, it is not going to hurt that much until and unless you are wearing protection gears (SAFETY ALWAYS FIRST!). The day you will get rid of this fear, you will find this inline skating to be much more fun and easier for you.
4. Get Good Rollerblades
Now, I see many people buying poor-quality rollerblades just because they are cheaper and they think each rollerblade is just the same, the only difference is pricing. But that’s definitely not correct. You always need to pay more for better quality. I am saying this because even I had the same mindset which was basically wrong. If you get poor quality skates, then you might see some little roughness, it might get uncomfortable at a point, its brakes may not work properly, its balancing system might be wrong, basically, there are a hundred more ways poor quality rollerblades can destroy your rollerblading experience and also make your learning slower.
5. Practice Rollerblading With a Friend
Practicing rollerblading all alone can make you feel stop rollerblading at a certain point and can even make you get bored which will prevent you from learning. Doing any sort of activity with friends is always fun and helps you to focus more on the activity. Maybe you can also do some small competition between you and your friends like a race or something else. This will keep you motivated and when you are motivated you are definitely going to practice more and give more concentration on learning.
How Long Will It Take For You To Get Good At Skating if You Follow These Tips?
If you follow all these tips then typically you are going to learn skating much quicker. I shared this article with one of my relatives who just got his new rollerblades and was ready to learn. And he got really good at the end of his 2nd week of learning, he was able to easily glide through the town and city. Again, I am not saying that if you follow all these tips, you are going to master rollerblading within a few days of practice. Everyone learns at their own pace, some will learn even faster while some may take a little more time. Now, below I have shared some tips for beginners when you are just starting.
Learn to Stand Or Balance On The Skates
At the very beginning, once you wear your skates, hold any object to take support, and then practice standing on the skates. Leave that object for a second and try to do balance, hold that object immediately when you think you’re about to lose balance. Do this for a few minutes and when you feel that you are comfortable standing on skates and you’re facing no difficulty, then follow the next tip.
Start Walking With Your Skates
Now, walk around while wearing your skates – just like normal walks, left leg up, right leg down (you know…….) but the twist is you have to do this while wearing your skates, this will help you learn balancing which is the most common problem of many people. Do this for at least 30 minutes before even starting skating. (when you have never skated in your life, don’t do this every time you skate)
Start Skating But At a Low Speed
While walking your skates for 30 minutes, you will have gained some confidence and then now it is time to skate. Go slowly (super slowly). I would also suggest having a stick in your hand so that you can take support of the stick when you fall. Stand at a T Position, bend your knees and face towards but don’t do this too much shifting all your balance at one side. Don’t stand like normal and skate, this may take your balance backward and may make you fall on your butt, you may stand when you are going really slow. Also, make sure you’re wearing the protection gears as this is the stage where many people fall several times (including me). Slowly push off a little harder after some rides, slowly move your weight from your back foot to your front foot.
Skate on each leg individually if you are not able to skate in the beginning. Just take off skates from one of your legs and start skating with only one leg. (This helped many people including me in the beginning as many people face difficulty in balancing.
Learning to Stop
In skating, stopping is a very important stage and many people find it difficult as well. You will have to learn this properly as it can be dangerous if you skate around and you don’t know how to stop. The easiest way for stopping is using brake pads or stop pads, nowadays almost every skate has a brake pad at the back of the skate. So, first put one of your legs with brake pads in front, bend your knees and try touching the ground with the stop pads. This technique is very useful in the beginning when you are skating at a low speed. But, when you go fast, the best technique to stop your skates is the T-Stop Technique. In this technique, basically, you have to drag one of your feet behind forming a T with both of your feet and then start putting pressure on the back leg. This will make you stop after a few seconds. Both these ways are great, sufficient, and work great especially when you are a beginner but later on, you should also learn other methods of stopping. Here is a helpful video showing you how to stop;
How Long Did It Take Me To Learn Rollerblading?
I learned rollerblading all by myself, although I took some tips online as well. It took me around a month to learn all the stuff, I would not say I mastered rollerblading at that point but I was able to glide through the town and skate around the road and city, etc. I was able to do some small tricks after around 2 months of skating.
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Everyone has a different pace of learning things but most people get good at rollerblading in around 30 days after rollerblading for around 1-2 hours a day. Follow the tips shared in the article to fasten this process. Keep practicing, it will take some time but it is worth it, it is really fun moving here and there on the wheels, gliding on the roads, and showing off your friend, and there are just many other things.