Skating Down Steps (fail) + Tips

So after the burst of skating confidence during the jumping skating session (my last post!), my friend and I decided it would be a great idea to try to skate down some steps. We had seen it done by a lot of the advanced skaters at BladeSoc sessions and we had watched a few YouTube video tutorials, so why not? Here’s the video of my second attempt (failed both times):

I posted this video to my Facebook page too, to see what other fellow skaters thought about it. The feedback received was great and here are the main points the experienced skaters suggested:

  • Do more lemons (to strengthen leg muscles so they are able to hold the position on the landing rather than collapsing)
  • Do it backwards (it’s easier apparently, as you are leaning over your toes to give you more balance)
  • A little more speed required (skating stairs can’t be done slowly!)

Since then I have been practising lemons whenever I can to strengthen my leg muscles. With a normal lemon, you bend your knees on the push-out of legs and straighten legs with the pull-in of legs- however it was also recommended for extra strength building to do both parts of the lemon with straight legs. You definitely feel the burn doing it this way, so I recommend this technique too!

So this is my quick start post about skating down steps, and I will be sure to do a future update post when I am able to skate down the 2 steps (and any more that I can brave)!

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Previous Skates

So my last post about about my current skates, so it’s only right to complete the circle by talking about my previous skates and how I got into skating!

At the start of 2014, a few friends and I decided to join my university’s rollerskating society (BladeSoc) where we attended the weekly sessions every Saturday from then on! We started out using the rental skates (Oxelo Fit 3 or something similar- a good starter skate at a cheap price), and then decided to buy our own!

After a bit of looking around on the internet and not really knowing what I was looking for, I ended up buying Powerslide Playlife F1 skates for around £50 (with postage). These ended up being too big after a few months of skating and breaking them in. I had bought a size 9 (with my normal shoe size being 8 or 9) – that’s the only downside with buying from the internet! So my boyfriend offered to swap them for his skate boot and frame (I kept the powerslide wheels). These were the K2 Exo 3.0 , also in a size 9 but fitted way more snug and was much better to skate in (also: handy dandy having a boyfriend with the same sized feet!).

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K2 Exo 3.0 from above (ft. knee pads- stay safe!)
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Me and the K2s! Worked well for beginning slalom and outdoor skating on tarmac.

And those were my skates until I invested in my current Sebas (size 8)! The K2s served me well and are still in working order – mostly used now to borrow to my brother whenever he wants to skate with me! (Though he is a much larger foot size so they are quite snug).