Aggressive inline skating is an extreme sport that requires inner strength, stamina, and ample balance to perform the tricks with precision. You can try a basic workout every day to improve your basic skating skills as a beginner. Practicing the basics of moving, balancing, turning, and stopping will instill more self-confidence and help you perform better.
You can try some off-skate exercises to improve core muscle strength and develop endurance. A full-body workout or warm-up before and after the skating session may provide a more positive skating experience.
Here are three exercises [source] to help you improve your balance on skates:
- Sumo goblet squats – Many times, skaters especially beginners complain of strained groins. This strain is often caused by strength imbalance between inner thighs and outer hips or glutes. When the inner thigh muscles are not strong in comparison to groins, they develop pain and strain. This exercise helps in strengthening your quads and glutes muscles and also improves hip mobility. For this, keep your feet more than hip-width apart so that your toes are pointed slightly sideways. Hold a dumbbell at chest height. Squat down until your thighs come parallel to the floor. Press down and stand back. Keep your back straight and your chest up. Repeat several times.
- Single leg deadlifts – This exercise targets your hamstrings and glutes. For this, hold a dumbbell or some weight in each hand and stand on the right leg. Extend your left leg behind keeping your right knee bent. Reach halfway down with your dumbbells pressing your right heel into the ground. Return to a standing position. Repeat several times.
- Stir the pot – This is a challenging yet easy exercise for the core muscles. For this, you should acquire a plank position keeping your toes on the ground placing your feet hip-width apart. Rest your forearms on a stability ball. Flatten your lower back by tucking in your pelvis. Brace in the entire core muscles. Move your arms clockwise rolling the ball in small circles. Breath smoothly and complete several repetitions. Stay stable and move your arms only.
Remember that your stance is vital to maintaining balance. Do not keep a rigid vertical posture while skating. Instead, learn the correct stance for skating which is a comfortable squat position.
Familiarize yourself with the rules of the road when you are ready to
hit the lanes. With persistent practice and regular exercise, you can
master the tricks of aggressive inline skating in no time.