Rollerblading helps develop leg and calf muscles along with the cardiopulminary system. A good workout gets you breathing hard and the leg muscles burning from lactic acid build-up. By adding a set of ski poles--the kind used by cross-country skiers--an upper body aspect is added to the workout. Before heading out with your poles and blades, you must modify the poles for the hard concrete surface.
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Things you need
- Rubber ski tip caps
- Bicycle gloves
- Helmet and safety padding
Take your body height measurement and then cross reference your height with a cross-country ski pole sizing chart (see Resources). Get a pair of ski poles for your height.
Place the rubber tip caps onto the ski pole tips. These prevent the metal tips from sticking in hot tar or cracks in the pavement.
Put on your rollerblades, helmet and padding. Get a good pair of bicycle gloves as the padding in the gloves prevents bruising and blisters from the ski poles.
Begin your rollerblade stride. As your forward foot sways out on the blade stroke, place the opposite arm and pole behind. Plant the pole and push off to gain forward momentum from the pole and the rollerblade stroke.
Maintain the opposite movements. As one leg goes forward, the opposite side arm and pole should plant the tip of the pole behind. Move the arm forward and hold the ski pole to get ready and plant as the opposite side leg goes behind the torso.
Stop your forward momentum using your natural rollerblade brake method. Do not plant the ski poles down and try to use them as brakes.
Tips and warnings
- Do not use the ski poles as brakes when rollerblading. This can lead to "crabbing" where the ski poles plant and jar your arm and shoulder.
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