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For any level of long-distance runner, inline skating is a way to give the body a break while continuing to build cardio and strength abilities, plus providing the additional support a runner needs to minimize injury. Rollerblade® offers a variety of inline skates to accommodate differing levels of ability and fitness goals.
Inline skating primarily works the muscles of the lower body: the quadriceps (front of thighs), glutes (rear end) adductors and abductors of thigh (inner and outer thigh/hip), and the lower leg muscles (calves and shins). Postural muscles (abs and back extensors) get a workout too, by stabilizing the body.
For long-distance runners on a training schedule, days designated for “long, slow recovery run” can be replaced by a long skate, which provides a cardiovascular workout and can also invigorate different muscle groups than running. A shorter skate (three to five miles) can be incorporated into a cross-training day amidst activities like weights or Yoga.
The key for runners to get the most benefit from inline skating is proper form. For someone new to the sport, it’s worth taking the time to learn the basics of moving, stopping and turning on inline skates. This means practicing various drills to enhance technique and to condition muscles to move through their full range of motion. Repeated drills will strengthen both form and muscles.
INLINE SKATE BEGINNER EXERCISES
Basic Two-Foot Glide
Basic One-Foot Glide
Rollerblade® suggested inline skates for skate to run training: Macroblade 84, Macroblade 90, or Macroblade 100. The Macroblade family offers perfect support and balance for the aspiring athlete in training. If want to keep the workout at an easy pace go for the Macroblade 84. The 84mm wheels keep you low the ground and provide a moderate top speed potential. If you are inbetween the need for speed and and easy pace, go for the Macroblade 90. The 90mm wheel size is the ideal wheel size for most that want to train. If you’re the type that likes to go as fast as possible while training, go for the Macroblade 100. The 100mm Supreme wheels will have you ripping along the local bike path!
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