Improve Your Fitness With Roller Skates

4 Ways Roller Skating Leads To Great Health

First off, if you’re not breaking a sweat then you’re not working hard enough. Secondly, you need to treat your roller skates like a gateway to entertainment; strapping them on should put a smile on your face as if you’re sitting down to watch your favorite tv show.

Spoken from personal experience, roller skating is one of the most fun activities with healthy side effects…compared to a treadmill, jump rope and swimming. The ground beneath you becomes a clear path to explore and you burn calories with every push.

But what are the specific health benefits of roller skating?

Here’s a breakdown of the top four benefits that you can pay closer attention to in order to reap the rewards of rolling around. With obesity rates on the rise, read on and start rolling more today!

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5 Hilarious Videos With Roller Skates

It’s time to take a quick break on your roller skates and sit down for a laugh or two with the Skate Talk blog. Were definitely serious about roller skating and are happy to help you with everything to do with roller skates but sometimes in life you just need to kick back and relax.

So pat yourself on the back for the huge strides you’ve made on your roller skates and keep on improving!

While we wait for the spring sun to melt away the winter blues you can pass the time with these 5 hilarious roller skating videos. Oh, and don’t forget to take our quick poll at the end of the post!

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Do you remember the first time you roller skated? We bet it was after you began to crawl and before you were walking without the help of your parents.

But we’re 100% sure it was after you stopped wearing diapers! But babies have their way with getting their way and attracting millions of views on Youtube. So do funny animals, but that will come after this Evian water commercial of babies on roller skates.

Imagine your boss arrived to work one day with a special request for all employees to wear roller skates. You’d probably agree to this request but might change your mind after watching this next video made by comedian John Purcell. Caution, do not try this at work!

We don’t know which is a better reason to watch this next roller skates video;

A. The understated lesson in life to never give up or…

B. The 90′s music sound track.

Whichever reason you chose we can all agree that learning to roller skate was not an easy task. It feels like earth becomes a giant treadmill while you have bricks strapped to your feet.

Be sure to watch until the 2:26 mark. This kid just can’t stop!

Roller skating must be so easy a monkey can do it. There are other tricks to learn on roller skates other than jumping over some blocks but this is a great crowd pleaser.

Ever wonder what to do with an old pair of shoes and left over roller skates? Watch this 7 second vine video for inspiration and then read our make your own roller skates guide for a step by step tutorial.

How to Buy Low Price Skates

Seems like a no brainer, right?

Maybe your local thrift shop has a pair of low price skates that are just what you need and if it’s your lucky day they might have them in your size!  Chances are slim.

So we’ve put together a quick guide to help you find low price skates without sacrificing comfort or style.

1. The first step is to declare your budget and ask yourself how you will be using your new skates. Once you have a budget in mind you will be able filter through your options much faster.

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Most online shopping websites have a drop down menu to help you filter your search. Select price- low to high, but make sure you are in the right category of roller skates. If you want to use your skates outside to work out, we recommend searching through the outdoor skates category. On the other hand if you’re shopping for skates for kids to roll around the rink choose indoor and/or kids skates.

2. Look for online coupons and shipping discounts. Shopping for roller skates online is no different than shopping for any other piece of sporting equipment. There are hundreds of options and most companies promote all sorts of discounts. A good thing to keep in mind is that online stores offer free shipping on orders over a certain amount of money. To receive free shipping this might persuade you to add a little extra to your shopping cart and it’s not always a bad thing or a trick.

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Top 5 Moves to Perform on Your Jam Skates

Jam skating has made a comeback in the world of roller skating and is a hybrid  between gymnastics and dance skating. If you frequently visit your roller rink were sure you have seen the skaters showing off their awesome moves to the grooves and they make it look so easy. However, they didn’t start out this way and jam skaters invest a lot of time perfecting their balance on jam skates.

First lets discuss the best type of skates to use for jam skating and then we’ll dive into the most popular tricks to do on jam skates.

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How To Shop For Jam Skates?

  1. When you browse our site you will notice that there is not a category of skates called “jam skates”. The best way to locate our jam skates is to do a quick search in the search bar. On the other hand, most all low-cut speed skates with smaller toe stops are the preferred skate to use and will get the job done but skills and practice are not included*
  2. Jam skating requires you to quickly twist and turn in all directions so you want to look for low top skates that give you the freedom to move. Toe stops also get in the way of performing your tricks and we suggest to replace your toe stops with jam plugs. Some low cut speed skates come with jam plugs but most skates comes standard with large toe stops.
  3. Jam skating is more than a style of skating; it’s a style of its’ own. Like shopping for any other type of skate, choose the colors that match your wardrobe and make you look awesome. Grab a pair of jam skates that are packed with style.

Get Your Moves On!

Here’s a list of the most performed jam skate tricks in order from easiest to hardest. Visual aids always help with the learning process so we included the most viewed video tutorials for ya. Enjoy!

1. The Crab Walk

This is the perfect trick to start with and it will build up your confidence and balance to move on to more advanced tricks. It’s also a safe trick considering your wheels don’t leave the ground.

2. The Toe Jam

This is a fairly easy trick to master after the crab walk. The toe jam is performed mainly with pivots and is like tap dancing on roller skates once you get the hang of it. And BTW, another name for this is the crazy leg…watch and learn.

3. The Traveling Toe Pivot

An experienced jam skater can perform all five of these tricks within about eight seconds but the traveling toe pivot is the most common. It’s a transitional move that you should learn to switch between moves easier.

4. The Iceberg

Now it’s time to add some roll to your tricks. The iceberg is an advanced trick with some high risk so be sure to stretch out your ankles and legs. You may want to strap up some knee pads for your first couple of tries…

5. The Snake Walk

This is our favorite swooping motion meets prairie dance trick on jam skates. Once you master this, consider yourself a true jam skater.

Jam skating is a great way of working out on roller skates if you can’t make it outside due to bad weather. Get your jam on in the garage, basement or any open space with a hard surface that you aren’t afraid of scratching and remember, *practice makes perfect.

What are your favorite tricks on jam skates?

How to Maintain Your Roller Skates

Essential Safety Equipment For Roller Skates

If you’ve stumbled on our Skate Talk  roller skates blog, then we assume these four things;

  1. You’ve strapped on a pair of roller skates before and the experience you had made you more passionate about the sport.
  2. You’ve roller skated in your previous years and are interested to do it again.
  3. You’re passionate about roller skates and are always looking for new ways to improve your skills and stay in the loop of all things roller skating.
  4. You’ve never roller skated before but it seems like the coolest physical activity this world has to offer!

There’s one thing we forgot to mention and this tends to be forgotten most often in regards to roller skating. You’re probably not here to learn about safety equipment because afterall it can be pretty boring.

Until now!

Our passion for roller skates combined with our priority to keep you safe is our obsession at Roller Skate Nation. This is why we stock the latest trends in safety equipment including the essentials and most sought after protective gear.

Let start from the top and work our way to the bottom. In other words, from the head to the legs. But first, here’s some food for the brain;

Did you know, according to Rochester Medical Research that:

  • More severe injuries occur during individual sports and recreational activities.
  • Children who are just beginning a sport or activity are at greater risk for injury.
  • More than 47,000 children ages 5 to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for roller skating-related injuries.

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Top 10 Accessories for Roller Skates for Kids

We always dread the phrase “Batteries not included”. Thankfully when you give the gift of roller skates for kids you don’t need to worry about this. On the other hand however, there are many roller skate accessories that pair up perfectly with roller skates for kids.

Here is our top 10 list of the most popular roller skate accessories we have in stock and ready to ship!

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Your Guide to Buying Outdoor Roller Skates

The first question to answer here is “What is the difference between outdoor roller skates and indoor roller skates”?

The answer is straightforward and simple; outdoor quad skates feature wheels that are soft which allows for a smoother roll on the non-smooth surfaces such as sidewalks & streets. The indoor quad skates feature wheels which are typically harder than outdoor wheels. A harder wheel will give you a smoother roll on very smooth surfaces like those at skating rinks.

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Although the main difference depends on the type of wheels, it’s also important to choose the right material and boot for outdoor weather conditions. Let’s go over the major differences in boot style and material type below.

High top or Low top Boots?

Outdoor roller skates comes in either low top or high top boots but also in many types of leathers, suedes and synthetic materials.

When choosing between a high top or low top roller skate, ask yourself how comfortable you are in the boots and shoes you wear everyday. Do you like the comfort and support that high top shoes provide but do you think your movement is limited?

High top outdoor rollers skates are similar to high top boots but they aren’t as supportive as hiking boots. You should go with a high top boot if you like the way it looks and if you don’t mind the feeling around the shins.

Personally, I think hightop boots are packed with class and fashion. They simply look more genuine than low top boots and they’re more suitable for winter conditions. You can also crank down your laces for a tighter fit. High boots generally offer more ankle support, so go with these if you have ankle problems.

On the other hand, low top boots are more sporty and agileWe recommend to buy low top boots if your sole purpose in roller skating is fitness because they are generally lighter and allow you to make quicker turns.

Low boots are more popular and allow you to move your ankle more freely and are not as hot on your foot. The low top boots are generally considered speed boots.

How The Boot Is Made.

Boots are either real or fake but the fake boots should be taken seriously because there have many many advancements in the manufacturing process of synthetic material aka vinyl.

For example, vinyl boots won’t crack or fade as easy as leather and they will hold up in the hot sun more than leather. This synthetic material will also outlast the hot sun longer than leather and it’s washable.

Leather comes from an animal so just ask yourself if animals get scratches, scars and scrapes? The imperfections on a leather boot will be more visible than on synthetic materials  but leather breaks in with time and fits like a glove.

Remember, suede is leather but just turned inside out. Suede can be made from any type of leather and it gives off a classic look. Therefore, most of our suede boots are high tops such as our Boardwalk Outdoor Roller Skates.

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In the end, most vinyl boots are not made for competitive use, but rather recreational skating. Vinyl is not as durable or comfortable as leather, but is less expensive. The choice is up to you and feel free to contact us with any questions.

 

Santa’s List Must Have Roller Skates For Kids!

3 Gift Ideas and Things To Know When Shopping At Roller Skate Nation This Christmas

Has your child roller skated before?

Does he/she enjoy being active throughout the entire year?

Do you think he/she could burn off some energy through one of the most healthy ways possible?

If you answered yes to at least one of these questions then you found the right place to shop for roller skates for kids.

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Kids stuff isn’t too complex for the most part but shopping for kids is the hard part. Keep in mind we’re referring to roller skates for kids that are between the ages of eight and fourteen.

Remember when you received a t-shirt or some pajamas for the holidays. You had to fake a smile while you were screaming inside for Nerf guns and roller skates.

Santa made his list and he’s checking it twice this year to be sure he brings all the tots the best roller skates for kids. Here’s a list of quick tips and roller skates for kids that will withstand the wear and tear of active kids without breaking the budget.

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The Best Roller Derby Apps To Download For Derby Officials

Welcome to the third post in our series about integrating your smartphone with roller skating. We previously learned about the great apps out there for both Android devices and the iphone (iOS). These apps are made essentially for everyone on roller skates and we recommend that you get your thumbs on one asap.

But what about the apps that target a certain user such as a roller derby referee? Whether you are a roller derby official an active member in your derby community, it will be worth your time to download and spread the word about the following apps.

 

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Roller Derby Penalty Timer is the best mobile app created specifically for roller derby officials.

This is a hefty claim stated by roller derby nation straight from the Android App Store and we believe its’ backed by user reviews and an easy to navigate interface.

This penalty tracker provides a reliable way to track penalties with built-in-knowledge of the WFTDA rules to help you manage any jammer situation that gets thrown your way. This app makes it easy for just one person to manage the full penalty box.

Features:

  • Manage any configuration you’d like: two blockers, two jammers, four blockers, or even the full penalty box!
  • Stop all timers simultaneously between jams.
  • Tap-edit allows you to quickly edit a time or add a minute for a double-penalty.
  • Paid Version contains NO Ads. Plus it helps support further development!

Roller Skate Nation rating and feedback: 5/5 stars. A must have app for anyone on a derby team! It’s developed by the renowned roller derby nation and is frequently updated to keep up with the fast pace sport.

The major downfall is that this app is only for Android devices. Don’t worry, keep reading!

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