WANT THE LOW DOWN ON ALL THINGS SKATE?
Here’s some facts about skating that will attract any newbie or keep the disco divas coming back for more.
1. Skating is good for your physical and mental wellbeing
Roller-skating is just as aerobically effective as running, swimming, and biking (even the National Heart Association agree). Also, have you ever seen a grumpy person skating? It's incredibly good for your mood - releasing those 'feel good' endorphins. There's a great social side to skating too. It’s not a lot of fun to exercise by yourself, which is the case with most forms of exercise. Roller skating is a sport where you can find yourself in a group of literally hundreds of people doing the same thing. They are not at the skating rink for exercise – they are there for the fun, music, lights and socialising. It’s easy to spend an hour or more roller skating.
2. On aveg. a person burns up to 482 calories skating for one hour
Depending on the intensity of your skating, roller-skating can be a low or high calorie burner. Other factors include your age, sex, health status, muscle mass and fitness levels.
3. Skating improves fitness levels
Especially cardiovascular development, muscle strength and lung capacity. One hour on skates burns about as many calories as running while strengthening your leg muscles. 30 minutes of roller skating produces a heart rate of at least 148 beats per minute.
4. Roller skating works most muscle groups
5. Skating causes 50% less stress to joints than running
Skating has a fluidity movement. Always skate on smooth surfaces and avoid making sudden stops, turns or twists to reduce the impact on your joints.
6. But not only that, it’s super fun!
Here's a few different styles of skating for you to try
Roller Fitness: Mixing traditional work-out moves! From jumping to performing some scissor leg workout moves - this will make you feel the burn! Lots of people start of with this style like our blog writer Lolli Blogs - who has set her self #365 days skate challenge.
Skate Dance/ Jam/ Rhythm: Like normal dancing there's a whole bunch of different styles. From break-dancing on skates, to performing line-dance styled steps. What ever your flow, this style of skating truly unlocks your inner disco diva! We love to invite guest teachers into Play Tone and have had a real mix of talent from Lex Milczarek, Adi Suissa and Ishriah.
Roller Derby: Is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating counter-clockwise around a track. It is played world-wide and mostly played by all female power-house teams. Want to rock and roll? Try finding your local 'fresh meat' session and find your local squad.
Artistic: is a sport similar to figure skating but where competitors wear roller skates instead of ice skates. There a several disciplines from figures, freestyles and pairs to name a few. Fun-fact - our Play Tone Instructor Beth Lawrence is former European champion of roller skating, representing Great Britain coming up in 3rd and 1st! #GoTeam
Street: One of the best ways to explore a city. Some of our fav places to skate in include Hyde Park, Barcelona, Paris and Amsterdam. Many skaters go on adventures like Play Tone Instructor Craig Jiggy - who celebrates life and people on wheels. #TeamJiggy
Ramp, Bowls, Vert: Not one for the faint hearted. Traditionally performed on inline skates, skaters drop in and perform rad tricks! It's not hard to find awesome people in the scene like Chicks in Bowls and Moxi Skate Crew.
Combinations like Roller Hoop: Why do one when you can combine two! Many people experiment with combining skills. Marawa's Majorettes often perform various circus hula hoop tricks whilst roller skating, you can see Play Tone founders Obie Pearl in action here and Tinuke's Orbit flying high performing aerial and dazzling skate moves.
THE FITNESS TREND OF 2019!
Did you know the British Roller Derby Championships are the largest national Roller Derby tournament in the world. It’s the number one growing sport in the U.K and has some super skilled contenders!
NEW WORKOUT INSPO
Want some inspiration for some new cool workout moves on skates?
Well look no further divas and watch this…
The extra weight from the skates and rolling motion of the wheels allows you to have more fun with your workouts whilst targeting multiple areas to work on. Skate Tone will have you working on your stability, core strength, coordination and much more. Try it out for yourself!
'LEARN TO SKATE' WITH US AT PLAY TONE!
What will you learn?
Enjoy learning roller skate basics and combining the art of skating and fitness.
'Learn to Roller Skate' is a low impact and high-intensity class, with games and tricks guaranteed to get the heart pumping and smiles all around.
Learn to roller skate (Learn to move forwards, stop, fall safely, spin and more!)
Play games and team activities
Work up a sweat
Roll up and have loads of fun with the Play Tone family!
This class happens on Sundays and Wednesdays - #SkateTone
*We are proudly sponsored by Rookie Roller Skates and you can hire them in class! Skate protection pads (knees, wrists) are included too.
We also have try and buy skate options in our pop-up Play Store.
CALLING ALL POTENTIAL SKATE INSTRUCTORS!
Are you interested in not only having great skating skills but being part of a team that can teach others. Training with Play Tone will give you loads of content to run classes for a variety of skate levels, teach you how to safely run group fitness classes, bring out the best instructor you can be and soon much more! We will have multiple location opportunities for you to teach too.