Reasons to Take a Skate Lesson

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Written By Anson

Who just bought those fancy new skates! How about taking a lesson? 

Whether you’re a beginner skater or have been skating for a while you can benefit from a lesson 

Taking lessons is undervalued and a great way to up your level in inline skating

You wonder, Why take lessons?
Here are a few great reasons!

  • A LESSON is the best way to stop. 
    Learn to stop before you start! A Certified Instructor will show you how to control your roll by explaining how to effectively use your new skates’ brakes. 
  • A LESSON builds confidence.
    Certified Instructors will help you to gain a basic understanding of the skills involved in inline skating, creating a foundation of solid skills that will increase your confidence on skates.
  • A LESSON is interactive.
    Unlike a video, an instructor can monitor your performance and give specific feedback on what you’re doing well and what you need to work on in order to improve.
  • A LESSON provides a model.
    How many times have you asked five people the same question, only to receive five different answers? Lessons from Certified Instructors guarantee you will develop a consistent framework on which you can build. Instructors not only demonstrate proper technique, but can replicate any problem you might have so you can see differences in body position.
  • A LESSON will allow you to build your skills. 
    Once you’ve got your foundation, learning more advanced skills is much easier. All more difficult skills, whether hockey, racing or floating along like Nancy Kerrigan, are a combination of fundamental skills.
  • A LESSON is fun.
    Gosh, you could be at the gym, staring at yourself in the mirror for an hour, or you could get some fresh air. A lesson is a fun way to grow: it’s a new experience, it’s healthy and it can be done outdoors while you smell the roses!
  • A LESSON can be social. 
    Group lessons are a blast! What a great idea for your husband’s 40th birthday party, or for a weekly get-together with friends. 
  • A LESSON is NOT just for kids
    Whether you’re seven or seventy, there’s no better way to improve your skating than by taking a lesson. In 1995, 87,000 people over the age of 55 inline skated. A lesson with a Certified Instructor is the best and safest way to work your way into your new sport.
  • A LESSON is safe
    After learning a few simple skills with your mind at ease, you’ll soon be doing what you thought you were afraid to. Certified Instructors endorse the use of full protective equipment and will show you how to fall (simulated, of course) and get up using the gear as protection.
  • A LESSON provides focus. 
    A Certified Instructor will help you practice your skills in a fun way. Doing the same thing over and over by yourself may help a bit, but chances are you’ll get bored, and who knows if what you are practicing is right. Practice does not make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect.
  • LESSONS produce safe skaters. 
    Once you have new skills and confidence under your belt, you’ll be a safer skater, able to maneuver through the streets and trails with control. You will have more fun and enjoy the surroundings or conversation of a friend, and the walkers and bikers will be happy that there is one less flailing skater sharing the path! 
  • LESSONS produce confident skaters.
    When you are confident and safe, the number of places where you can skate will increase. You won’t be afraid of tiny hills and curbs. You’ll end up taking your skates everywhere (great tool for when your car runs out of gas)!
  • LESSONS produce educated skaters.
    A Certified Instructor will not only teach you to skate better, but also will be able to suggest places to skate, teach you the IISA Rules of the Road, suggest wheels and bearings for the type of skating you do, tell you about inline magazines, and possibly hook you up with other skaters for group skates, competitions, or just chillin’.
  • There’s Always more to learn! 
    Inline skating offers a smorgasbord of disciplines including racing, hockey, aggressive, fitness, freestyle and skate-to-ski. Lessons will introduce the basics of all these disciplines and one sport can grow into six fun, healthy activities!

Ask your Retailer for the Certified Instructor they work with, or call 216-371-2977 for a name and number of an instructor in your area.

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My name is Anson Nakamura and I have been inline skating for fun for 18 years. My friends and I skate at our local skate park and we just love to skate. I have been a big fan of the sport since I was a little kid. I started with a pair of Rollerblades that I got from a garage sale. I was terrible at first, but I kept at it and eventually I got pretty good.  Now, I can do all sorts of tricks and I love skating more than ever.  There's nothing quite like the feeling of cruising around on your skates, wind in your hair.  f you've never tried skating, I urge you to give it a go. It's an incredible feeling and you might just get hooked like I did.

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