There is more than one way to exercise using your trusty skates. Of course you can just strap them on, pick a location/direction and off you go. However, for those wanting to add something extra to the experience, there are options out there for you.
For example, artistic roller-skating takes extreme dedication. For some it isn't just a way to stay fit but can become a way of life and is therefore taken incredibly seriously. Artistic roller skating is considered harder than figure skating due to its need for complex and technical discipline. The weight of the roller-skates and the fact that it’s much easier to spin on ice than the hard wood of a rink are also contributing factors when comparing the difficulty levels. The type of skates you choose to wear (quad-skates, inline-skates or rollerblades) will then determine which competitions you enter and you will never find two different types competing against each other. There are lots of forms of artistic roller-skating including figure, freestyle, solo dance, couples dance, free dance and team skating.
Created for the more hardcore among us, there’s also (flat track) roller derby competitions. Put simply, roller derby is a full contact sport with a fast pace to it that takes no hostages. There are a lot of rules attached to the sport, for example penalties for hitting in specific areas. Penalties are very common and are awarded without pausing the game. The player simply goes to a penalty box and returns to the game after an amount of time. The sport is not for the faint of heart but can be a lot of fun for both those participating and the spectators. So if you are a fierce, passionate competitor looking to try something new and different, roller derby would be highly recommended.
Overall, roller-skating is an incredibly underrated and excellent form of fitness that should be more highly recommended and comes with an abundance of benefits, both mental and physical. If you fancy giving it a try, book your session at Roller City and find out just how fun keeping fit can be!