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Learn to Roller SK8!

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The biggest fear all our new skaters have is falling. The best piece of advice we can give is to say that ‘you will fall over at least once!’ but there are tried and tested methods to prevent you doing it time and time again. Of course, we will be on hand to help you….

Just because you fall over doesn’t mean you can’t do it or that you won’t enjoy it, but we have put together some tips and selected some video’s to help you get your head around things….

Beginners – balance is key!

  • T Position is the first position to learn
  • Toes pointing inwards will take you backwards,
  • Toes pointing out will take you forward!
  • Bend your knees and start by taking a few small, duck like steps!
  • If you are familiar with scooting, use your dominant leg to push off!
  • Keep your hands low and your body slightly forward
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T Position.

Learn how to Stop!

Try and use the T-Stop. This needs you to put full pressure on the right heel brake.

Learn how to fall!

You will fall every now and again. If you are committed and want to enjoy your skating expereince then you must learn how to fall safely. Watch a Video

More videos on how to start….

 

A long one….

A little more advanced and with blades….

Have you got any tips or video’s to share with us? We’d love to hear from you….

We have Rio Roller SK8s to hire (£1.50) but you can bring your own. The only rule is that they don’t mark the floor.  Admission is £5 and wrist guards are free. NUS card holders get FREE SK8 hire.

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Impress your friends.

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Impress your friends with your muscle knowledge

By now you’ve probably worked out how much fun roller disco is.  Our 28 5 star reviews tell us you are enjoying it. But did you know how many muscles you are working every time you SK8?  Katrina Bullimore, Remedial and Soft Tissue Therapist, tells us exactly what we are doing when we step onto our 8’s.

  • Spinal Muscles and postural stabilisers
  • Abdominals
  • Glutes and Hip flexors
  • Quadriceps
  • Hamstrings
  • Abductors/adductors
  • Gastrocnemius and Tibula Anterior

All of this translates into back, bum, thighs (inner, outer and back), calf and shin!

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We already know that Lincoln’s top PT Craig Barton agrees it is a great way of incorporating cardio into your weekly routine so this is all good news for shedding those Christmas pounds!

 

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How can you prevent injury?

Katrina is the resident therapist for our friends at Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls so we think she knows her stuff. Her advice on how to prevent injuries goes like this…..

  • Learn how to fall correctly
  • Wear the correct protective gear, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards
  • Learn to stop, balance and control your speed

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Your safety is as important to us. We offer wrist guards for free and  first aiders are on hand.We operate a ‘3 strikes and you’re out’ policy so anyone repeatedly trying to ruin the safe and fun atmosphere will be asked to leave.  Jon Crawford

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We SK8 every Friday at Yarborough Leisure Centre 6pm and Saturdays at North Kesteven Sport Centre 5.30pm. Each session lasts for 2 hours. NUS card holders get FREE SK8 hire. Skater of the Night wins a free session for their next visit.

For more information please contact us.

 

 

 

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Could you beat the  Roller SK8 ‘Limbo Queen’?

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It doesn’t matter whether you start young or join in later on, the main thing all skaters will tell is that you need to be passionate. Some things you’ll try and can do, while other things you simply won’t like. What matters most of all though is the dedication and willingness to be yourself on your ‘eights’.  Just be the skater you are – thats exactly what a young Kaitlyn decided to do in 2008 when she broke the roller skate limbo world record…

Ever since showing her skating skills to world when she was only 11 years old, Kaitlyn Conner, now 19 from Missouri has been known as the ‘limbo queen’ for her ability to do the splits while on roller skates.  She first received the accolade back in 2008 when she glided under 23 limbo bars spanning 12 feet.

Determined to perfect her technique, Kaitlyn taught herself to skate backwards and different ways of doing the splits on her wheels, – she would practice for up to 15 hours a week which eventually led to being known as the ‘limbo queen’.

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Now working as model and an actress, Kaitlyn is working on becoming a lawyer and hasn’t stopped skating, even landing herself a cameo in a Holiday Inn commercial profiling her limboing talents.

Although pursuing other interests, Kaitlyn still says that roller skating remains one of her favourite hobbies, but not practicing as much these days means doing the splits are a little harder, but she says she’s still got it – it just doesn’t come as easy as it used to!

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Just like most things, with determination and effort it got easier as Kaitlyn practised, she would stretch every day and before long she was doing the splits with ease and made it ‘cool’ by doing the limbo at her local skating rink.

To watch a video of Kaitlyn visit here:

SK8s operate every Friday and Saturday at Yarborough and NK Sports Centre. Visit our Home Page for more information. If you are interested in booking a SK8s party click the link below.

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Halloween Gallery

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Thanks to everyone that came to our Halloween weekend. We hope you enjoy the photos

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We SK8 every Friday (Yarborough LC 6pm) and Saturday (North Hykeham SC 5.30pm). You can bring your own skates or hire ours (£1.50). Entry is £5 and wrists guards are free. Our Skates are Rio Rollers.

“I have been coming here with my daughter Erin now for about two months and tonight gave the skating a go myself and LOVED it!! The atmosphere is fantastic and the staff are friendly and on hand with sound advice. A great way to spend a Friday evening. Would definitely recommend people try it” 

To read more reviews like this please visit our Facebook page.

Fancy a SK8 party? Find out more here.

Skater of the Night

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 The answer is of course, all 4!!

Bev Gormley

Beverly Gormley won skater of the night on Friday 25th September. Beverly has been skating with us for years as she uses us to help her train for the Roller Derby Team that she is part of.  Bev has a prosthetic arm showing us that anyone can SK8!

Bev had all 3 of her song requests played this week, if you want to request a song please tweet us @SK8sLincoln

Ewan Lockwood

Ewan Lockwood, aged 11, has been skating with us for 2 years but last night clinched his first Skater of the Night! Why? His backward skating skills were amazing!!!

If you’re not sure if SK8ing is for you, just give it a try. £5 + £1.50 SK8hire, the worst that can happen is that you burn a few calories and enjoy some good tunes before you leave! Visit our Facebook page for more images of nights gone by. Any questions should be answered on our FAQ page but if not just send us a message and we will get back to you!

Some images from the last few weeks…apologies for the quality!

 

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Advanced notice: October 9th no SK8ing at Yarborough

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Top 10 reasons to SK8

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Top 10 reasons to SK8

Tired of the treadmill? Insanity driving you mad? Looking for cardio that you can enjoy? Well, its time to get your skates on.

Craig Barton, Lincoln’s top PT agrees that SK8ing is a great way to incorporate cardio into your weekly exercise routine.

Skating is great cardio because it’s fun to do, much more exciting than walking on a treadmill or sitting on a stationary bike”

 

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Planet on Wheels have looked into SK8ing as a source of cardio. According to the American Heart Association (AHA) roller skating is ranked among the best aerobic exercises . Roller skating is a workout that involves almost all of the body’s muscles and in particular the heart. The National Institute for Fitness and Sports claims that roller skating works most of the major muscle groups – glutes, quads (no pun intended), abdomen, calves and arms. The AHA proclaims that roller skating is equivalent to bicycling and jogging as a cardio workout.


The biggest reason why most people will stick at roller skating for longer than they can a weekly spin session or jogging group is that you really do combine the fun of music, lights and being with friends with the undeniable benefit of cardiovascular exercise.

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We have taken our years of SK8ing experience and read around some research from other lovers of the sport and come up with our Top 10 benefits to skating.

  1. Great cardio that you can do with your friends
  2. Easy on your joints. If you get a kick from running, try skating and achieve the same aerobic workout minus the shock to your joints
  3. Excellent calorie burn. The University of Massachusetts states that a 163lb female can expect to burn around 9 calories a minute which means atleast 500 calories if you go for a full hour!
  4. Have fun and improve your mood! Try SK8ing with a frown – not possible, fun all the way!rollerfit2-1024x598
  5. Muscle groups get a work out. The nature of skating means your arms, legs glutes and core all work really hard.Muscles used
  6. Good for coordination. Any seasoned skater will tell you the fell over a lot in the early days. The more you practice the more balance improves, this is because your core and your legs start to work together to keep you upright. Check out some of our skaters of the night to see how people have improved over time.
  7. Great for endurance training. If you are training towards a goal or just want to get fitter, SK8ing is great for endurance. Our sessions last for 2 hours so there is ample opportunity to set yourself weekly goalsskater
  8. Make friends – come with friends and make ones. Either way SK8ing is really sociable and that is always good for your healthSK8110515-40
  9. Easy on the wallet. Once you have purchased your skates you are good to go. No gyms, no memberships, no renewals. Organised events like ours are reasonably priced so you don’t need to spend a fortune to have a good night out with friends
  10. Cheap transport. It is a novel and exciting way of getting from A to B! SK8 to school or work

 

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 Calculate your calories from skating here:

Our next Adult SK8 is February 8th. Read more here.

 

Sources:

Top 10 Health Benefits of Roller Skating

http://www.planetonwheels.com/store/Health-Benefits-of-Skating.

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Skater of the Night

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Skater of the Night

We select a skater of the night  each week at Yarborough Leisure Centre and North Kesteven Sports Centre. The winner is invited back the following week for FREE! Visit our Facebook page to see previous winners.

July 10th and 11th

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Erin Bride Aged 7

Speed demon Erin joined us for the first time on Friday after hearing her friends talk about it. A few falls but by the end of the night she was holding her own…..

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Stacey Webb aged 13

Stacey is a regular and comes with her family. In the weekly game of ‘Stuck in the Mud’ she was ‘it’ and did a brilliant job of catching others making the game a real success.

July 4th & 5th

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Spencer, Aged 9.

This week was his second time skating with us and he now considers himself a regular! He had many little bumps and a few tumbles but absolutely loved his skating experience. Spencer comes with his mum. Well done Spencer!

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Amelia Topely

Amelia won skater of the night after coming for the first time and making a real impression. She came with 6 friends to celebrate her birthday. Happy birthday and congratulations.

Interested in having your birthday party with us? Read reviews and find our more here.

Dates for your diary – we like to help you plan ahead, please visit our blog home page for closure dates coming up.

Want to know how many calories you burned during the session? Visit here.