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When starting to roller skate, remember to first relax, bend your knees and find your dominant leg and push off with it; learn more about how to roller skate from an expert skater in this free skating video.

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Today I am here to talk about roller skating, about how to start and then how to get going. So the first things that you need to know is don?t be a robot that's always the first time skater?s biggest mistake. They stiffen up and become like a robot, but what they need to do is relax and get comfortable on the skates. Always make sure that the skates feel good on your feet, ask yourself are they to lose, are they to tight? Your skates should always fit just right. Then what you need to do is get into a stance where your knees are slightly bent, absolutely do not lock your knees that is the biggest danger in a first time skater. If you do lock up your knees then you well undoubtedly fall so be prepared to fall. It doesn't hurt the worst part about it is the fear of falling that's way worse than the fall itself. So what you will need to do is get into a comfortable stance. Make sure that your knees are not locked and then slowly push off with whichever leg is not your dominate leg. Your dominate leg is usually the same as your dominate hand, not always but usually. The dominate leg will be the one that you feel most comfortable with skating on for long periods of time. So start off and get comfortable, figure out your dominate leg and then push off with the other leg. For me it's my left so I would push off with my dominate leg, moving slowly with my right. Then when you get comfortable with this bring your left leg back to the ground and then slowly push off with your dominate leg this is how you move forward. Don't be afraid, make sure that you are comfortable with your stance and that your knees are not locked at any time. Often when roller blading, it helps to have your arms bent a little bit and not straight at your sides. Just feel comfortable and get a rhythm started moving forward, it's quite simple really.

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