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How to Maintain Your Balance on In-Line Skates

Learn how to balance on your rollerblades from in-line skater Tim Phang in this Howcast video.

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Hi, I'm Tim Phang. I'm 23 years old. I've been skating for about 12 years. I'm from Arlington, Virginia which is right outside of Washington, D.C. I'm now sponsored by Universal Skate Design, and I'm going to be talking to you about rollerblading. Balance is the most basic part of rollerblading. When you start skating it's going to feel a little bit weird to have wheels beneath your feet. A lot of people think that because inline skates have all the wheels in line that balance is going to be difficult but it's really not and it just takes a little bit of practice. There are essentially three different types of balance in skating. There is balance when you are rolling around. There's balance when you're in a skate park and you're on ramps and there is balance when you're on grinds. Each is a little bit different and it's just going to require a little bit of practice and you have to remember that balance changes depending on what your doing during those activities so different grinds require different forms of balance. If your on one foot versus two feet, if your grinding on different parts of your skates, it's all going to require different balance. If your skating in a skate park, different levels of steepness, different curvature of the ramps is all going to require different balance. Eventually when you get used to skating, your balance will get better and you'll get used to skating in a lot of different ways and eventually it'll just become second nature. When you're skating, to keep your balance, you want to make sure that you keep your knees bent and use your arms to help steady yourself. Also the best way to gain balance when skating is to just skate a lot. The more time you spend on your skates, the more comfortable you'll get and the better your balance will be.

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