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How to Skate Forward to Backward on Roller Skates

Learn how to skate forward to backward on roller skates from former World Champion speed skater Gypsy Lucas in this Howcast video.


Hey, guys. We're going to talk about roller skating from forward skating to backward skating. There's a couple of different ways to do it. The first one is mohawk turn. So when you start off, bend your knees. Make sure your chest is a little bit forward, open your hips. So forward skating, open, backward skating, close. So that's the first way. When you're rolling, sometimes it's hard to get your feet all the way turned out.

So you can start with off-skates and just point your toes out and just work on those muscles so that they get pointed out further so that you're not just turning halfway. Make sure that you're able to stand on one foot, because that's going to be really important when you turn. So it's forward skating, open. Transfer the weight to the backward skating, and close.

So this is what it looks like for the mohawk turn. So nice and easy. Another one is called a disco turn. So it's basically the same move, but it's basically a bigger circle. So you're going to be kind of turning in a half moon like this. So it's an easier way to do the mohawk turn without actually staying in a straight line. You're going to go forwards, but you're going to actually kind of veer off in another direction. So just make sure when you start doing this you have a look around, and make sure you're not going to run anybody over. So here we go.

So those are the two ways of going forwards to backwards. Both of them can be transferred into roller skating, jam skating, roller derby, speed skating if you need it, and definitely street skating. So happy practicing, and we'll see you on the roads.

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