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How to Turn Smoothly on Roller Skates

Learn how to turn smoothly on roller skates from former World Champion speed skater Gypsy Lucas in this Howcast video.

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Hey, guys. We're going to talk about turning smoothly, so how to make a turn using your edges. So when you're going to lean and go around a corner, you can either use your edges or crossing over. So edges, we're going to bend our knees, We're going to lean the direction that we're turning.

So we'll be nose, knee, toe, leaning to the inside of the turn. And then we're just going to push with our outside foot straight, and really focusing on that outside edge, turning around the corner. When we change directions, we bring everything back together, weight transfer to the other leg so we can turn to the right now. We're going to push out with our left, and again nose, knee, toe, leaning to the inside of the turn. And then we'll push out and then come back through, change your motion to the left side, and do the same thing.

So this is what it looks like really small. We're just going to bend, and lean in, and push out. Notice how I'm leaning to the inside of my circle here, keeping my shoulders square, keeping my hips square, and just pushing to the outside. And then change to the other foot. Same thing, pushing to the outside, leaning to the inside of my circle, keeping my shoulders and hips square to the center of that circle. So that's how you make a smooth turn. So this is what it looks like on a grand scale.

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