5 Tips for New Skaters

Did Santa bring you some roller skates for Christmas?
Did you recently have a birthday or other celebration and received some roller skates?
Perhaps you’ve treated yourself to the gift of roller skating?

Congratulations!! Now what?

Here’s a few tips to quickly get you started on your new wheels:

1. Invest in some protective gear
A set of knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards are found at your local sporting goods store for relatively low cost. A helmet is also recommended.

Seriously, don’t skip this part. It’s too important when you’re just starting out. An injury can not only hurt your body, but your confidence too. Totally preventable. Protective gear is a simple way to minimize the inevitable bumps of bruises of learning along the way.

2. Take a Lesson
Youtube videos are books are great, but nothing beats real-time feedback and motivation. A good instructor will help you learn proper fundamentals and stop any bad habits before they start. You simply can’t get that from a video. An instructor will probably also have good nuggets of info on gear, places to skate, etc.

If you have a local roller rink, check to see if they offer lessons. If you don’t have a rink in your local area, search this directory to find a certified skate instructor in your area.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay area, I am a certified skate instructor and would be happy to help.
Click for more info on private lessons with me.

3. Make friends with falling
Falling is a part of skating. (believe me, I do it all the time.)
Steps 1 & 2 are essential to this process. There is a correct way to fall. Make sure to learn it.

4. Allow yourself to be a beginner
Even if you’ve skated previously, cut yourself some slack if it doesn’t come as easily as you hoped. I didn’t start out skating the way I do now. It took a bit of practice.

Strive for greatness, but make sure your expectations of yourself are realistic. Take it slow and progress in a way that feels good to you – don’t worry about what others are doing.

5. Have fun!
Remember why you wanted to skate in the first place. Roller skating is super fun!!

Enjoy! Happy Skating!

#RollWithSoul

New Year Skate Motivation

It’s that time of the year again, where we start thinking about starting the new year off with a renewed determination to eat better and exercise more. #NewYearsResolutions

I’m right there with you! For me, this year’s wedding planning and a busy work schedule dropped my skate nights from 3-4 a week to about 1. Dreadful. This is no way to live!

Time to get back on track!

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All exercise is great, but as the picture demonstrates, skaters have the advantage to keep up healthy habits because skating is fun and enjoyable!

Here’s a couple tips to stay motivated!

1. Remember why you skate.
Big smiles? (See above photo.) The great music? How about the sweet, sweet feeling of the wind blowing through your hair? Getting love from your skate crew? All these are great reasons to lace up!!

2. Give yourself a micro-challenge
Practice a new skill, or work on a move that’s been giving you trouble for awhile. Mastering a new skill will open many new doors to new ones! Level up!

3. Take photos and videos to share!
Post photos and videos of your skating so that your friends and family can see what you’re up to and cheer on your progress! Maybe they’ll want to join you! (We can’t let those CrossFitters have all the fun!) Create a visual reminder of your journey (See #1).

4. Post-Skate High
Get those endorphins pumping! A great skate brings out the natural feel-good vibes and keeps the motivation going! You’ll feel your body getting stronger and leaner as well!

5. Take a skating class or private lesson
A great way to work out those nervous kinks. Let a certified skate instructor show you the fundamentals! If you already know how, a private lesson can help you unlearn any bad habits and provide some fine-tuning to unlock your full potential. With both money and time invested, you’ll be more likely to keep at it!

If you live in the San Francisco area, I can help! Learn more here.

Good luck in the new year skaters!

Whatever you do, keep rolling!
#SkateEveryDamnDay #RollWithSoul

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Wear your Skate Pride: Updated Designs!

If you love to roller skate, and you want to wear your skate pride, I’ve got dozens of great roller skating themed shirts for you!

In my 20 year career as a professional designer, I’ve designed apparel for some of the biggest names in entertainment including Usher, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, and even classic bands like The Beatles.

So you know these are premium designs you’ll LOVE to show off at your next skate party. That’s because they are designed by a SKATER, for SKATERS.

Be sure to join my facebook page (Or see button on the left), as I periodically post great deals and sale codes.

Here’s just a few available designs, click the photo below and start shopping!

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Rink Safety Infographic

Roller skating is super fun, but it also involves some risk.

If we all respect one another and follow the same general guidelines we can make skating a fun and SAFE experience for everyone! This prevents people from getting injured and keeps rink owners from getting sued and going out of business.

I’ve created this handy safety infographic to help educate parents and others who may be new to the rink environment. These guidelines are geared toward the average, all-ages public session. Other adult sessions may have additional guidelines so be sure to pay attention to your surroundings.

Please feel free to share. Sharing is caring!
(Click the image to view/download the full size version.)

Download a 11×17 printable PDF here!

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Aug. 27 Michael Jackson Roller Disco

August 29th, 2016 would have marked the King of Pop’s 58th birthday.
The Church of 8 Wheels is celebrating with a special roller disco night filled with music from Michael as well as his famous musical family.

Join me, White Chocolate for a fun theme night!
Get out your best MJ moves, costumes and skate!

SATURDAY AUGUST 27, 7-11PM

AGES 18+
$10 ADMISSION | $5 SKATE RENTAL
(CASH ONLY)

Facebook Event Link

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July/August 2016 Skate Classes

NEW WAYS TO LEARN!!

Every Saturday at San Francisco’s Church of 8 Wheels we hold skate lessons for those who want to learn the basics, and now for those looking to learn additional skills!

Pretty soon you’ll have your PhD in SK8ology!

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BEGINNER SKATE CLASS – Saturdays 1-2pm

This class overs the fundamentals of skating technique. We have several wonderful instructors on rotation each week. I’ll be teaching on the following dates:

  • July 30
  • August 6
  • August 13

Class is for kids as well as adults! Drop ins welcomed and encouraged!

STARTING JULY 23 – ROLLER SKILLS WORKSHOP
Saturdays 2-3pm

If you’re beyond the beginner stage and want to work on additional skills, we’ve now got a class for you! This class will teach beginning backward skating and offer additional skills training to prepare you for more advanced moves.

The 7/23 preview class will be FREE! Classes after 7/23 will be regular price.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Private lessons can also be arranged at the Church.
Please reserve in advance by email.

For lesson rates and additional details, please visit: www.cora.org/skatelessons.html


PUBLIC SKATE SESSIONS

After class is over, improving your skating skills is all about PRACTICE!
The Church of 8 Wheels offers 2 more public skating sessions on Saturday. It’s a great way to get more practice.

  • 3-5pm – Afternoon family skate
  • 7-11pm – Roller Disco Party (18+ only)

Hope to help get you started on your skate journey soon!